Financial Aid: Scholarships

Kennesaw State University is proud to offer scholarships to incoming freshmen, incoming transfer and currently enrolled students.

The application is open from November 1st – March 1st for most scholarships, and the deadline for Letters of Recommendation is March 1st. To be considered for need-based scholarships, the FAFSA must be completed by the March 1st priority deadline.

The KSU Foundation Scholarship: Established by private donors and awarded each year to students with excellent academic achievement and/or those students with financial need and who represent the high standards of Kennesaw State University.

  • All scholarship recipients must be degree-seeking students in good academic standing.
  • Most undergraduate scholarship awards require at least half-time (6 hours) attendance, and some programs require full-time (12 hours) attendance.
  • Graduate scholarships require 5 credit hours for part-time and 9 for full-time.

Merit Based Scholarships: Awarded based on academic achievement, potential, leadership skills, extracurricular activities, community service and individual scholarship criteria regardless of financial need.

Need Based Scholarships: Awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. Additional requirements such as leadership skills, community involvement and individual scholarship criteria will also be considered.

Letters of Recommendations are required for the following:

  • Declared English Majors
  • College of Science and Mathematics Veterans Scholarship
  • National Science Foundation Scholarship
  • Education majors who have been accepted into the year-long cohort practicum experience
  • International students who are active members of ISA

Staff Senate Scholarship: Awarded to KSU employees enrolled in accredited courses within the University System of Georgia. Online application available from June 1st – July 7th. Contact Human Resources for more information.

External Scholarships

You Asked. We Listened.

At KSU, our students come first. You asked for an easy, straightforward and mobile-friendly way to apply for scholarships – and we delivered. KSU has launched an easy, mobile and personalized process that makes finding and applying for scholarships easier than ever. When you’re ready to find scholarships, our scholarship finder will match you to your best fit opportunities! 

We’re proud to say that KSU students will now be able to:

  • Answer questions that will match you to eligible scholarship opportunities.
  • Apply online to multiple scholarships through a personalized portal.
  • View scholarship metrics to determine your chances and the effort required to apply.
  • Receive alerts whenever you are matched to new scholarship opportunities.

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We encourage you to research opportunities for external scholarships. When searching for additional funds, you should never have to pay to submit a scholarship application. In addition, you should never pay someone to help you find scholarship resources. Many entities provide free scholarship searches, such as The College Board, and more.


***KSU employees are eligible to apply for the KSU Staff Senate Annual Scholarship only, as they can apply for tuition assistance (TAP). Contact Human Resources for more information.