In the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, we aim to connect incoming freshmen, transfer and currently enrolled students with opportunities to enhance their education. Our main focus is helping students get money for college expenses.

No matter where you are in the scholarship process, we have resources available to walk you through each step of the way. Kennesaw State University is proud to provide our students with ScholarshipUniverse, a one-stop-shop tool to search and apply for thousands of scholarships. With hundreds of KSU scholarships and thousands of external scholarships available on this portal, a potential universe of funding opportunities awaits. 

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Unlike other scholarship websites, ScholarshipUniverse provides a customized list of the scholarships whose eligibility requirements you meet, saving you time and effort. You can also be confident knowing that a third-party company has vetted all scholarships listed and that your information will not be sold. Whether you’re a student, parent or scholarship committee member, ScholarshipUniverse has you covered. 

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How to Apply for Scholarships Using ScholarshipUniverse

Once you have been accepted to KSU, you can begin using Scholarship Universe to search and apply for scholarships. 

  1. Current KSU students, log in to ScholarshipUniverse with your NetID and password.
  2. Select the Questions tab to the left and begin answering questions about yourself and your academic plans. 
  3. Click the Scholarships tab on the left side of the screen to view scholarships whose eligibility requirements you meet.
  4. Filter your display by amount, application end date or scholarship type.
  5. View or Apply for any scholarships displayed in your Matched section.
  6. You can also search for a specific scholarship by name if you do not see it in your Matched section. Once your desired scholarship is located, be sure you answer all related questions. 
  7. Upload your resume and essay. Most scholarships do not require letters of recommendation; however, if letters of recommendation are requested on your application, you will see this clearly stated in ScholarshipUniverse. Through ScholarshipUniverse, you will send an invitation to individuals requesting they write your two recommendation letters.
  8. Review and submit your application. Please note, you are able to answer additional questions to match to additional scholarships after submitting your initial application. The more questions you answer, the more scholarship matches you may receive.
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The KSU Foundation Scholarships

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

The Scholarship Universe application for KSU Foundation Scholarships is open from November 1st through April 15th for the 2024-2025 academic year, for most scholarship programs. All applications must be submitted by April 15th at 11:59pm EST.  Please note, some programs have an earlier application deadline of March 1st.

The KSU Foundation Scholarships: 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. To be considered for a need-based scholarship, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline.

Staff Senate Scholarship: Awarded to KSU employees enrolled in accredited courses within the University System of Georgia. Online application available from December 1st through January 1st. Contact Human Resources for more information.

How to Search 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. 

***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.