Overview

Kennesaw State University is pleased to count several distinguished scholarship recipients among its current student and alumni populations. Dr. Michelle Miles, KSU’s Director of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships, is housed in the Honors College and is pleased to assist current and former KSU students in their respective application processes for prestigious undergraduate and postgraduate awards.

Each term, Dr. Miles offers information sessions on subjects ranging from how to discover, select, and apply for scholarships, craft successful personal statements, structure a curriculum vitae, and tips on composing an academic portfolio. The sessions are open to the university public, and Honors students, in particular, are encouraged to attend. Visit our frequently asked questions section for answers in these workshops.

As successful scholarship winners will attest, the process of composing a competitive application takes several months of thoughtful and active preparation. While the timetable of each scholarship as well as the particulars of each application will vary, students should identify the awards for which they plan to apply well in advance and schedule individual appointments with Dr. Miles (via email @ mmiles18@kennesaw.edu) to discuss the particulars of their application process and to construct a personalized timeline to completion. As certain awards will require university nomination and/or endorsement and potentially include a campus interview, national deadlines are often preceded by internal ones. Please contact Dr. Miles for specifics.

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Scholarships for KSU Honors Students

  • You must be accepted to Kennesaw State University and KSU Journey Honors College.  Each scholarship may also have additional eligibility criteria as specified below. Scholarship amounts may vary annually based on market performance and other factors. More information on all KSU scholarships can be viewed below.

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  • To apply for Honors scholarships, fill out the KSU Scholarship Universe Application after you have been accepted into KSU Journey Honors College.

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  • The scholarship application opens November 1st – April 1st for the following academic year. 

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  • Recipients of scholarships are typically notified of their awards in early May.  All communication will be sent to the student’s KSU email account.

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  • Students who have been awarded a renewable scholarship must complete the scholarship application each year.

*KSU Journey Honors College continues to raise funds to provide academic scholarships to as many Honors students as possible. Currently, we are unable to offer every student an academic scholarship. However, we do encourage students to reapply for Honors scholarships every academic year via the online scholarship portal.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Award: $3000

    First Year: $1000
    Second Year: $1000
    Third Year: $1000

    *PEGS Students also travel internationally twice during the five-semester program. A significant amount of additional scholarship funds are provided for students in the PEGS program. 

    Eligibility: 

    • Acceptance into the PEGS cohort and the KSU Journey Honors College
    • KSU-calculated high school GPA of 3.7 or higher
    • SAT score of at least 1220 or an ACT score of at least 25 (with the exception of fall 2021 admits)
    • To maintain the scholarship, must be in good standing with the KSU Journey Honors College (not on probation) and maintain above a 3.5 GPA
    • Must enroll in the Introduction to Honors course during first semester in KSU Journey Honors College

    *The number of these awards varies by year and is determined through review of applications.

  • Award: $1000

    Eligibility:

    • Acceptance into the Ancient and Modern Classics cohort and the KSU Journey Honors College

    • KSU-calculated high school GPA of 3.6 or higher

    • SAT score of at least 1220 or an ACT score of at least 25 (with the exception of fall 2021 admits)

    • Fewer than 12 hours of college coursework completed

    • To maintain the scholarship, must be in good standing with the KSU Journey Honors College (not on probation) and maintain above a 3.25 GPA
    • Must enroll in the Introduction to Honors course during first semester in KSU Journey Honors College
  • Award: $2000

    • Admission to KSU and KSU Journey Honors College
    • KSU-confirmed adjusted GPA of 3.5 or higher
    • SAT Score of at least 1220 or an ACT score of at least 25 (with the exception of fall 2021)
    • Must enroll in the Introduction to Honors course during first semester in KSU Journey Honors College

    *The number of these awards varies by year and is determined through review of applications.

  • Award: $500

    Eligibility: 

    • First time student admitted to KSU and KSU Journey Honors College
    • High school GPA of at least 3.5
    • SAT score of 1220 or higher or an ACT score of at least 25 (with the exception of fall 2021)
    • Must enroll in the Introduction to Honors course during first semester in KSU Journey Honors College

    *The number of these awards varies by year and is determined through review of applications.

  • Award: $1250

    First Year: $750
    Second Year: $500

    Eligibility: 

    • Admission to KSU and KSU Journey Honors College
    • KSU-confirmed adjusted GPA of 3.5 or higher
    • SAT Score of at least 1220 or an ACT score of at least 25 (with the exception of fall 2021)
    • To maintain the scholarship in year two, must be in good standing with the University Honors Program (not on probation) and maintain above a 3.25 GPA
    • Must enroll in the Introduction to Honors course during first semester in KSU Journey Honors College

    *The number of these awards varies by year and is determined through review of applications.

  • Award: $4000

    First Year: $1000
    Second Year: $1000
    Third Year: $1000
    Fourth Year: $1000

    Eligibility: 

    • Admission to KSU and KSU Journey Honors College
    • Pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
    • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the KSU Office of Student Financial Aid
    • To maintain the scholarship in years two-four, must be in good standing with the University Honors Program (not on probation) and maintain above a 3.25 GPA
    • Must enroll in the Introduction to Honors course during first semester in KSU Journey Honors College
  • The purpose of this merit-based scholarship is to recognize highly motivated, academically talented first-time first-year students enrolled in the KSU Journey Honors College at Kennesaw State University. The scholarship is intended to assist with filling the gap between the cost of attendance and funding from Georgia’s scholarship and grant programs. The Dasher-Spruell Presidential Scholarship may be used toward the cost of books, room and board and any other educational expenses, including study abroad. 

    Additional eligibility requirements: 

    • Applicants must have an incoming academic high school minimum GPA of 3.7 or better, as determined by KSU
    • Applicants must be residents of the state of Georgia

    Expectations:

    • For the scholarship to be renewable to the same student for a maximum of four years (assuming funds are available), he or she must remain in good standing in the KSU Journey Honors College and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale each award year.
    • The recipient will serve as ambassador for or representative of the KSU Journey Honors College and will be expected to participate in at least one Honors College activity or event per semester, as overseen by the Honors College. 
    • The recipient will participate in at least one student organization (Honors Club, discipline-based Honors society, fraternity/sorority, Center for Student Leadership, student government, or other registered student organization.
    • Must enroll in the Introduction to Honors course during first semester in KSU Journey Honors College

    *The number of these awards varies by year and is determined through review of applications.

  • This scholarship, intended for English majors enrolled in the KSU Journey Honors College, honors Dr. Patricia E. (Liza) Davis, professor of English, who served as director of the Kennesaw State University Honors Program since its inception in 1995 until her retirement in December 2016.  The scholarship honors Dr. Davis’ unwavering commitment to her students and her outstanding leadership in growing the Honors program. 

    This one-year, non-renewable scholarship is intended to support juniors and seniors majoring in English who are in good standing in the KSU Journey Honors College; preference will be given to rising seniors entering their final year of study.  The award may be used for tuition, fees, room, board, study abroad program fees or any other educational expenses.

    Eligibility requirements: 

    • The recipient must be a declared English major
    • The recipient must be a member in good standing of the KSU Journey Honors College
    • Preference will be given to rising seniors entering their final year of study

    *The number of these awards varies by year and is determined through review of applications.

Honors Travel Scholarships

All KSU Journey Honors College students may submit an application for study abroad support. The application linked below will be reviewed on a rolling basis and may be submitted by traditional Honors students as well as Honors students within any KSU Journey Honors College cohort.

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Travel Scholarships for Ancient and Modern Classics cohort students

Students must apply and be accepted first to KSU Journey Honors College and subsequently to the Ancient and Modern Classics cohort to apply for these travel scholarships. The deadline for the Ancient and Modern Classics travel scholarships is in November. All members of the Ancient and Modern Classics cohort will be notified of the application process.

Students seeking study abroad support for the Spring and/or Summer 2023 semesters should submit their applications by Friday, November 4, 2022 for best consideration.

  • The Barry and Sylvia Hyman Endowed International Education Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. E. Howard Shealy for his years of exceptional service to the study abroad program in Montepulciano, Italy. This scholarship will provide financial assistance to students properly enrolled in the Honors Ancient and Modern Classics cohort to study abroad in Italy. Recipients are awarded a scholarship to be applied towards the fees associated with their education abroad program.

    • Minimum 3.0 GPA required
    • Must have freshman status and be enrolled in the Honors Ancient and Modern Classics cohort
    • Must be enrolled full or part-time
    • Must be approved to study abroad in Montepulciano, Italy

    Contact honors@kennesaw.edu if you have questions.

  • The Robin Schmidt Shore Endowed Scholarship will provide financial assistance to freshman students admitted to the Honors Ancient and Modern Classics cohort to study abroad in Italy. Recipients are awarded a scholarship to be applied towards the fees associated with their education abroad program.

    • Minimum 3.0 GPA required
    • Must have freshman status and be enrolled in the Honors Ancient and Modern Classics cohort
    • Must be enrolled full-time
    • Must be approved to study abroad in Montepulciano, Italy 

    Contact honors@kennesaw.edu if you have questions.

  • The Jean Schade Boos International Study Abroad Scholarship will provide financial assistance to freshman students admitted to the Honors Ancient and Modern Classics cohort to study abroad in Italy. Recipients are awarded a scholarship to be applied towards the fees associated with their education abroad program.

    • Minimum 3.0 GPA required
    • Must have freshman status and be enrolled in the Honors Ancient and Modern Classics cohort
    • Must be enrolled full-time
    • Must be approved to study abroad in Montepulciano, Italy

    Contact honors@kennesaw.edu if you have questions.

  • The Vince Dooley Honors College International Study Abroad Scholarship will provide financial assistance to freshman students admitted to the Honors Ancient and Modern Classics cohort to study abroad in Italy. Recipients are awarded a scholarship to be applied towards the fees associated with their education abroad program.

    • Minimum 3.0 GPA required
    • Must have freshman status and be enrolled in the Honors Ancient and Modern Classics cohort
    • Must be enrolled full-time
    • Must be approved to study abroad in Montepulciano, Italy
    • Financial need as determined by the KSU Office of Student Financial Aid is preferred

    Contact honors@kennesaw.edu if you have questions.

 

Scholarship 101: Q&As

A Q&A with Dr. Michelle Miles, Director of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships.

  • There are a variety of national and international scholarships and fellowships for which KSU students are eligible to apply. These prestigious awards include such notable mentions as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright, and Goldwater awards. A comprehensive listing of scholarships can be found below. While many of these scholarships are for graduate study, there are also some awards available for undergraduates.

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  • While these scholarships are indeed highly competitive, KSU students – and in particular, KSU Honors students – are certainly viable candidates. Often, scholarship foundations are looking to diversify their student bodies, and as such, when an outstanding candidate applies from a university that has had few (or no) successful applicants (such as KSU), that student captures the attention of the scholarship committee(s). Since 2013, KSU has produced five Fulbright scholars and Gilman and Goldwater scholarship winners.
  • Most scholarships require a personal statement, a statement of grant purpose (or other scholarship-specific essay), a curriculum vitae, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation from at least three faculty members. Often, there will be an initial internal review of applicants prior to the national application submission. A select panel of KSU scholars and administrators will review the candidate’s materials, schedule an on campus interview, and decide whether or not to endorse the applicant. A letter from the institution will then formally nominate the student for the award.
  • While many scholarship applications will not be submitted until the fall or spring semesters of the student’s senior year, the most successful applicants begin working on their application long beforehand. Ideally, a student should identify the award(s) for which she plans to apply at least six months ahead of time and meet with Dr. Miles early in order to learn more about the specifics of the award as well as to create a timeline towards completion.
  • Students are encouraged to make an appointment with Dr. Miles (preferably, by email at mmiles18@kennesaw.edu) to discuss their interest in applying for scholarships/fellowships. If the student has a good sense of his or her field, area of interest, etc., that’s more than enough to begin! During your first meeting with Dr. Miles, students will discuss their talents, aspirations, etc. This information will be used to determine the best possible application fits. Dr. Miles also has some print materials that she is able to lend students that will allow for their extended perusal of available opportunities. In addition, Dr. Miles periodically offers university-wide workshops to anyone interested in learning more about scholarships and fellowships.