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How to Apply



To be considered for one of the multiple $1,000 scholarships that University Libraries will be giving away, you MUST meet ALL the following criteria:

1.  Completed an Academic Year 2024-25 FAFSA form
2.  In good standing with the University with a 3.0 GPA or better
3.   Sophomore, Junior or Senior undergraduate student
4.  Must attend the Kent Campus
5.  Must be enrolled for the following fall and spring semesters


September 1, 2023

Scholarship application materials available

December 18, 2023

Application materials and essay must be submitted online by 11:59 pm

February, 2024

Scholarship winners will be contacted 

Spring, 2024

Student appreciation event awards ceremony (date TBD)

Scholarship Application Steps - 2024-25 Academic Year

Please follow these steps carefully.

  1. Prepare and save the following items to submit:
    1. A. An Unofficial Transcript  Follow these steps to print/save an unofficial transcript to submit.
      • Log into FlashLine, and go to the “Student Dashboard."
      • Find the box labeled “Priority Resources.” You’ll see a link to “View Unofficial Transcript.” Click on that link.
      • For Academic Transcript Options, the default Transcript is “All Levels,” and the default “Transcript Type” is “Advising.” Click “Submit,” and your unofficial transcript will open.
      • To print the entire transcript, right click and then select “Print.”
        • Note: This may not work in every browser; Internet Explorer seems to work the best.
      • The file must be in PDF format to submit.
        • If you are using a browser with the functionality, or have an extension or add-on in your browsers, you may be able to choose "Save as PDF" in some way when printing.
        • If not, you can print the document and bring it to the Library, where we can show you how to scan and convert it to PDF format.  
    2. B. Your Essay  Answer the question, "How has University Libraries contributed to your success as a student?" Compose your essay so it contains at least 600 words but no more than 1,000 words, type it up, and save it in PDF format to submit. (See the FAQ for information about "word count.")
    3. C. Statement of Financial Need  On your application, if you are going to indicate that you are submitting an optional written personal statement of financial need along with using required Academic Year 2023-24 FAFSA information to show financial need, then you will need to type and submit that written statement along with documents A & B noted above. In that case you will submit three documents by the deadline below. This document should also be saved in PDF format for final submission. PLEASE NOTE: Information contained in the Academic Year 2023-24 FAFSA (required) will be used for determination of financial need.
  2. Once you have your application documents ready, go to this link: ScholarshipUniverse. The application form will ask you for other biographical information, and gives you the ability to upload your documents for different questions. This application must be completed and submitted by the deadline of Monday, December 18, 2023 at 11:59 pm. We are not able to accept late submissions.

If you have any questions not answered in the FAQ or anywhere else on these web pages, please contact Mary Lovin, University Libraries Communications Office, at mlovin [at] for additional information.


Essay Topic 2024-25

How has University Libraries contributed to your success as a student?

Essays are to be at least 600 but not more than 1,000 words. Successful essays will be focused, thoughtful, and free from grammatical and spelling errors. The winning essays will be published, so please do not include sensitive personal information in your essay.