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Incoming Freshman Scholarships

Kean University offers a comprehensive array of merit and need-based scholarships for incoming freshmen. These scholarships can be divided into three distinct categories:

FRESHMAN MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS
No Application Required

These awards are given based on the University’s review of undergraduate applications for admission. Only recent high school graduates admitted as full-time freshmen are eligible. These scholarships are renewable for up to 4 years of undergraduate study when a cumulative 3.0 GPA is maintained through continuous full-time enrollment. 

SAT score criteria include critical reading (verbal) and mathematics only. The writing/essay score is not considered in the total at this time. Composite scores may be used for scholarship consideration.

There are five Freshman Merit Scholarships:

SCHOLARSHIP NAME AWARD  AMOUNT GPA & SAT (critical reading+math only) or ACT Composite RENEWAL CONDITIONS
William Livingston Full In-State Tuition & Fees 3.5 / 1300 or 29 ACT 3.0 & Full-time Enrollment
Kean $4,000 3.5 / 1250 or 28 ACT 3.0 & Full-time Enrollment
Trustee $3,000     3.0 / 1200 or 26 ACT 3.0 & Full-time Enrollment
Presidential $2,500     3.0 / 1150 or 25 ACT     3.0 & Full-time Enrollment
Academic Merit $2,000 3.0 / 1100 or 24 ACT 3.0 & Full-time Enrollment

DISTINGUISHED FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIPS
Application Required

The following two Distinguished Freshman Scholarships are available to recent high school graduates admitted as full-time freshmen. Applicants must complete a separate scholarship application obtained directly from either the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics (NJCSTM) office or the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Students may only receive either the Freshman Merit or the Distinguished Freshman scholarship. They cannot be combined. Following is the criteria for both types of Distinguished Freshman Scholarships:

NJCSTM Scholarship
For incoming freshmen who matriculate directly in this academic major’s five year, combined Bachelor/Master’s degree program, freshmen and sophomores who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for NJCSTM in-state tuition scholarships based on their SAT scores (math/critical reading combined) at time of entry whereby:

100% in-state tuition paid for those with 1300 SAT and above
75% in-state tuition paid for those with 1200 SAT and above
50% in-state tuition paid for those with 1100 SAT and above 

For students in NJCSTM who commit to teach for three years in a New Jersey school upon graduation, scholarships may be renewable for up to five years in accordance with program requirements. For academic program information, contact 908-737-7202 or email njcste@kean.edu. Students admitted to the 4+4 BS/md Scholars Program are not eligible for these awards, as that is a flat-rate tuition program. 

College of Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship
A select number of full-tuition scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen with a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA who pursue undergraduate degrees in design, fine arts, music or theatre. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and continuous full-time enrollment. Eligible applicants must first alert the College faculty of their interest in this highly competitive scholarship by calling (908) 737-4376, then submit a Foundation Scholarship Application and provide either an audition or a portfolio for faculty review before a final decision is rendered.

FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN
Application Required

Incoming freshmen can apply for several Kean University Foundation Scholarships via an online application that is available between December 1st and March 1st for the following Fall semester. Please review the following list of Foundation Scholarships. There is no need to apply individually for each scholarship, as the one online application will put you in the running for all of those which are available.

Ronald & Susan L. Applbaum Scholarship Endowment
Recipients must be from New Jersey with a 3.0 minimum GPA. Awarded to incoming freshmen in the upper 10th percentile of their graduating class.
Dr. Michael F. Montgomery, Sr. Music Scholarship
Intended to provide financial support to an incoming freshman who has expressed interest in being a music major and demonstrated a financial need. 
Dr. Reynold E. and Mary B. Burch Endowed Scholarship
Granted to unmarried students who are recent high-school graduates and enrolled in health-related fields. Must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Jarred Crowley Annual Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to incoming freshmen with a demonstrated financial need. Preference given to students from Hamilton High School West, NJ (Mercer County); or prospective criminal justice majors from New Jersey.
Richard Cudina '78 Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Richard Cudina, a Kean alumnus who was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.
Jane D’Onofrio Endowed & Annual Scholarships
Awarded to students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and minimum 1000 SAT who demonstrate financial need. Preference given to business majors. 
Anne Evans Estabrook Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to entering freshmen deemed to be among the best and brightest high school seniors in the areas of academic and community service or achievement. Minimum 3.0 GPA must be maintained for continuation of scholarship eligibility.
Frank Anderson Memorial Design Scholarship
Awarded to an incoming freshman with a minimum 3.25 GPA, who demonstrates proficiency in graphic design and financial need. A portfolio review of related work is required.
Ken and Anne Estabrook Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to an incoming freshman enrolled in the bachelor of science in Science and Technology Education Program with a minimum 3.0 GPA and 1200 SAT. Students must maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA to earn annual renewal for up to 5 years.
Ruth Keeler Gannon Scholarship Endowment 
This four-year scholarship is for students who demonstrate excellent academic standing, commitment to the community.
Arthur Geilfuss Endowed Scholarship 
Awarded to full-time freshmen in the College of Business and Public Administration with a minimum 3.4 GPA and SAT score of 1000.
Emma Geilfuss Endowed Scholarship 
Applicants must be full-time freshmen in the College of Business and Public Administration with a minimum 3.4 GPA and SAT score of 1000.
Mabel G. Holmes Endowed Scholarship 
This award is for students from Elizabeth (N.J.) High School who are incoming freshmen ranked in the upper third of their class demonstrating financial need.
Joe and Josie Gonnella Annual Scholarship in Design for Incoming Freshmen
Awarded to incoming HS students majoring in the BFA Graphic Design: Interactive, Print, Screen. Students must submit a portfolio of creative work, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and proven financial need
Kean University Foundation Endowed and Annual Scholarships 
Awarded to the best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of academics and community service. Eligible candidates must have a minimum 3.0 of a possible 4.0, demonstrate financial need and plan to reside on campus. 
Kean University Scholars Annual Scholarship
Awarded to full-time incoming freshmen or sophomore undergraduates from any major, who enroll having graduated from high school or transferred from an accredited college/university with a minimum 3.2 GPA out of a possible 4.0, demonstrate financial need and reside on campus. 
Divina Malanga Endowed Memorial Scholarship 
Given to females from Elizabeth (N.J.) High School who are incoming freshmen ranked in the upper third of their class and demonstrate financial need.
Edward and Dolly Miltner Endowed Scholarship 
Applicants must be incoming freshmen from Bergen County with a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to education majors.
Novartis Upward Bound Annual Scholarship
Granted to incoming full-time freshmen who are graduates of the Upward Bound Program. Applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.75.
Lennie Pierro Fine Arts Scholarship Endowment
Awarded to incoming freshmen with intended majors in Fine Arts. A departmental portfolio review is required.
Robert Busch Annual Scholarship in Design for Incoming Freshmen
Awarded to incoming HS students who are majoring in design. One scholarship will be awarded for each of the following majors: Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design. Students must submit a portfolio of creative work, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and proven financial need.
Senior Class Annual Scholarship 
This scholarship is granted to freshmen who exhibit academic excellence with a minimum 3.5 GPA. Preference is given to students who are not eligible for traditional financial aid and participate in well-rounded extracurricular and civic activities.
Damarys Vazquez Endowed & Annual Memorial Scholarships
Awarded to an incoming female freshman majoring in Early Childhood Education. The recipient must be a resident of Elizabeth, N.J.
James Volpe Memorial Annual Scholarship
Awarded to an incoming freshman who resides on campus and has graduated from high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA of a possible 4.0.

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