Emergency Retention Scholarship

Recognizing the need to provide financial assistance to students who show evidence of a one-time extreme personal hardship due to an unexpected circumstances, the dean of students established a special Emergency Retention Scholarship.  This scholarship is fully funded through private donations, and KSU relies on the generosity of our donors and the partnership with our KSU Foundation to provide whatever assistance is possible at the time of need based upon the available balance in the fund.  Unfortunately, given the limited funds available, the university is not able to support all legitimate needs, but continually strives to heighten awareness and seek financial support to expand the fund.

Students who experienced a one-time extreme personal need due to an unexpected circumstances, crisis or emergency, and have already exhausted all other possible avenues of support, are welcome to contact the Office of the Dean of Students.  Emergency funds must be used for educational related expenses that support the ability of the student to remain enrolled at KSU.

All requests must be submitted in writing, and the preferred method to receive requests is via email to deanofstudents@kennesaw.edu.  The more detailed information provided the better.  A review team will consult on all requested and submit recommendations to the Dean of Students for final consideration.  The review team will be comprised minimally of campus representatives from financial aid, counseling and psychological services, and the CARE Center, along with any function-specific representatives who might be able to provide additional insight into the special needs of the student, such as residence life, international programs, disability services, or faculty members that the student might identify.

This fund is different from the emergency loan program administered through Financial Aid and all currently enrolled students are eligible to submit requests.  In addition to monetary awards, as appropriate the review team may be able to coordinate other resources and services to assist students, such as in-kind gifts of items a student needs.

However possible, whether directly through our own means or in partnership with the great community, KSU is committed to helping our students achieve success.

Interested in supporting this important scholarship fund with a tax deductible donation?  Visit the link below and under Gift Designation Choice please select "Emergency Retention Annual Scholarship."  Every gift helps, and the students receiving this support are so very appreciative!

Student Success Scholarship Fund