Scholarship Information


Discover the Kappa Foundation Scholarship Types

To help our members in their academic pursuits, the Kappa Foundation grants scholarships to hundreds of undergraduates and graduates every year. Apply for one today!

As our members strive to make a meaningful change in the world around them, we empower them to reach their full potential. It’s why our scholarships are built on a simple premise: encourage our sisters to reach their educational goals. 

To help our members in their academic pursuits, the Kappa Foundation grants scholarships to hundreds of undergraduates and graduates every year.

Scholarship applications open Nov. 15, 2021, and must be submitted by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Feb. 1, 2022. No late materials are accepted.

Note: Continuing Education Grants have different application deadlines. Please click below to learn more. 

Most scholarships are $3,000 and are awarded for the following academic year. The Kappa Foundation was pleased to award over $1.27 million in scholarships for the 2021–22 academic year.

Looking to learn more? Check out the Scholarship Application Guide for a timeline of the scholarship cycle, including when notifications, agreements and disbursements are sent.

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Undergraduate applicants may apply for a merit-based OR need-based scholarship, but not both. If you try to apply for both types of scholarships, neither application will be accepted.

If you will be a fifth-year undergraduate student, apply for an undergraduate merit-based or need-based scholarship, not a graduate scholarship.

Merit-based awards are up to $3,000 per year or up to $1,500 per term.

Requirements include:

  • Initiated by Feb. 1, 2021.
  • Dues-paying member in good standing throughout the term of the scholarship for the 2021–22 academic year.
  • Full-time enrollment, which is considered a minimum of 12 credit hours per term.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Supporting documents:
    • Two references.
    • A chapter reference from the President, Vice President Standards/Standards Director, Chapter Council Adviser/Executive Board Adviser, or Standards Adviser.
    • An academic reference from a college professor, teaching assistant, dean or academic adviser. References from high school teachers, coaches or Greek advisers are not accepted and your application will be ineligible. The scholarship reference link within the online application must be used to request a reference.
      • Reference prompt: In 250 words or less, please describe why the applicant is a good candidate for a Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation scholarship. Please describe your personal knowledge of the applicant's significant academic or other accomplishments, their work ethic, and any special circumstances that would help us know the applicant better.
    • An unofficial transcript or advising report with fall 2020 grades that shows your cumulative GPA. Your transcript must include your name and school.

Undergraduate applicants may apply for a merit-based OR need-based scholarship, but not both. If you try to apply for both types of scholarships, neither application will be accepted.

If you will be a fifth-year undergraduate student, apply for an undergraduate merit-based or need-based scholarship, not a graduate scholarship.

Need-based awards are up to $5,000 per year or up to $2,500 per term.

Requirements include:

  • Initiated by Feb. 1, 2021.
  • Dues-paying member in good standing throughout the term of the scholarship for the 2021–22 academic year.
  • Full-time enrollment, which is considered a minimum of 12 credit hours per term.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrated financial need.
  • Supporting documents:
    • One reference.
      • A chapter reference from the President, Vice President Standards/Standards Director, Chapter Council Adviser/Executive Board Adviser, or Standards Adviser. The scholarship reference link within the online application must be used to request a reference.
        • Reference prompt: In 250 words or less, please describe why the applicant is a good candidate for a Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation scholarship. Please describe your personal knowledge of the applicant's significant academic or other accomplishments, their work ethic, and any special circumstances that would help us know the applicant better.
      • An unofficial transcript or advising report with fall 2020 grades that shows your cumulative GPA. Your transcript must include your name and school.
    • Financial documents.
      • Upload two of the following financial aid supporting documents:
        • A screenshot or letter showing you have accepted your college/university financial aid package. This is often called a financial aid award letter.
        • A screenshot or letter showing your unique official cost of attendance (COA). You will be ineligible for a scholarship if you upload a copy of your university’s webpage with general tuition costs.
        • A full version of your student aid report. This can be located on your FAFSA account.
      • Note: All uploads must include your name and current academic year to be considered for a need-based scholarship. Any documents that do not include this information could make your application ineligible.

For undergraduate Kappas who find themselves with extreme financial need due to a new or existing situation, applying for a Marisol Scholarship may be an option.

If you meet the requirements for an undergraduate need-based scholarship, you may also meet the requirements for the Marisol Scholarship. The award covers 75% of educational costs, including tuition and fees, housing costs and books.

Requirements include:

  • Second-year, full-time college student.
  • On campus during the entire academic year.
    • If you plan to study abroad or have an off-campus internship during the 2021–22 academic year, do not apply for the Marisol Scholarship.
  • Required documents for the need-based scholarship (see above) as well as the Marisol Scholarship documents, including:
    • The Marisol Scholarship application (editable Word document).
    • An academic or professional reference that speaks to your “persistent desire for an education.” This reference cannot be from a relative.
    • Financial document: parents’ or guardians’ 1040 tax forms with Social Security numbers removed or blacked out before submitting.
      • If your parents or guardians do not claim you as a dependent, please upload a letter from them stating this information.

The award for full-time students is up to $3,000 per year or up to $1,500 per term. The award for part-time students is up to $1,500 per year or up to $750 per term. Full-time student status is considered nine credit hours per term and part-time student status is considered between three and 8.9 credit hours per term.

Keep this in mind: Rose McGill Continuing Education Grants are available for students with fewer than three credit hours per term. Click here for the application 

Requirements include:

  • Dues-paying member. Alumnae applying for graduate scholarships must pay the $25 per capita fee to their local alumnae association or via Dues Direct.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • An unofficial transcript or advising report with fall 2020 grades that shows your cumulative GPA. Your transcript must include your name and school. If you were not in school for the fall 2020 term, include your most recent transcript.
  • If your graduate school program uses pass/fail, you must have passing grades to apply.
  • Academic or professional reference. Graduate scholarship applicants may use either the “Request a reference” link within the online application or they may upload a reference that speaks to this prompt:
    • In 250 words or less, please describe why the applicant is a good candidate for a Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation scholarship. Please describe your personal knowledge of the applicant's significant academic or other accomplishments, their work ethic, and any special circumstances that would help us know the applicant better.

The Rose McGill Alumna Continuing Education Grant is specifically for alumna members who have found it necessary to interrupt their education or who need further education for the purpose of career qualification or advancement. Grants do not exceed $1,000 per year and are awarded on the basis of need, merit, and individual goals for study at a college, university, or vocational or technical school. These grants are not available to full-time graduate students. They are designed to fund part-time study, usually for a specific course.

Application deadline: Aug. 1, Dec. 1, May 1. 

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