Gold Key

Gold Key Scholarship Application

The Kellogg Community College Foundation Gold Key Scholarships are the College’s most prestigious scholarships, recognizing and encouraging outstanding academic and personal achievement awarded to full-time freshmen. Financial need is not a criterion for the Gold Key Scholarship.

The Gold Key Scholarship totals $9000. Recipients are awarded $4500 each year for two years. All scholarship applications are given equal consideration by a scholarship committee appointed by the KCC Foundation. The selection committee will review the applicant’s academic records, school, community, and service activities. At the completion of the review process, the committee will select Gold Key finalists to appear for a personal interview before a final determination is made on scholarship awards. Acceptance of this scholarship nullifies all other scholarship offers from KCC.

Criteria and Guidelines

  • Applicants must be a citizen of the United States or eligible non-citizen.
  • Recent high school graduate entering as a full-time freshman.
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher.
  • ACT of 22 or higher.
  • Demonstrate leadership experience; community and service activity and school involvement.
  • Scholarship funds will be credited to the student’s KCC financial aid account. Scholarship awards can be used for KCC tuition, fees, and/or books. Unused funds will not be refunded.
  • Scholarship funds cannot be used at a different college or university.
  • KCC employees and their dependents are not eligible.

Gold Key Recipient Responsibilities

  • Register for HUMA 200 (Honors Seminar) in your first fall semester as a KCC student. Registration and participation is required.
  • Adhere to the KCC Student Code of Conduct, as specified in the Student Handbook.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student (12 credits or more) for the fall and spring semesters and maintain a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average.
  • Become a member of the KCC Honors Program, which includes fulfilling Honors Program completion requirements.
  • Attend the KCC Foundation Scholarship Dinner held each October; you will receive an invitation in the mail.
  • When eligible, join Phi Theta Kappa (the International Honors Society of the Two-Year College) and maintain active involvement.
  • Write a thank you letter to your scholarship donor each spring semester.
  • Actively participate in one or more college co-curricular activities each fall and spring semester, which may be through, but not limited to: Student Leadership Institute, Student Life events/programs, student organizations, vocal and/or instrumental music, theater, and/or the Bruin Newspaper.
  • Attend at least one enrichment program each fall and spring semester, on or off campus, such as, but not limited to: theater productions, guest lectures, concerts or film presentations.
  • Attend at  least one mandatory meeting each fall and spring semester as determined by the Manager of Student Life.

Applicant Requirements

  • Submit a completed Gold Key Scholarship Application by the deadline.
  • (Answer each question to the best of your ability.)
    • Include a copy of your Student Aid Report, if you completed a FAFSA.
    • Include a copy of DD Form 214, if you are a military veteran.
  • Submit an essay at least a 150 words but no more than two pages addressing each of the following:
    • What college(s) you plan to attend after KCC.
    • Why you have chosen your field of study; what led you to this decision?
    • Future career goals; the profession or occupation you intend to enter.
    • Describe your leadership experience and what you learned from it.
  • Attach a copy of your official high school and college transcripts (if applicable). If you have taken classes at KCC print a course history from KRIS in lieu of official KCC transcript.
  • Provide a copy of your ACT scores.
  • Attach a résumé of employment history, school, community, and service activities.
  • Enclose three signed letters of recommendation from teachers/instructors, counselors/academic advisors, employers, and/or community members.


For the 2015-16 academic year, the deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 30, 2015.

Faxed applications will not be considered. Applications received or postmarked after this published deadline will not be considered.

Please return completed application and all documents to:

Kellogg Community College Foundation Scholarship
450 North Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49017-3397