Gold Key

The Kellogg Community College Foundation Gold Key Scholarships are the College’s most prestigious scholarships, recognizing and encouraging outstanding academic and personal achievement. Funded by several generous private donors, financial need is not a criterion for the Gold Key Scholarship.

The Gold Key Scholarship totals $9,000. Recipients are awarded $4,500 each year for up to 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

  • Applicant must be a citizen of the United States or eligible non-citizen.
  • Graduating from high school in same academic year as application submission.
  • High school cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • ACT of 22 or higher or SAT of 1030 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.
  • Follow an approved KCC curriculum (transfer program or associate’s degree).
  • Become a member of the KCC Honors Program, which includes fulfilling Honors Program completion requirements.
  • Attend the KCC Foundation Scholarship Event held in the fall.
  • 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 available in late Fall 2016. 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 or SAT 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.


Watch for the deadline date for the 2017-18 academic year.

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

Please return completed application and all documents by mail or in person to:

Kellogg Community College Foundation
450 North Ave.
Classroom Building Room 101
Battle Creek, MI 49017-3397