Gold Key Scholarship

THE DEADLINE FOR GOLD KEY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR 2020-2021 WAS MARCH 2, 2020.  We are no longer accepting applications at this time.

Gold Key Scholarship guidelines and a PDF version of the 2020-2021 scholarship application are below. Please read through the following carefully prior to completing a scholarship application. Once you complete the application,  send it and all required documents according to the instructions on the application.  We recommend using Chrome when opening the application link.

You must have an Admissions Application on file with the KCC Admissions Office prior to completing the scholarship application. You are required to provide your KCC student ID number on the application.

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.

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 and community service activities, volunteer experiences, honors and awards. 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.

The Gold Key Scholarship awards $4,500 for one academic year and can be renewed for a second year at KCC if the recipient maintains eligibility. Acceptance of this scholarship nullifies all other scholarship offers from KCC.

Criteria and Guidelines

Applicant must:

  • Be graduating from high school or home school in same academic year as application submission (2020 graduate).
  • Achieve a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Have an ACT composite score of 22 or higher or SAT composite score of 1030 or higher.
  • Demonstrate leadership experience, school involvement, community service activity and volunteerism.

Scholarship awards:

  • Will be credited to the student’s KCC financial aid account.
  • Can be used for KCC tuition, fees, and/or books.
  • Cannot be used at a different college or university. Unused awards will not be refunded. KCC employees, spouses and dependents are not eligible.

Gold Key Recipient Responsibilities

For Gold Key Recipients:

  • Complete the Leadership Training Institute with the Manager of Student Life.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student (12 credits or more) for the fall and spring semesters. This requirement may be waived if you are accepted to certain KCC programs.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average.
  • Adhere to the KCC Student Code of Conduct, as specified in the Student Handbook. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of the scholarship.
  • Follow an approved KCC curriculum (transfer program or associate’s degree).
  • When eligible, become a member of the KCC Honors Program, which includes fulfilling Honors Program completion requirements or complete a leadership/service learning development plan.
  • 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.
  • Hold a student leadership position on campus, which may be with, but is not limited to: Registered Student Organizations, Vocal and/or Instrumental Music, Theater, the Bruin Newspaper, etc.
  • 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 one completed Scholarship Application by March 2, 2020.  Download the application and print. Answer each question to the best of your ability. Include a copy of your Student Aid Report, if you completed a FAFSA, or complete financial information section. Include a copy of DD Form 214, if you are a military veteran.

Submit an essay of at least 150 words but no more than two pages addressing each of the following:

      • Why have you chosen your field of study and what led you to this decision?
      • What are your educational and career goals including what college(s) you plan to attend after KCC?
      • Describe your leadership experience and what you learned from it.
      • Why should we consider you for a scholarship?

Provide a copy of your ACT or SAT composite scores.

Attach a copy of your high school transcript  and transcripts from all colleges attended, including KCC. Transcripts must be submitted with this scholarship application even if you previously submitted them to the KCC Foundation or any other KCC office. All transcripts submitted can be unofficial.

Attach a résumé of employment history, education, school and community service activities, volunteer experiences, honors and awards.

Enclose two signed current letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, employers, and/or community members.

Click on the Scholarship Packet of Tips & Tools for helpful information in completing your application.


The deadline to apply for a 2020-21 Gold Key Scholarship is March 2, 2020. Faxed applications will not be considered. Applications received or postmarked after this published deadline may not be considered.

Mailing Address

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

Kellogg Community College Foundation
Roll Building Room 301
450 North Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49017-3397