2023|24 Simmons University Kotzen Scholarship (US Based)

Scholarship Awarding University: 
Simmons University

Type of degree: 


Scholarship Deadline: 

Applications for this scholarship will close on the 1st of December, 2022.

Scholarship Summary: 

Simmons University (a female-only institution) offers the Kotzen scholarship to incoming students (domestic and international) which is the most prestigious award offered at Simmons, and acknowledges excellence through focus on study abroad, scholarly research, and intellectual curiosity.

Scholarship Applicant Criteria: 
Students applying for the Kotzen Scholarship must meet the following criteria;
i. Apply as a freshman for the fall semester by December 1
ii. Standardized test score of 28 or higher (on the ACT test), 1300 or higher (on the SAT test). Minimum of 600 in each SAT section strongly recommended.
iii. Non-native English speakers must submit TOEFL and SAT or ACT scores
iv. GPA of 3.3 or higher, unweighted
v. College preparatory curriculum including an advanced level math course during, or prior to, your senior year of high school
vi. A record of taking honors, advanced placement (AP) and international baccalaureate (IB) courses, as available in their high school systems

Value of Scholarship: 
The Kotzen Scholarship provides full tuition, room & board, plus an additional $3,000 for academic pursuits such as study abroad, research support, and more. This scholarship is awarded for the duration of a four-year period of full-time undergraduate study.

Scholarship Application Guide: 

To apply;
i. The application consists of a short answer and a formal essay in response to the prompts below. Students should submit their essays in PDF or Word Doc via online form, or send a mail to ugadm@simmons.edu directly with the subject line "Kotzen Application," by December 1. Each page of the document should include the student's full name and date of birth.

Please note: it is the student's responsibility to submit a working file in the proper format (PDF or Word) as we will not convert or accept incompatible files (i.e. Google Docs, Pages, etc.)

Essay prompts

Short Answer (of no more than 250 words): How would you use your additional annual award of $3,000 (for study abroad, short-term courses, summer internship tuition, and/or research support)?

Formal Essay (of no more than 500 words): Some people argue that leaders are born, not made, while others defend the opposite view, namely that leaders are "made." Write an essay in which you defend one view or the other. Use a specific example of a leader, either from history or from your own personal experience, to support your argument.

ii. Finalists chosen for scholarship consideration will be required to complete an interview in February.

iii. Finalists for scholarship consideration will be notified in mid-January. Recipients will be notified by March 1.

Scholarship Website: 
Find further information on this scholarship opportunity at the Simmon’s University Kotzen Scholarship Page.