Kennesaw State announces new scholarship program to attract nation's top graduate students

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Clendenin Scholars Program will cultivate national pool for University’s growing graduate…

Georgia (Feb 17, 2014)Clendenin Scholars Program will cultivate national pool for University’s growing graduate programs  

Photo: Members of the first Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program

KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 17, 2014) — Kennesaw State officials and some of the institution's key donors want to attract top students to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees at the burgeoning university – and they are putting money into scholarships aimed at competing nationally for the best and the brightest.

Through the Kennesaw State University Clendenin Scholars Program, scholarship recipients pursuing doctoral degrees will receive $20,000 a year, plus an annual out-of-state tuition waiver for a maximum of three years. Master’s degree Clendenin Scholars will receive $15,000 a year, plus an annual out-of-state tuition waiver for a maximum of two years.  

“The Clendenin Scholars Program will help elevate Kennesaw State’s national reputation as a university of choice for graduate students,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “We are indebted to the Clendenin family for sharing our vision of supporting superior students who may have financial challenges. Their generosity will expand the pool of students who will have access to our first-rate graduate programs.”

In August 2013, the Board of Regents ofthe University System of Georgia designated Kennesaw State as a comprehensive university. The new designation emphasizes the University’s commitment to becoming a world-class academic institution with an increased focus on research, graduate and doctoral programs, as well as global engagement.

The original Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program was established in 2008 with a $1 million endowment from the Clendenin family. That program sought to attract new candidates to the University’s graduate education programs, and to retain existing KSU-affiliated individuals interested in pursuing advanced degrees. The previous awards funded recipients’ education either at Kennesaw State or other accredited universities. The new Clendenin Scholars Program redirects the awarding of scholarships to students enrolled exclusively at Kennesaw State University.  

“Our family is proud to be an active part of the excitement surrounding the growth and success of Kennesaw State University,” said Thomas E. Clendenin, a longtime KSU Foundation trustee. “We see this new focus of the Clendenin Scholars Program as a natural evolution of what was started in 2008, and one that will continue to recognize student achievement and elevate Kennesaw State University.”

In addition to naming and funding the Clendenin Scholars Program, John Clendenin and his late wife, Ann, contributed $1 million to Kennesaw State in 1999 to build and equip high-tech classrooms in the College of Science and Mathematics building. The Ann and John Clendenin Building, which houses technology classrooms and the Department of Computer Science, opened in 2002.

Over the past five years, 35 recipients were awarded scholarships under the Clendenin Graduate Fellowship with 20 who have already graduated and earned degrees in programs such as information systems, nursing science, biological sciences, conflict management, educational leadership and business administration. Nearly half of the recipients earned their advanced degrees at Kennesaw State. In May 2013, Rebecca LeFebvre, a 2011 Clendenin Fellow, became Kennesaw State’s first Ph.D. recipient.

Kennesaw State has placed strong emphasis on expanding its graduate offerings in recent years, including adding a number of new doctoral programs in areas of excellence for which the university is widely known. Presently, nearly 2,000 graduate students are enrolled at Kennesaw State – of which 25 percent of the doctoral candidates and 8 percent of those enrolled in master’s programs are from out-of-state.

The University now offers 29 master’s degrees and eight doctoral programs across six colleges, including:

  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Education with a major in Early Childhood Education
  • Doctor of Education with a major in Educational Leadership for Learning
  • Doctor of Education with a major in Instructional Technology
  • Doctor of Education with a major in Middle Grades Education
  • Doctor of Education with a major in Secondary Education
  • Doctor of Nursing Science
  • Ph.D. in International Conflict Management

Clendenin Scholar applications are currently being accepted for the 2014-15 academic year. The deadline to apply is March 28, 2014.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit