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  • Applications for Fall 2019 open online January 3 and close when program fills.
  • Students can only apply for the Thrive Scholars Program during the last semester of their senior year in high school.
  • See the Eligibility tab for more information on who is eligible to apply.
  • Reference letters must be received for an application to be considered.
  • An incomplete application will not be considered.
  • Students MUST be able to attend ALL spring, summer, and fall 2019 required programming to be in Thrive. Before applying, students should check these dates with their parent/guardian to ensure that they can attend. Students who apply and are accepted, but cannot attend, will lose their spot and all of its privileges.


  • Students will be contacted via their KSU EMAIL once their completed application, including their reference letter, has been received, signifying that it will move into the review process.  Students who’ve been accepted to KSU can click here to find out how to set up their KSU email. 
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel of faculty and staff.
  • The panel is looking for students who will make the most of the resources given to them in Thrive. These resources include:
    • Summer programming
    • First-semester classes in a Thrive Learning Community
    • Graduation coaching
  • These highly valued resources are limited in this format to Thrive students. Students not interested in utilizing these resources should not apply.


  • Students will be notified via their KSU email if they are being extended an invitation to enter the program.
  • The sooner students reply to this invitation, the sooner they can secure a spot in Thrive.
  • Only 125 students will be accepted for fall 2019.


The Thrive Scholars Program application includes the following:

  • Basic information including name, high school, interests, activities, and list all credit being brought in (Dual Enrollment college class names and grades or “In Progress”; AP, IB and CLEP subjects - - also include scores if the tests have been completed).
  • Screenshot showing the current HOPE GPA on the GAFutures website.  The student’s name must be visible for verification.
  • A statement of commitment to the required 2019-2020 programming.
    • Beyond the first year, Thrive programming is optional.
    • Students who do not fulfill all first-year programming requirements will lose their position in the program, along with all program privileges.
  • In the online application you will be asked to answer the following three essay questions. We recommend you prepare your responses in Word in advance, then copy and paste them into the application. Your essays need to be 150-250 words each. Be sure to include an introductory paragraph, supporting information in the body of the essay, and a conclusion. These essay responses will be used by the committee it identify students who share the focus of the Thrive Scholars Program: hard work; respect for self and others; interest in making positive contributions to Thrive and the KSU community; and a commitment to making the most out of their college experience and the program resources provided. Review the program website for information on program resources.
    • Q1:  Does your high school academic transcript accurately reflect your abilities?  If yes, why and how will you continue maximizing your abilities in college?  If no, how do you hope your college years at KSU are different than your years in high school?  Either way, be specific about your high school experience and how it relates to your plans for success in college.
    • Q2: Name a class you've taken or a book you've read that has changed the way you think.  Explain how you thought before the book or class and what you think now.  In addition, specifically address what happened that changed how you think.  How will this impact your choices going forward?
    • Q3:  Answer ONE of the following:
      • A.  What's the biggest risk you took in high school?  Be specific:  when, where, how, why, and what were the results?  Would you do it again?
      • B.  What is a moral or ethical dilemma you've faced and how did you handle it?  Give us an overview of the situation.  What were the key issue/s involved?  What process did you go through to make your final decision on how to handle the situation?  What choice/s did you make to address and/or resolve the issue? 
  • One reference letter from a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, administrator, employer, supervisor, or community leader.
    • Letters of recommendation cannot be from a family member.
    • Letters should be on official school /business letterhead signed by the writer OR should come to directly from the reference’s email address with (1) the Thrive applicant’s name in the subject line and (2) the reference’s contact information in the email.
    • The letter should: (a) state how the reference knows you, (b) refer to and give specific examples of your character, skills/abilities, and academic record, and (c) discuss your perceived ability to thrive as a student at KSU.  Give your reference the Thrive website link, so s/he can better understand what you’re applying for.
    • The student is responsible for ensuring that the reference letter has been sent. Be sure to follow up with your reference!  Applications won’t be reviewed without a reference letter.

APPLY BELOW (January 3 until the program fills)

  • We encourage you to complete the essay questions in advance, to minimize the time it takes to complete the application once you start it. Partial applications cannot be saved!
  • Be sure to complete every part of the application and on the final page, click SUBMIT.