The following list is just a small sample of the many scholarship opportunities available at Kent State University, in the College of Communication and Information, and through outside organizations. Our students with diverse identities and backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply for all scholarships available to them. This list only highlights the university and outside scholarships that were created specifically to assist our diverse students.
Please click the name of the each scholarship for more information and to apply.
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS
African American, Hispanic and Latino/a American, and Native American
The Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship is a merit-based, Kent Campus scholarship available to incoming freshmen who are a member of an underrepresented population in higher education (African-American, Hispanic, or Native American).
Honors College Minority Scholarship
Awarded to an African American, Latino American, or Native American student.
Available to minority students (African American, Hispanic, or Native American) from the Akron or Barberton public school systems.
Available to incoming freshmen minority students (African American, Hispanic or Native American), who are currently attending high school within the Akron Public School District, or a student who lives within the Akron Public School District and attends a private or parochial school.
Awarded to African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are returning Kent State University students or incoming transfer students.
Awarded to African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are returning Kent State University students.
Awarded to a graduating senior from a Portage County, Ohio high school who is a member of an underrepresented population in higher education (African-American, Hispanic, or Native American).
Scholarship program designed to help educate and train outstanding minority candidates who seek to enter the television broadcast field.
This scholarship was created by the Bragg Family to award one scholarship per year to a well deserving Kent State University student. Preference is given to current African American students.
Awarded to African-American undergraduate students with high level of participation and involvement in community service activities.
Hispanic and/or Latino/a
This scholarship is awarded to a student of junior or senior class standing who is enrolled in one of the following majors: Sciences, Mathematics, Technology, Computer Sciences, or Computer Information. Preference will be given to a Latino / Hispanic student.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship
This scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to eligible Hispanic high school seniors who face financial obstacles as they prepare to attend college.
Kent State University students who are selected to receive a scholarship from Esperanza, Inc. (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education for Hispanic Americans) will receive a matching scholarship from Kent State University.
This scholarship was created to help youth in underserved Latino communities make the dream of college enrollment a reality.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally (LGBTQA)
The Harry E. Jackson LGBT Endowment Fund provides financial assistance to selected students in good standing and whom identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or as an ally to the LGBTQ community at Kent State University.
First Generation (First person in your family to go to college)
The Charles L. Greene Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a first generation undergraduate student who grew up in the State of Ohio.
Awarded to undergraduate, degree seeking students from Summit County, Ohio who must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and are enrolled full-time at the Kent Campus. Preference given to juniors and seniors and first generation college students.
Students with Accessibility Needs
Awarded to an enrolled student with a spinal cord injury.
Awarded to students in Student Accessibility Services or the GED Scholars Initiative.
The Summit Disability Law Group provides this scholarship to help one disabled student cover their college costs.
COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION
Lagrant Foundation Scholarships
The Lagrant Foundation offers 40 scholarships to ethnically diverse minority undergraduate and graduate students.
SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES
Awarded to a student who can express the importance of the communication studies discipline in a diverse and changing world. Students must indicate if they are a first generation student to attend college.
To encourage Masters-level international students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.
SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION
Awarded to a minority Journalism student in their sophomore, junior, or senior year.
Awarded to a minority student planning a career in newspaper, magazines, broadcast news or photojournalism.
For a student born in a Latin American country or having at least one grandparent who was born in a Latin American country.
SCHOOL OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN
Awarded to a Visual Communication Design or Photo Illustration student. Preference will be given to students who self-identify as African American, Latino, Native American and Asian.
SCHOOL OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
Under-represented minority MLIS student with focus in Reference Librarians or Academic Librarians-Reference Services.
Award is based on capacity to achieve academic and professional goals, motivation to achieve these goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress. Preference will be given to ethnic minority students (African-American, Hispanic, Native American, or Asian American).
ALAO values diversity in its membership, in the profession, and in future library professionals. For that reason, we offer a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce. A qualified candidate will demonstrate diversity in one or more ways, including, but not limited to: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, life experience, physical ability.
Spectrum specifically addresses the underrepresentation of librarians of color within the current workforce. Applicant must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. The School of Library and Information Science will make an additional financial contribution to the students who are awarded this scholarship.
UNDOCUMENTED AND DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) STUDENTS
Undocumented students cannot legally receive any federally-funded student financial aid, including loans, grants and scholarships. However, some private scholarships do not require students to be U.S. citizens or residents. The following organizations have scholarships for undocumented and DACA students: