The following list is just a small sample of the many scholarship opportunities available at Kent State University and in the College of Communication and Information. Our students with diverse identities and backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply for all scholarships available through the university and outside providers. This list only highlights the university and college scholarships that were created specifically to assist our diverse students.
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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS
African American, Hispanic and Latino/a American, and Native American
Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship
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.
Akron Urban League Kent State University Scholarship
Available to minority students (African American, Hispanic, or Native American) from the Akron or Barberton public school systems.
Kent State University/Akron Branch of NAACP Scholarship
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.
Institutional Diversity Scholarship
Awarded to African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are returning Kent State University students or incoming transfer students.
Medical Mutual of Ohio Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are returning Kent State University students.
Portage County NAACP / Kent State University Scholarship
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).
LIN Television Corporation Minority Scholarship & Training Program
Scholarship program designed to help educate and train outstanding minority candidates who seek to enter the television broadcast field.
Bragg Family Scholarship
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.
Black Alumni Chapter Scholarship
Awarded to African-American undergraduate students with high level of participation and involvement in community service activities.
Hispanic and/or Latino/a
The Chesnes Family Scholarship
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.
Esperanza Kent State University Matching Scholarship
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.
LULAC National Scholarship Fund
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)
Harry E. Jackson LGBT Endowment Fund
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)
Charles L. Greene Endowed Scholarship
The Charles L. Greene Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a first generation undergraduate student who grew up in the State of Ohio.
GAR Foundation Opportunity Scholarship
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
Richard T. Cunningham Spinal Cord Injury Scholarship
Awarded to an enrolled student with a spinal cord injury.
Robert and Emily Beasley Scholarship
Awarded to students in Student Accessibility Services or the GED Scholars Initiative.
Disability Scholarship Program
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.
D. Ray and Susanne E. Heisey Endowed International Scholarship
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
Albert E. Fitzpatrick Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to a minority Journalism student in their sophomore, junior, or senior year.
Robert G. McGruder Minority Endowed Scholarship in Journalism and Mass Communication
Awarded to a minority student planning a career in newspaper, magazines, broadcast news or photojournalism.
Ada & Roger Fidler Scholarship
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
Lewis & Dona Williams Endowed Scholarship
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
Petta and Ron Khouw Scholarship
Under-represented minority MLIS student with focus in Reference Librarians or Academic Librarians-Reference Services.
The School of Library and Information Science Alumni & Friends Council Endowed Minority Scholarship
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).
Academic Library Association of Ohio Diversity Scholarship Award
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. For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit http://www.alaoweb.org/Diversity-Scholarship-Award.
American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship
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. For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit http://www.ala.org/offices/diversity/spectrum/scholarshipinformation. 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:
Golden Door Scholars: http://www.goldendoorscholars.org/