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Diversity Scholarships

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. 

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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.

African American

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.



Lagrant Foundation Scholarships

            The Lagrant Foundation offers 40 scholarships to ethnically diverse minority undergraduate and graduate students.



Garmon-Murvay Scholarship

            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.



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.



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.



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. 

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. The School of Library and Information Science will make an additional financial contribution to the students who are awarded this scholarship.


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 and TheDREAM.US