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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 each scholarship category for more information and to apply. 

Scholarships for Any Major

Asian and Pacific Islander Students

First In The Family Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Scholarship

$2500 scholarships will be awarded to students of color (African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who identify as agnostic, atheist, humanist and/or secular. 

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Scholarship

The purpose of the GAPA Foundation Scholarship is to celebrate and reward outstanding scholar activists who are making a positive impact on the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and LGBTQ communities. High school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and trade/vocational school students are encouraged to apply.

Students with Ability Differences or Accessibility Needs

Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship

The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall.

Anne Ford Scholarship

The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall.

Buckfire and Buckfire, P.C. Disability Scholarship Program

Awarded to a U.S. citizen enrolled at an accredited college or university within the United States who has a disability diagnosis with a minimum 3.0 GPA and has completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited college or university.

Gabriel’s Foundation of Hope

Scholarships are available to students living with a diagnosed disability, students desiring to work in a field that will benefit people with disabilities, or immediate family members related to a person living with a disability who wish to further their education.

Michael Yascick Scholarship

Shire US Inc. is sponsoring an ADHD Scholarship. The scholarship program is for legal residents of the United States diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder ("ADHD") who are accepted to or enrolled in a 2- or 4-year Undergraduate Program (as defined below) or a 1+ year Graduate Program (as defined below) at an accredited college, university, trade school, technical school, or vocational school located in the United States

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.

African American and Black Students

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.

Black Alumni Chapter Scholarship

            Awarded to African-American undergraduate students with high level of participation and involvement in community service activities.

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.

Chandler Second Chance Scholarship

This is a four-year renewable scholarship available to incoming freshmen from Oakland, California. Eligible students will be male and African American who demonstrate financial need. Their parent or guardian will have an annual income of $30,000 or less. Eligible students will be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Rehabilitated students are encouraged to apply.

Clarence D. Rogers Diversity Scholarship Fund

To be considered for this scholarship, recipients must have a minimum 2.5 GPA based on a 4.0 GPA scale. Preference will be given to students expressing an interest in labor management or labor relations management. The scholarship shall be awarded to an under-represented student. To be considered for the scholarship, individuals must complete the online Kent State University Student Financial Aid Scholarship Application.

Dr. Blancca Moore-Velez Woman of Substance Scholarship

The candidate for this scholarship must be an African-American female aged 35+, be an undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university, possess a GPA of 3.0 or above, and must be United States citizen.

Honors College Minority Scholarship

            Awarded to an African American, Latino American, or Native American student.

Institutional Diversity Scholarship

            Awarded to African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are returning Kent State University students or incoming transfer students.

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.

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.

Medical Mutual of Ohio Endowed Scholarship

            Awarded to African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are returning Kent State University students.

National Association of Black Journalists

NABJ awards scholarships annually to deserving students interested in pursuing a career in journalism.

Ohio Newspaper Association Minority Scholarship

The Ohio Newspapers Foundation will award a scholarship to a minority high school senior in Ohio who plans to major in a field relevant to the newspaper industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program at an Ohio college or university.

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).

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).

The Jackie Robinson Foundation

Awarded to a graduating high school senior planning to attend an accredited four-year institution.

The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship

The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship for Studies in Journalism encourages further diversity in journalism and includes a one-time $500 book stipend.

The Ron Brown Scholarship 

Available to talented and economically-challenged high school African American seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship.

Appalachian Students

Bob Evans and Wayne F. White Legacy Scholarship

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or possess a GED and currently live and attend school within the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. Priority will be given to those with financial need, demonstrate desire to succeed and overcome obstacles, students with outstanding character, academic excellence, participate in extracurricular activities.

Jenny Cornelius-Woltz Memorial Scholarship 

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited post-secondary institution offering nursing programs or training within the fields of medicine. Priority will be given to those with financial need, ethical character, participation in extracurricular activities, and demonstrates commitment and desire to achieve professional goals in the area of nursing or related medical fields.

First-Generation (First in your family to go to college) Students

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.

The Thomas Peter Mindzak & Michael G Murray Fund for Aviation and Journalism in the Public Interest

High achieving student from Ohio with preference given to those students who are first in their family to attend college.

Crans Family Scholarship Endowment Fund

The Crans Family Scholarship is available to a full-time Kent Campus student majoring in any STEM field, an entrepreneurial major, or a student majoring in construction management. Preference will be given to a student from the southwest quarter of the State of Pennsylvania. Preference should also be given to first-generation college students.

Foster Youth and Adopted Students

Foster Care to Success Scholarships

Applicants must have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship after their 16th  birthday; OR have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday and not subsequently adopted, be under the age of 25 on March 31 of the year, have been in foster care or orphaned while living in the United States, an undergraduate, and have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or postsecondary school. U.S. citizenship not required.

All-Star Scholarship

Applicants must have been adopted at or after the age of ten, demonstrate financial need, and be graduating high school seniors.

International Students

International Education Financial Aid Awards

This website allows you to search for scholarships based on what you are studying, where you are studying, and where you are from. Fill in your intended major and home country, with Ohio as your place of study, to find scholarships that can go toward your Kent State degree.

International Student & Study Abroad Scholarship Search

This site provides a free, up-to-date, comprehensive list of scholarships, grants, and other awards that are available to international students from around the world. If you find an award you are interested in, you can then apply directly to the school or organization that offers the award. 

USA Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships for International Students

This site is an updated listing of international scholarships specifically for people from developing countries, people who would like to pursue development-related fields, and people who seek global and national development through further education.

International Scholarships to Study in the US

This website contains a selection of US scholarships for international students; some funded by the US government, some funded by private organizations, and some funded by specific institutions. 

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Awards

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.

Hispanic and Latinx Students

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.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation

Awarded to a graduating high school senior planning to attend an accredited four-year institution.

The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship

The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship for Studies in Journalism encourages further diversity in journalism and includes a one-time $500 book stipend.

Ohio Newspaper Association Minority Scholarship

The Ohio Newspapers Foundation will award a scholarship to a minority high school senior in Ohio who plans to major in a field relevant to the newspaper industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program at an Ohio college or university.

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.

HACER 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. 

Clarence D. Rogers Diversity Scholarship Fund

To be considered for this scholarship, recipients must have a minimum 2.5 GPA based on a 4.0 GPA scale. Preference will be given to students expressing an interest in labor management or labor relations management. The scholarship shall be awarded to an under-represented student. To be considered for the scholarship, individuals must complete the online Kent State University Student Financial Aid Scholarship Application.

The Interchez Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student of junior or senior class standing. Preference will be given to a Latino / Hispanic student.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally Students

Curry and Myers LGBT Studies Minor Endowment Fund

The Curry and Myers LGBT Studies Endowment Fund provides financial assistance to selected students in good standing at Kent State University, who are minoring in LGBT Studies.

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.

PFLAG Akron Scholarship

The PFLAG-LGBT Studies Endowment Fund provides financial assistance to selected students in good standing at Kent State University, who are minoring in LGBT Studies.

Pride Scholarship

The Pride Scholarship will be awarded annually to one (1) eligible applicant between the age of 17-25, who is a resident of Ohio, and is seeking scholarship money to any university, community college, technical school, art school, or para-professional program.

 

Native American Students

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.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation

Awarded to a graduating high school senior planning to attend an accredited four-year institution.

The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship

The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship for Studies in Journalism encourages further diversity in journalism and includes a one-time $500 book stipend.

Ohio Newspaper Association Minority Scholarship

The Ohio Newspapers Foundation will award a scholarship to a minority high school senior in Ohio who plans to major in a field relevant to the newspaper industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program at an Ohio college or university.

Clarence D. Rogers Diversity Scholarship Fund

To be considered for this scholarship, recipients must have a minimum 2.5 GPA based on a 4.0 GPA scale. Preference will be given to students expressing an interest in labor management or labor relations management. The scholarship shall be awarded to an under-represented student. To be considered for the scholarship, individuals must complete the online Kent State University Student Financial Aid Scholarship Application.

Non-Traditional Students

ASIST Scholarship

The ASIST scholarship is available to adults facing economic, social, or physical challenges, who are looking to improve their situation through educational opportunities. 

College JumpStart Scholarship

Scholarship awarded to a high school 10th-12th grader, college student, or non-traditional student U.S. citizen planning to attend 2-year, 4-year, or vocational/trade school in the U.S. Student must be committed to using education to better your life and that of your family and/or community.

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund

Awarded to low-income women, ages 35 and older, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents pursuing an undergraduate education at an accredited college or university in the United States.

TopProducts Single Mothers Scholarship

Awarded to a single parent with custodial care of at least one child under 18 who is a U.S. resident and is enrolled to a two or four year institution or has a high school diploma/GED and has been accepted to a two or four year institution.

Women of Substance Scholarship

The candidate for this scholarship must be an African-American female aged 35+, be an undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university, possess a GPA of 3.0 or above, and must be a United States citizen.

 

 

 

Study Abroad for Diverse Students

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, be an undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions), be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship, and be in the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks for community college students and three weeks for students from four-year institutions, in a single country and eligible for credit from the student’s home institution.

Diversity in Education Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship was created to ensure that diverse students have access to a level of financial assistance that will assist them in achieving a study abroad experience. Diverse students may include, but are not limited to ethnic/racial minorities, students with disAbilities and registered with the Student Accessibility Services office, students with high financial need, first-generation college students, LGBTQ students, underrepresented academic majors within study abroad, and student athletes. 

Undocumented and 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 and TheDREAM.US

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Although not specifically for undocumented students, this award does not discriminate on the basis of national identity—quite the opposite. The Davis-Putter Scholarship goes to undergraduate and graduate students working for social or economic justice in their communities. In addition to transcripts, applicants submit a personal statement, letters of recommendation that attest to their progressivism, and financial information. Activism is the key criteria. Scholarship winner receives $10,000.

Golden Door Scholarship
Any aspiring undergrad with DACA or TPS status can apply for this award, but the scholarship committee prioritizes students in states that bar DACA students from receiving in-state tuition benefits. Scholarships are distributed on the basis of academic merit and leadership abilities, and go toward attendance at one of 17 partner schools. To maintain funding, scholarship recipients must earn a 3.0 GPA.

HENACC Scholarship
The Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) distributes multiple scholarships each year; some require U.S. citizenship but many do not. Applicants should be entering a STEM field at the undergraduate or graduate level, have a 3.0 GPA, have strong ties to the Hispanic community, and show leadership at the community or campus level. Scholarship winners could receive $500-$10,000.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) Scholarship
DACA students of Hispanic heritage are eligible for HSF funds, whether they’re off to community college or grad school. Merit is the main factor in who receives funding, while financial need determines how much. High school graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are considered; current college students need a 2.5 to be eligible. Scholarship winners could receive $500-$5,000.

Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship
Just one of the awards offered by the Geneseo Migrant Center, the Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship goes to students who have already completed one year of higher education and need financial help to complete the last three. Applicants submit three letters of recommendation, a personal essay, college transcripts, financial documents and agricultural migrant status documentation. Scholarship winners could receive up to $20,000.

Que Llueva Café Scholarship
Chicano Organizing & Research in Education (CORE) gives this award to undocumented high school graduates of Chicano and Latino descent who are getting ready to enroll in a U.S. college. Scholarships are granted based on the candidate’s personal narrative, extracurricular activities and academic potential.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Scholarships
Membership in SHPE is a prerequisite for earning any of the society’s scholarships, but citizenship or legal status is not required except for some corporate-funded awards. SHPE provides separate awards for graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, graduate students, working students and doctoral candidates. Each award requires students to hold a 2.75 GPA and be pursuing a degree in a STEM field. Scholarship decisions and funding amounts depend on academic merit and financial need.

TheDream.Us National Scholarship
The National Scholarship helps students who are eligible for in-state tuition attend one of 75 colleges that partner with TheDream.Us. To receive the award —worth $12,500 toward an associate or $25,000 toward a bachelor’s degree — students must hold a high school or community college degree but not be currently enrolled in college; must demonstrate significant financial need; and must have applied for or received DACA status. (Scholarship applicants need only be eligible for DACA, but to actually receive the award they will need to seek DACA status.) Applicants submit two essays, household income statements, a reference and DACA documentation. Full-time students who earn a 3.0 can renew the award. Scholarship winners could receive $12,500-$25,000.

TheDream.Us Opportunity Scholarship
This award from TheDream.Us is for students from 15 states who aren’t eligible for in-state tuition or admission to a public college. The Opportunity Scholarship helps them work toward a baccalaureate at one of 5 out-of-state colleges that partner with TheDream.Us. To receive the award, students must be currently unenrolled in college, be DACA-eligible, demonstrate significant financial need, and hold a high school diploma and 2.8 GPA. Applicants submit two essays, household income statements, a reference and DACA documentation. Full-time students who earn a 3.0 can renew the award. Scholarship winners could receive up to $20,000.

Students with Various Religious and Spiritual Beliefs

Atheist

American Atheists O'Hair Award
The American Atheists awards a $1,000 O'Hair Scholarship to an atheist student attending college or university. The award is given every year at the American Atheists National Convention.

American Atheists Chinn Scholarship
American Atheists is proud to award two Chinn Scholarships for LGBT Atheist Activism. These scholarships recognize activism in the area of LGBT equality. You do not have to be a member of the LGBT community to receive this scholarship; allies are encouraged to apply.

Baptist

American Baptist Financial Aid Program
The Office of Financial Aid for Studies, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), administers the American Baptist Financial Aid Program that supports college students, graduate students and seminarians.

Buddhism

Ashoka Grants
The Ashoka Grants Committee considers applications from a broad array of promising organizations and individuals who are actively engaged in projects related to Buddhism. The only applications that are not considered are applications requesting funds for building and construction projects; applications that are incomplete or that do not adequately explain the scope of the project; and applications that no relevance to Buddhism or Buddhist activity. Past awards have gone to a wide variety of recipients, from children's educational organizations to organizations dedicated to helping incarcerated people through Buddhist meditation.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Jacobsen Scholarship Fund
Florence S. and Ted C. Jacobsen have spent a lifetime serving in their church, community, and family. The resources that they built through their hard work are now benefiting students who will honor their legacy of service through their own diligent service and commitment to scholarship.

Christian

Young Christian Leaders Scholarship
Funded by the law firm of Buttafuoco & Associates, YCL was created to support the next generation of dedicated, Christian professionals who will use their talents to impact their families, communities, and the world. YCL is for the empowerment of students who have shown dedication, character, promise, determination and a desire to apply those qualities to their God-given calling. Young people under the age of 24 who are either high school seniors entering college or are currently full-time undergraduates are eligible to apply. Graduate students are not eligible.

Episcopalians

ECF Fellowships Scholarship
Since 1964 the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) has supported over 200 scholars and ministry leaders throughout the Episcopal Church, fostering innovation in theological formation and ministerial leadership in challenging times. The fellows who are selected have a significant track record of going on to share their knowledge, experience, and best practices with the wider Church in transformative ways. Applicants may be lay or ordained, they do not have to be considering ordained ministry to be an ECF Fellow. Applicants may be Episcopalians or members from any member church of the Anglican Communion. There are two tracks, the academic track, and the ministry track. Awards are renewable up to a total of three years, but renewal will be based on continued need and impact, as well as availability funds.

Islamic

ISF National Scholarship for Journalism Students
Muslim or active member of the Muslim community. Enrollment at an accredited university in the U.S. Major in an ISF supported major. Maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA. A citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. An undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing (includes PhD).

Lutheran

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Lutheran Student Scholastic & Service Scholarship
Up to four $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to Lutheran students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any academic area that will prepare them to serve and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Methodist

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students
The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students awards a scholarship for undergraduate studies of religion, journalism, or communications. The scholarship assists a United Methodist undergraduate who intends to pursue a career in religious journalism through study at an accredited U.S. college or university.

Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship
The Stoody-West Fellowship in religious journalism is offered in recognition of the work and lives of Dr. Ralph Stoody and Dr. Arthur West, who were leaders in public relations and information services in The United Methodist Church. The grant is awarded to assist a United Methodist student who intends on pursuing a career in religious journalism.

Presbyterian

Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarships 
The Student Opportunity Scholarship program serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students by providing need-based aid for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are full-time, first-degree students attending accredited institutions in the United States. Student Opportunity Scholarship applicants will explore who God created them to be in a series of essay questions intended for students to explore with mentors and peers. This program requires that students maintain an active involvement in a worshiping community or campus ministry program while they are attending college. Preference in this program is extended to racial/ethnic students in order to promote diversity.

Romanian Orthodox Episcopate

ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship for Women
The ARFORA Undergraduate Scholarship for Women is exclusively for female students who are members of a parish of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. Students must be a voting member of a parish of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, have successfully completed their first year in an accredited university or college and be registered/enrolled for the next academic year.

Unitarian Universalist

The Rev. Chuck and Nancy Thomas Scholarship
This scholarship serves Unitarian Universalism, and individual Unitarian Universalists like Chuck and Nancy Thomas, by valuing a history of service and leadership as critical elements of a call toward professional theological training. Each year it supports a student in the first year of seminary or in preparatory academic work. Scholars qualify for the award by demonstrating their outstanding commitment to Unitarian Universalism as lay leaders. Those who wish to submit a nomination should write a letter of recommendation showing a connection between the individual's ministry and their life goals along with examples of their strong leadership skills.
 

Military and Veteran Students
Women and Female-identifying Students

Frances B. Murphey Scholarship

Awarded to young women interested in pursuing a career in news.

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund

Awarded to low-income women, ages 35 and older, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents pursuing an undergraduate education at an accredited college or university in the United States. 

Professional Women of Kent State University Carol A. Cartwright Scholarship

Awarded to a female who is 25 years of age or older and is pursuing an undergraduate degree.

TopProducts Single Mothers Scholarship

Awarded to a single parent with custodial care of at least one child under 18 who is a U.S. resident and is enrolled to a two or four year institution or has a high school diploma/GED and has been accepted to a two or four year institution.

Women of Substance Scholarship

The candidate for this scholarship must be an African-American female aged 35+, be an undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university, possess a GPA of 3.0 or above, and must be a United States citizen.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Awards

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.

Scholarships for Specific CCI Majors

School of Communication Studies Diversity Scholarships

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.

School of Journalism and Mass Communications Diversity Scholarships

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.

Lagrant Foundation Scholarships

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

Paula Slimack Scholarship

Available to any JMC major. Must be a non-traditional student who knows the importance of juggling work and studies and who increasingly will understand the value of free speech. 

School of Visual Communication Design Diversity Scholarships

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.

iSchool Diversity Scholarships

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.

School of Information iSeed Scholarship

          At the Kent State University School of Information, we put students first and believe that veterans and students from underrepresented backgrounds are an important part of our diverse community.  In order to strengthen that community, we are pleased to offer the iSchool Seed Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is available to students who are veterans and/or are from underrepresented groups in their first semester of the MLIS program. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be admitted to the Kent State University MLIS program. Applications can be made at any time, but will not be reviewed until after admission.