The Wallace J. Hagedorn Scholarship in Photography

The Wallace J. Hagedorn Photography Scholarship is a competitive scholarship supporting student costs and enriching, out-of-classroom experiences to help photography students develop strong portfolios.

The funds come from the largest single gift ($4.2 million) ever made to Kent State to support only scholarships. 

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Each year, the Hagedorn Scholarship awards up to $200,000 in tuition, room and board, fees and experiential scholarships between the School of Media and Journalism and the School of Visual Communication Design. Amounts awarded may vary from year to year.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a registered, full-time undergraduate in the College of Communication and Information
  • Be a declared major or minor in Photography (in VCD) and/or Photojournalism (in MDJ)
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA


In addition to scholarships, the Wallace J. Hagedorn Scholarship also supports portfolio-building and workshop experiences for photography students. These experiences include (but are not limited to);

Maine Media Workshops
Photography workshops are here for students of all levels – from beginners to master level classes. Come for one day, two days, one week, or the whole summer! You’ll find the very best instructors allow you to immerse yourself in historic processes introduced in the mid-19th century or the latest digital technologies and visual storytelling art forms. Our small class sizes allow for you to work hands-on in an intimate setting where you get to know your instructor and others who are passionate about photography. Our relationships with industry sponsors means that you’ll have access to Canon cameras, Zeiss lenses, tripods, and other great equipment while you’re here.

Multimedia Immersion Workshop
An intense, five-day, hands-on training workshop for visual journalists looking to expand and grow their multimedia skill sets using the latest technology. This is a workshop for still photographers to learn how to properly use a HDSLR to tell video stories.

Northern Short Course 
A three-day event with more than two dozen workshops on a variety of topics in the field of visual journalism. Students can learn from and network with industry leaders as they share their work and discuss what makes them successful.

Create NYC
Create NYC (previously PHOTOPLUS) is the largest photography and imaging event in North America. It’s the ultimate, immersive experience for anyone with an interest in photo, video, and visual storytelling to get up-to-date with the latest industry trends, products, techniques, and more. Since 1983, Create NYC has brought the photography and video communities together each fall to connect, share ideas, and experience the newest imaging technology. Our goal is always to support, inspire and celebrate this remarkable community.

Photoville amplifies visual storytellers and connects them to a worldwide diverse audience through its free photo festival and year-round activation of public spaces and educational community programming. This annual community festival provides an accessible venue for photographers and audiences from every walk of life to engage with each other, and experience thought-provoking photography from across the globe — with free access for all!

Santa Fe Online Workshops
Santa Fe Workshops 30 year legacy has made it the “Leading Experiential Photographic Workshop and Writers Lab in the U.S.” The Workshops are more than a place to learn, you are among those who share your passion for creativity. There is a community built within each workshop, a place that allows you to learn not only from our professionals but also your peers. We offer world-renowned Professional Photographers and Pulitzer Prize Winning Writers both in the U.S. and abroad.

PhotoManhattan Photography School
Established in 2003 in NYC, PhotoManhattan Photography School provides excellent photography instruction to all levels, from hobbyist to semi professionals all year round. Offering fully equipped photo studio rentals and plenty of photographic equipment, PhotoManhattan also boasts instructors who are working professionals, who are also trained instructors with years of classroom experience and  expertise in making difficult photography concepts seem easy and fun.

If you have any questions about the Hagedorn Scholarship, please contact the Hagedorn Scholarship committee at hagedornscholarships@kent.edu


About Wallace J. Hagedorn

Wallace (Wally) Hagedorn, who took a photojournalism class at Kent State in 1941, left a $4.2 million bequest to the program – the largest single gift ever made to Kent State University to fund only scholarships. Mr. Hagedorn only took one class at Kent State, but he was so impressed with the class, that he became an amateur photographer and never forgot his Kent State experience. Read more about this incredible legacy.