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. 

The application is now open.

Incoming Students Apply Here       Returning Students Apply Here

Incoming Student Application Deadline: April 15, 2022.
Returning Student Application Deadline: February 15, 2022.


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.

Missouri Photo Workshop 
For over six decades, the Missouri Photo Workshop has documented small-town America. This week-long workshop instructs students in the fundamentals of photo research, shooting, and editing to become effective photographers and visual storytellers.

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.

If you have any questions about the Hagedorn Scholarship, please contact the Hagedorn Scholarship committee at


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.