The Wallace J. Hagedorn Scholarship in Photography

The Wallace J. Hagedorn Photography Scholarship supports student tuition 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. 

JMC Students Click here to apply.

VCD Students Click here to apply.

Tuition Scholarships

Each year, the Hagedorn Scholarship awards up to $200,000 in tuition and student experience scholarships between the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Visual Communication Design. 


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

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.

Mountain Workshops *
Western Kentucky University's Mountain Workshops is one of the nation's oldest and largest training camps for visual storytelling. Students will fine-tune photography, picture-editing, video storytelling, data visualization and time-lapse skills over one intensive week.

PDN Photo Plus Expo
Photo Plus will help students improve their craft, learn how to run a successful photography business, or discover the latest trends and technology. This three-day conference features over 90 seminars. 

Eddie Adams Workshop * 
The Eddie Adams Workshop is the only tuition-free photojournalism seminar of its kind. Applicants submit portfolios for consideration, and 100 selected participants team up with top professional photographers and editors for a four-day gathering that includes assignments, portfolio reviews, panel discussions and presentations.

Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar 
America’s longest continuously operating photojournalism conference, The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar was founded by photojournalists from newspapers, magazines and wire services. The seminar offers photography and video workshops, distinguished speakers in photojournalism, portfolio reviews and a photography contest.

This annual, free outdoor photo festival, produced by United Photo Industries, is a modular venue built from repurposed shipping containers, providing a unique opportunity to engage with a cross-section of the world’s photographic community.

4x5 Photo Fest
A free one-day photography festival in San Antonio, Texas, 4x5 Photo Fest offers talks and workshops with top photographers and editorial and commercial art directors from across the nation. Consists of a full day of inspiring photography keynote presentations and workshops. 

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.

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.


If you have any questions about the Hagedorn Scholarship, please contact Dave Foster (JMC) at dafoster [at] or Tim Bell (VCD) at tbell32 [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.