The Wallace J. Hagedorn Scholarship in Photography

The Wallace J. Hagedorn Photography Scholarship is a competitive merit- and need-based scholarship supporting 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. 

The application process is now closed. 


Returning students, click here to apply.    Incoming 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. Amounts awarded may vary from year to year.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a registered, full-time undergraduate
  • Be a major or minor in VCD-Photography and/or JMC-Photojournalism
  • Have a FAFSA on file
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA


In addition to tuition scholarships, 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. 

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.

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.

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.


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.