Incoming Communication Student Scholarships

All high school seniors who have been admitted to Kent State's College of Communication and Information (CCI) are invited to apply for CCI scholarships.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2019. By submitting your application, you will be considered for both need- and merit-based scholarships

CCI Incoming Freshman Scholarship Application

Please note: Once you start this application, you cannot save your work and come back to it later. You must restart the application. This application asks for the following supplemental materials:

  • A 500-word essay describing why you are choosing to study in the College of Communication and Information, how you have demonstrated leadership in your high school and the community and what drives you to excel.
  • Up to three work samples that demonstrate work related to your intended major. (Photos, writing samples, layouts and web work are all acceptable.)
  • One or two recommendation letters 

On the application, you will be given the opportunity to submit a portfolio website or drive containing these materials, or you can upload the files individually. If you do not have them ready at the moment, or if you have any trouble submitting them with this application, you can send them via email (ccischolarships [at]

Additional Available Scholarships

CCI Dean's Scholarship

The CCI Dean's Scholarship is a need-based scholarship open to admitted Kent State undergraduates in:

  • School of Communication Studies
  • School of Digital Sciences
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • School of Visual Communication Design

The scholarship may be renewable for up to four years. Students who apply must also file the FAFSA.

Other Scholarship Opportunities


Incoming freshmen may qualify for need-based grants and loans, as well as need- and merit-based Kent State University scholarships.  Out-of-state students may be eligible for the President’s Scholarship or the University Award that reduce the out-of-state tuition surcharge.

Learn more about university scholarships


Current students already enrolled in the School of Communication Studies may apply for several scholarships relating to their major. These awards are generally not available to incoming freshmen. 

Learn more about the Scholarships for Current Students