$4.2 Million in Photography Scholarships | School of Journalism & Mass Communication | Kent State University

$4.2 Million in Photography Scholarships

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. 

The application will be open for the Class of 2023 before the end of 2018. Please check back soon. For more information about the Hagedorn Scholarship, please contact David Foster.

Kent State photojournalism students discuss how the Hagedorn scholarship has helped them develop professionally:


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.
In the 2017-2018 academic year:

  • Ten students received $5,000 scholarships
  • 14 students received scholarships of $2,000 or more

Photojournalism students discuss the financial impact of the Hagedorn scholarship:



The Wallace J. Hagedorn Scholarship also supports portfolio-building experiences for photography students.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, more than $58,000 was awarded to support enriching experiences for photojournalism student. Funds supported:

  • student travel overseas to Costa Rica, Florence, Prague, Bulgaria, and Brussels.
  • domestic travel to Portland, San Francisco, and various internship sites.
  • attendance and travel costs for workshops including the NPPA Northern Short Course, the Eddie Adams Workshop, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, and the Mountain Workshop.

Kent State photojournalism students talk about overseas travel, and how the Hagedorn scholarship has shaped their development into global citizens:


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.

Review the guidelines for the Hagedorn photojournalism scholarship.