$4.2 Million in Photojournalism Scholarships | Kent State University

$4.2 Million in Photojournalism Scholarships

The Wallace J. Hagedorn Scholarship in Photojournalism

The Wallace J. Hagedorn Photojournalism Scholarship supports student tuition costs and enriching, out-of-classroom experiences to help photojournalism students develop strong portfolios.

The funds come from the largest single gift ($4.2 million) ever made to Kent State to support only scholarships. Members of the incoming Class of 2022 who intend to major in journalism with a focus on photojournalism can apply using the Incoming Freshman Scholarship application.

The application is closed for the incoming Class of 2022 (application year 2018).

JMC Incoming Freshman Scholarship Application

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


Tuition Scholarships

Each year, two freshmen, two sophomores, two juniors and two seniors will receive at least $5,000. Four additional scholarships are awarded to photo illustration students in the School of Visual Communication Design.
In 2015:

  • Three students received $10,000 scholarships
  • 19 students received scholarships of $4,000 or more

Photojournalism students discuss the financial impact of the Hagedorn scholarship:



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

In 2015, more than $34,000 was awarded to support enriching experiences for photojournalism student. Funds supported:

  • student travel overseas to Costa Rica, Greece/Cyprus and Ireland.
  • domestic travel to Appalachia, Washington, D.C., and various internship sites.
  • attendance and travel costs for workshops including the NPPA Northern Short Course, the Eddie Adams Workshop 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 $3 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.