Promising Scholars | Kent State University

To attract and retain the strongest journalism and mass communication students in the nation, JMC offers the Promising Scholar Awards, a financial award program specifically designed for first-time freshmen entering our School in the fall semester. The Promising Scholar Awards will provide incoming students with a $1,000, $2,000 or $3,000 scholarship per year, renewable for up to four years, to the highest achieving incoming freshmen drawn from JMC’s undergraduate degree programs:  advertising, digital media production, journalism and public relations. As part of the scholarship program, students also have the opportunity to meet their scholarship donor and receive mentorship opportunities.

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

JMC Incoming Freshman Scholarship Application

To be eligible for JMC’s Promising Scholar Award, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a first-time freshman. In addition to high school seniors, nontraditional students, especially U.S. military veterans, are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Have a minimum 3.7 cumulative high school grade point average and a minimum 26 ACT or 1200 SAT score. 
  • A résumé emphasizing journalism and leadership experiences in high school and/or the community.
  • Must complete an incoming freshman application.
  • An official high school transcript.
  • A resume emphasizing leadership experiences
  • A 500-1,000-word essay describing why they are choosing an education in journalism and mass communication.
  • Three to five original work samples.
  • At least one letter of recommendation.

With the Promising Scholar Award and other Kent State financial assistance programs, JMC has become one of the most affordable schools in the nation. It is also one of the strongest.  The Promising Scholar Awards are being funded through the generosity of private donors -- including alumni, media and communication industry leaders, and members of JMC’s Professional Advisory Board -- and by matching gifts from the university’s College of Communication and Information.  

Applications are now open for 2018-19. Apply by Feb. 16, 2018.

JMC Incoming Freshman Scholarship Application

For more information on the JMC Promising Scholar Awards, contact Christina Russ ( at (330) 672-2571. For information on other forms of financial assistance, contact the One Stop for Student Services (