Scholarships for Future Students | School of Journalism & Mass Communication | Kent State University

Scholarships for Future Students

Tuition scholarships are available for incoming freshmen majoring in advertising, digital media production, journalism or public relations at Kent State. 

The application is closed for students entering Kent State's Class of 2022 (application year 2018).

JMC Incoming Freshman Scholarship Application

JMC Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen


The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers a major financial award ($1,000-$3,000 per year, renewable for four years) to incoming freshmen with outstanding high school academic credentials.

Learn more about the Promising Scholar Award


JMC awards nearly $200,000 to photojournalism students annually through the Wallace J. Hagedorn Photojournalism Scholarship. In addition to the monies available to offset tuition costs for the most talented visual storytellers, this program-enhancing gift will also provide additional resources to enrich the student experience

Learn more about the Hagedorn Scholarship


The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers a $500 scholarship to an outstanding high school senior from an Ohio Scholastic Media Association member school who will be attending Kent State. 

Learn more about the OSMA Scholarship


The Kent State University Honors College awards several merit scholarships of varying amounts designated specifically for students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication who apply for and are admitted to the Honors College. 

Learn more about the Honors College


School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumnus and CNN anchor Carol Costello and her husband, Timothy Law Snyder, support a $500 award to an outstanding incoming freshman with demonstrated financial need who is either from Minerva High School in Minerva, Ohio, or Ohio’s Stark, Lucas or Carroll counties. No application is required to be considered for this scholarship. 

Learn more about the  Carol Costello Scholarship

Submit your application

JMC Incoming Freshman Scholarship Application

Along with the application, you will need to email or mail the following to or Incoming Freshmen Scholarships and Awards School of Journalism and Mass Communication | Kent State University | P.O. Box 5190 | 201 Franklin Hall | Kent, OH 44242-0001

  • An official high school transcript.
  • A résumé emphasizing your journalism and mass communication and leadership experiences in high school and/or the community.
  • A 500-1,000-word essay that describes why you are choosing an education in journalism and mass communication, how you have demonstrated leadership in high school and/or the community, what drives you to excel and your professional goals.
  • Three to five original work samples, which can come from high school student media or other academic or extracurricular activities. Applicants for the Hagedorn Photojournalism Scholarship should provide a URL to examples of their photography work online and may include as many samples of work as desired. Applicants for other scholarships may provide a URL for work samples as well.
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak to your potential for success in a journalism or mass communication field. To be considered for the OSMA Scholarship, one recommendation letter must be from your high school media adviser. Letters should be directed to Incoming Freshmen Scholarships and Awards Committee and be mailed or e-mailed to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the address below.

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 Journalism and Mass Communication may apply for more than 30 scholarships relating to their major. These awards are generally not available to incoming freshmen. 

Learn more about the Scholarships for Current Students

Graduate Assistantships

There are a variety of graduate assistantships available to students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s graduate program.

For more information, visit the graduate assistantships page