Scholarships for Future Students

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 application process is now open. Deadline for applying is February 15, 2020. 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. Some applications may ask for one or more of the following supplemental materials:

  • A link to your portfolio of student media work 
  • At least two writing samples that demonstrate your skill and ability. 
  • One or more recommendation letters from individuals who can speak to your potential for success. They may be from high school teachers/advisers or members of organizations with which you are involved.

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

Available Scholarships

Carol Costello Scholarship

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

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.

Wallace J. Hagedorn Photography Scholarship

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Visual Communication Design award up to $200,000 to photography students annually through the Wallace J. Hagedorn Photography 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

JMC Honors College Scholarships

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

Scholastic Media Scholarship

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers a $1,000 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 Scholastic Media Scholarship

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