Scholarships | School of Visual Communication Design | Kent State University

Incoming 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 deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2019. 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. This application asks for the following supplemental materials:

  • A 500-word essay describing why you are choosing to study in the College of Communication and Information, how you have demonstrated leadership in your high school and the community and what drives you to excel.
  • Up to three work samples that demonstrate work related to your intended major. (Photos, writing samples, layouts and web work are all acceptable.)
  • One or two recommendation letters 

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

Available Scholarships

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.

Richard Sweet Memorial Scholarship in Art

Kent Roosevelt High School student pursuing a BFA in photography or fine art, in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher), with a portfolio of photography or sculpture.  

Award Amount: $920

*Demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA form in Financial Aid. 

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

Current Students

The School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students enrolled in our programs to help manage school expenses. Scholarship awards can be based on a variety of criteria, including academic merit, talent and demonstrated financial need.

Scholarship award recipients need to fill out a SODA (Student Online Donor Acknowledgment Form) before the funds will be released to their bursar’s account.

Complete the (FAFSA) Free Application for Federal Student Aid if you have not already done so. Be sure to designate Kent State University to receive your FAFSA results. Failure to complete the FAFSA will eliminate you from consideration for need-based scholarships.

Before submitting the application and uploading supporting documentation, students should review the individual eligibility criteria. All scholarships must include:

  • Completed application form;
  • GPA as of the previous semester; and
  • Uploaded portfolio

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. (*unless otherwise noted)

Click here to apply.

AVAILABLE Scholarships

  • American Greetings Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Design

  • The Christopher and Judith Everett Endowed Scholarship for Photography

  • Judy Everett Wilson Scholarship

  • Lewis and Dona Williams Endowed Scholarship

  • Richard Sweet Memorial Scholarship in Art

  • VCD Alumni Scholarship

  • VCD Scholarship

  • Walker-Buchanan Founders Award

  • Wallace J. Hagedorn 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