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 (ccischolarships@kent.edu).

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
SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

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. 

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: April 9, 2018 at 5 p.m. (*unless otherwise noted)

*Read all instructions on the Scholarship Application Site then click "apply now" at the top of the page in the blue navigation bar and enter your Flashline ID to continue.

Click here to apply on the scholarship application site

 

American Greetings Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Design

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in VCD with demonstrated excellence in design and prior academic performance (e.g. GPA, portfolio or sophomore review).

Award Amount: $2,000 to three students

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

The Christopher and Judith Everett Endowed Scholarship for Photography

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

Student must be a junior or senior with a focus in photography and in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher). The award may be applied toward tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies.

Award Amount: $1,350

*Demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA form in Financial Aid (preferred but not required).

Judy Everett Wilson Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

This fund will support scholarships for undergraduate and graduate design and photography majors. The scholarship has a preference for two awards per year - one to a male student and one to a female student. The award may be applied toward tuition, fees, books and supplies.

Award Amount: $1,000 to two students

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

Lewis and Dona Williams Endowed Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

Student must be a sophomore, junior or senior design, illustration or photography major; have passed sophomore review; have a minimum 2.5 GPA; demonstrate excellence in either design, illustration, or photography; and be a member of an underrepresented population in higher education. Preference will be given to Alana students (individuals who self-identify as African American, Latino, Native American or Asian). The award may be applied toward tuition and fees.

Award Amount: $2,000

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

Richard sweet memorial scholarship in art

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

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. 

VCD Alumni Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

Open to all undergraduate and graduate VCD majors. Students must be in good academic standing and demonstrate excellence in design, illustration or photography. The award may be applied toward tuition, books, supplies, equipment and academic support. 

Award Amount: $1,000

VCD Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

Student must be enrolled in VCD.

Award Amount: $1,500 to two students

Walker-Buchanan Founders Award

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

Student must exhibit academic excellence and an outstanding portfolio in graphic design, illustration, or photography. The award may be applied toward tuition.   

Award Amount: $2,500 to two students

Wallace j. hagedorn scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

Open to all undergraduate photography majors in the School of VCD. Student must be in good academic standing for fall. The scholarship is awarded each year to Photography students. For incoming freshmen, scholarship selection is based on GPA in addition to portfolio submission.

*Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Award Amount: Up to $100,000 to be awarded.

The application will be open for the Class of 2023 before the end of 2018. Please check back soon.

Click here to apply on the scholarship application site

hagedorn traveling scholarship 

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA:

This unique award is for VCD Photography majors or minors who would like to explore a an academic photographic project of your choosing. Student must be in good academic standing and have a strong portfolio of work. Students must provide an outstanding statement of how travel will benefit their academic work in photography. 

Award Amount: Up to $2,500 may be requested per student. Only one proposal per student will be considered.

Proposals must include sufficient background material to permit evaluation by someone who may not be entirely familiar with the subject matter. All materials should be combined into one PDF and uploaded via the application site.

Proposals must include:

  • Title
  • A one-paragraph abstract
  • An illustrated description of the research project including specific objectives and end products (tear sheets are a good to include). GIve us a clear idea of what you’ll be doing.
  • Any additional supporting documents, such as research contacts.

Submission requirements are as follows:

  • PDF version of your portfolio which includes:
    • Your name
    • Your status (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior)
    • List of Photography courses taken including ones in which you are presently enrolled
  • Destination of travel.
  • Why/How the destination will advance your academic work.
  • What deliverables you intend to produce from the project (e.g. a photographic book, sizable piece of their portfolio, etc.)
  • Timeline and budget (printings costs related to the project can be included in budget).

 

*Read all instructions on the Scholarship Application Site then click "apply now" at the top of the page in the blue navigation bar and enter your Flashline ID to continue.

Click here to apply on the scholarship application site

 

Other Scholarship Opportunities

UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

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