Scholarships | Kent State University

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 Opens: February 19, 2018

Application Deadline: April 9, 2018 at 5 p.m.

 

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

*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

*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

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: $1,000

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 four students: an incoming freshman and one future sophomore, junior, and senior Photography student. For incoming freshmen, scholarship selection is based on GPA in addition to portfolio submission.

*Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Award Amount: Up to $20,000 to be awarded.

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.

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