Scholarships for Incoming Students

Incoming 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

The incoming student scholarship application is now closed.

AVAILABLE Scholarships

  • American Greetings Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Design

  • The Christopher and Judith Everett Endowed Scholarship for Photography

  • The Robert and Judy Everett Wilson VCD 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