Scholarships for 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 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

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

Graduate of a Portage County, Ohio, high school pursuing a BA or BFA in Design or a BFA in photography or fine art, in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher), with a portfolio of photography, design or sculpture work.  

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