Scholarships for Returning Students

The School of Visual Communication Design offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students enrolled in our programs to help manage school expenses. Scholarship awards are based on a variety of criteria.

Minimum requirements to be considered for a scholarship:

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Enrolled in one of the following programs
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts - VCD
    • Bachelor of Arts - VCD
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Photography
    • Master of Arts - VCD
    • Master of Fine Arts - VCD
  • Full-time Student
  • Completed 12 credit hours as undergraduate or 6 credits as graduate student
  • FAFSA on file (highly recommended)

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. Complete the FAFSA to be considered for need-based scholarships.

All scholarships require:

  • Completed application
  • Current GPA
  • 5-10 samples of work (available online as a PDF)

The application for Returning Students is now closed.


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

The 2023 Scholarships Winners have been announced!

American Greetings: Sprout Dickerson, Gabrielle Lutz, Lucille Schneider

The Christopher and Judith Everett: Savanna Harlin

VCD Scholarship (in Memory of Christopher Darling): Alexander Miller, Leilani Biere, Melina Tripoli

Walker-Buchanan Founders Award: Taylor Bronner, Audrey Pierson

The Lewis & Dona Williams Endowed Scholarship: Cari Stonis

The Robert and Judy Everett Wilson VCD Scholarship: Jenna Fioritto, Hannah Lundquist
The Richard Sweet Memorial Scholarship: Lucille Blatnik


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.