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 Spring 2022 is now closed.

Wallace J. Hagedorn Photography Scholarship

The application process is currently closed for the 2021-22 academic year.

The School of Media and Journalism 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

Available Scholarships

  • American Greetings Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Design

  • The Christopher and Judith Everett Endowed Scholarship for Photography

  • Judy Everett Wilson Scholarship

  • Lewis and Dona Williams Endowed Scholarship

  • Richard Sweet Memorial Scholarship in Art

  • VCD Alumni Scholarship

  • VCD Scholarship

  • Walker-Buchanan Founders Award

Other Scholarships Open to VCD Students


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

Scholarship Winners

The 2021 Scholarships Winners have been announced!

American Greetings: Katherine Herring

American Greetings: Miranda Sepulveda

American Greetings: Kate Jordan

Christopher and Judith Everett: Peiyu Liu

VCD Scholarship: Lauren Reinhart

Walker-Buchanan Founders Award: Molly Stackhouse

Walker-Buchanan Founders Award: Emily Loccisano

Lewis & Sana Williams: Rachel Christian

Robert and Judy Everett Wilson: Nike Adewumi

Robert and Judy Everett Wilson: Sadie Reda

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.