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.
The application for Incoming Students is now closed.
The application for Returning Student is now closed.
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.
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
Walker-Buchanan Founders Award
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.
The 2022 Scholarships Winners have been announced!
American Greetings: Peyton Knight, Ivana Strauss, Alyssa Maziarz
The Christopher and Judith Everett: Savanna Harlin
VCD Scholarship (in Memory of Christopher Darling): Dylan Powell
Walker-Buchanan Founders Award: Joey Dunning, Kate Jordan, Katie Herring
The Lewis & Dona Williams Endowed Scholarship: Nike Adewumi
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.