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Kent, OH

At Kent State University, people hail from every corner of the globe to do work that paves the way for a brighter tomorrow. Here you’ll find world-class faculty serving as researchers and mentors. Alumni leaders in business healthcare education and beyond and students unafraid to break the mold and push boundaries. Our family is true blue and gold.
% enrolled undergraduates that are minority students
% enrolled undergraduates that are Latinx students
Scholarship opportunities for Latinx, first generation, or other underrepresented populations.
The following list is just a small sample of the many scholarship opportunities available at Kent State University and in the College of Communication and Information. Our students with diverse identities and backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply for all scholarships available through the university and outside providers. This list only highlights the university and college scholarships that were created specifically to assist our diverse students. To view the full details and apply for these scholarships and many others, please visit: KENT STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS African American, Hispanic and Latino/a American, and Native American Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship The Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship is a merit-based, Kent Campus scholarship available to incoming freshmen who are a member of an underrepresented population in higher education (AfricanAmerican, Hispanic, or Native American). Honors College Minority Scholarship Awarded to an African American, Latino American, or Native American student. Akron Urban League Kent State University Scholarship Available to minority students (African American, Hispanic, or Native American) from the Akron or Barberton public school systems. Kent State University/Akron Branch of NAACP Scholarship Available to incoming freshmen minority students (African American, Hispanic or Native American), who are currently attending high school within the Akron Public School District, or a student who lives within the Akron Public School District and attends a private or parochial school. Institutional Diversity Scholarship Awarded to African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are returning Kent State University students or incoming transfer students. Medical Mutual of Ohio Endowed Scholarship Awarded to African American, Hispanic, or Native American students who are returning Kent State University students. Portage County NAACP / Kent State University Scholarship Awarded to a graduating senior from a Portage County, Ohio high school who is a member of an underrepresented population in higher education (African-American, Hispanic, or Native American). LIN Television Corporation Minority Scholarship & Training Program Scholarship program designed to help educate and train outstanding minority candidates who seek to enter the television broadcast field. Hispanic and/or Latino/a The Chesnes Family Scholarship This scholarship is awarded to a student of junior or senior class standing who is enrolled in one of the following majors: Sciences, Mathematics, Technology, Computer Sciences, or Computer Information. Preference will be given to a Latino / Hispanic student. Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship This scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to eligible Hispanic high school seniors who face financial obstacles as they prepare to attend college. Esperanza Kent State University Matching Scholarship Kent State University students who are selected to receive a scholarship from Esperanza, Inc. (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education for Hispanic Americans) will receive a matching scholarship from Kent State University. LULAC National Scholarship Fund This scholarship was created to help youth in underserved Latino communities make the dream of college enrollment a reality. First Generation (First person in your family to go to college) Charles L. Greene Endowed Scholarship The Charles L. Greene Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a first generation undergraduate student who grew up in the State of Ohio. GAR Foundation Opportunity Scholarship Awarded to undergraduate, degree seeking students from Summit County, Ohio who must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and are enrolled full-time at the Kent Campus. Preference given to juniors and seniors and first generation college students. COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION Lagrant Foundation Scholarships The Lagrant Foundation offers 40 scholarships to ethnically diverse minority undergraduate and graduate students. SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES Garmon-Murvay Scholarship Awarded to a student who can express the importance of the communication studies discipline in a diverse and changing world. Students must indicate if they are a first generation student to attend college. Robert G. McGruder Minority Endowed Scholarship in Journalism and Mass Communication Awarded to a minority student planning a career in newspaper, magazines, broadcast news or photojournalism. Ada & Roger Fidler Scholarship For a student born in a Latin American country or having at least one grandparent who was born in a Latin American country. SCHOOL OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN Lewis & Dona Williams Endowed Scholarship Awarded to a Visual Communication Design or Photo Illustration student. Preference will be given to students who self-identify as African American, Latino, Native American and Asian. SCHOOL OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE Petta and Ron Khouw Scholarship Under-represented minority MLIS student with focus in Reference Librarians or Academic Librarians-Reference Services. The School of Library and Information Science Alumni & Friends Council Endowed Minority Scholarship Award is based on capacity to achieve academic and professional goals, motivation to achieve these goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress. Preference will be given to ethnic minority students (African-American, Hispanic, Native American, or Asian American). Academic Library Association of Ohio Diversity Scholarship Award ALAO values diversity in its membership, in the profession, and in future library professionals. For that reason, we offer a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce. A qualified candidate will demonstrate diversity in one or more ways, including, but not limited to: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, life experience, physical ability. For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship Spectrum specifically addresses the underrepresentation of librarians of color within the current workforce. Applicant must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit The School of Library and Information Science will make an additional financial contribution to the students who are awarded this scholarship. UNDOCUMENTED AND DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) STUDENTS Undocumented students cannot legally receive any federally-funded student financial aid, including loans, grants and scholarships. However, some private scholarships do not require students to be U.S. citizens or residents. The following organizations have scholarships for undocumented and DACA students: Golden Door Scholars: TheDREAM.US:
Support services for Latinx, first generation, or other underrepresented populations.
Kent State University welcomes students from all ethnic, cultural and racial backgrounds. Kent State has a rich history, which has always included the contributions of multicultural students. From the student formation of the Center for Pan-African Culture to the variety of multicultural student organizations, Kent State has a lot to offer. Student Multicultural Center The Student Multicultural Center serves as a university and community resource, coordinating educational, social and cultural programming, as well as Academic STARS, Kupita/Transiciones, University Mentoring Program and the Karamu Ya Wahitimu.