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Communications Scholarships

The study of communications at the college level involves analyzing the ways in which knowledge, thoughts and ideas are processed and shared in our modern society. If you are pursuing this major you should possess good listening skills and enjoy public speaking. If so, continue reading to explore the world of communications scholarships.

Examples of courses typically found in this major include media criticism, rhetoric, media and society, intercultural communication, introduction to digital media and public speaking. Many programs will expect you to choose a concentration for your studies. These can include topics such as journalism, film studies, new media or public relations. It is also common for communications programs to feature an internship requirement. Here you will receive course credit for working at a radio station, marketing firm or other media concern. Not only will this provide you with real life working experience, you'll also most likely make important professional contacts.

This is a popular major that is offered at many colleges and universities. Finding the program that is right for you will depend on your educational and vocational goals and expectations. Some academic programs will be geared more to journalism while other programs will stress the role of communications in the business world. Be certain to research your programs carefully. Find out as much as you can about the faculty, what they've published and what are their areas of expertise. Also, find out what the communications labs are like and how much exposure you'll receive with the technological tools you'll be using professionally.

Employment prospects for this major will depend largely on your interests. Owing to the encroachment of the Internet on traditional print media, advertising revenues are down and so is circulation. At the same time, there are increasing opportunities with digital communication and media. Also, there are plenty of career opportunities in the world of marketing and advertising as well as public relations. Here as well, experience with digital media may help you to stand out in a competitive field.

Follow the links below to learn more about the world of communications scholarships. 

Student Research in Early Childhood Language

The competition is open to any graduate or postgraduate student for support of research to be initiated in the area of early childhood language development. A single grant of $2,000 will be awarded.

Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Prgm

All residents of New York City who attend high schools in New York City's five boroughs are eligible. Students must plan to attend college in the fall immediately following graduation. Students must apply and be accepted to one of the ten colleges associated with Chase Smart Start Scholarship Program. Students in the program must major in one of the following fields of study: business, communications, education, engineering, liberal arts, social science or technology. Legal dependents of Chase employees are not eligible for the Smart Start Program, but continue to be eligible for Chase's scholarships for employee's children.

STC Scholarship Program

Each year, STC awards fourteen scholarships of $2,500 each. Seven scholarships are reserved for undergraduate students and seven are reserved for graduate students. The STC Scholarship Program is administered through schools that have degree programs in some field of technical communication, and students in these programs are eligible. (Please note: you must be either a full-time graduate student working toward a Master's or Doctor's degree in technical communication or a full-time undergraduate student having upperclass standing in a two- or four-year degree program in technical communication.)

Thespian Scholarship Program

This program is open to graduating high school seniors who participate in the annual International Thespian Festival. Applicants must be member of the society, have a minimum grade point average of 2.7, and intend to use the funds to further their education in the communicative arts (theater, film, speech, radio, television, broadcasting, music or dance). They may participate in 1 of the 4 categories: 1) performance, with a solo presentation of a 2-minute song or monologue; 2) technical theater, with a portfolio of renderings, sketches, models or illustrations of scenic or costume designs; 3) theater educator, with an essay on why they want to be a theater teacher, their most inspirational teacher or the most important issue facing high school theater today; or 4) playwriting, with a manuscript of a play. Only 2 students from each troupe may participate. Selection is based on involvement with the thespian troupe at their school and their audition performance, portfolio, essay or manuscript.

STANDARD & POOR'S Award for Economic and Business Reporting

The S&P scholarship was created specifically to encourage talented young reporters considering careers in financial journalism. It is intended to reward the study of accounting, financial analysis, and investment research related to the functioning of global financial markets and to enhance the coverage and understanding of international business and investing. Standard & Poor’s is the world’s foremost provider of financial market intelligence, including independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. Graduate and undergraduate students, studying at American colleges and universities, or Americans studying abroad, who aspire to become foreign correspondents, are invited to apply for one of 15 scholarships or fellowships to be awarded by the Overseas Press Club Foundation. Winning an OPC Foundation scholarship or fellowship is more than a cash award. Winners are invited to join the Overseas Press Club family. They are encouraged to network and keep the organization apprised of their career moves. Foundation fellowships pay for travel and living expenses for awardees to intern in foreign bureaus at such leading news organization as the Associated Press, Forbes, GlobalPost, Reuters and Wall Street Journal, among others, and at foreign English-language media companies like the South China Morning Post and Cambodia Daily. In many cases, winning a prestigious OPC Foundation award has helped launch careers. The judges require that applicants submit a Cover Letter, Resume and Writing Sample. The applicant’s name and school should appear at the top of each page. The Writing Sample of approximately 500 words should concentrate on an area of the world or an international issue that is in keeping with the applicant’s interest and experience. Judges prefer a reported story, especially one that demonstrates a journalist's perspective or initiative. Winners have written on such diverse topics as playing black jack on the Trans-Siberian iRailroad, political activism in Morocco, and social upheaval in China. Essays that are exceedingly long may be disqualified. Because four of the 15 awards are reserved for international business or economic coverage, the Foundation invites applications from students who show a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic issues such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or environmental impacts. The substance of the essay may have appeared in an individual's previously published work but should be reformatted to meet the requirements of the application. Do not send a clip or URL. The Cover Letter should be autobiographical in nature addressing such questions as how the applicant developed an interest in this particular part of the world, a story pitch, or how he or she would use the scholarship to further journalistic ambitions. The judges respond well to applications showing strong reporting skills, color, and understanding or passion. Winners will be contacted in December so arrangements can be made for them to attend the Foundation Scholarship Luncheon in New York City. Recipients are expected to attend. The Foundation will cover the cost of travel and hotel.

Walter S. Patterson Scholarships

Study toward a career in RADIO. Scholarships will be awarded for full-time degree work at the JUNIOR, SENIOR OR GRADUATE level. Scholarships must be used exclusively for tuition, student fees, university book store course purchases, and university dormitory room and board. Current scholarship holders are not eligible for reappointment in the year following their award. All scholarships must be applied to study at a campus where at least one department is a BEA institutional member. The applicant should be able to show substantial evidence of superior academic performance and potential to be an outstanding electronic media professional. There should be compelling evidence that the applicant possesses high integrity and a well-articulated sense of personal and professional responsibility.

HSF/McNamara Family Creative Arts Project Grant

Program Description: In partnership with the McNamara Family Foundation, this program will provide financial resources to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time in a creative arts related field -media, film, performing arts, communications, writing, and others- to assist them in beginning and completing an art project. Grants will range from $5,000 to $20,000. Eligibility Requirements: Be of Hispanic heritage. Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired). Be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at a U.S. accredited college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands the upcoming academic year. Be majoring in the arts, including but not limited to media, film, performing arts, communications or writing. Have earned at least 12 undergraduate units or credits in a U.S. accredited college or university. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).

Roy Rowan Scholarship

Roy Rowan, correspondent, writer, editor and former OPC President, spent 35 years at Time serving as bureau chief in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Rome, Tokyo, Bonn and Chicago, and as Assistant Managing Editor for the weekly Life in charge of news. Graduate and undergraduate students, studying at American colleges and universities, or Americans studying abroad, who aspire to become foreign correspondents, are invited to apply for one of 15 scholarships or fellowships to be awarded by the Overseas Press Club Foundation. Winning an OPC Foundation scholarship or fellowship is more than a cash award. Winners are invited to join the Overseas Press Club family. They are encouraged to network and keep the organization apprised of their career moves. Foundation fellowships pay for travel and living expenses for awardees to intern in foreign bureaus at such leading news organization as the Associated Press, Forbes, GlobalPost, Reuters and Wall Street Journal, among others, and at foreign English-language media companies like the South China Morning Post and Cambodia Daily. In many cases, winning a prestigious OPC Foundation award has helped launch careers. The judges require that applicants submit a Cover Letter, Resume and Writing Sample. The applicant’s name and school should appear at the top of each page. The Writing Sample of approximately 500 words should concentrate on an area of the world or an international issue that is in keeping with the applicant’s interest and experience. Judges prefer a reported story, especially one that demonstrates a journalist's perspective or initiative. Winners have written on such diverse topics as playing black jack on the Trans-Siberian iRailroad, political activism in Morocco, and social upheaval in China. Essays that are exceedingly long may be disqualified. Because four of the 15 awards are reserved for international business or economic coverage, the Foundation invites applications from students who show a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic issues such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or environmental impacts. The substance of the essay may have appeared in an individual's previously published work but should be reformatted to meet the requirements of the application. Do not send a clip or URL. The Cover Letter should be autobiographical in nature addressing such questions as how the applicant developed an interest in this particular part of the world, a story pitch, or how he or she would use the scholarship to further journalistic ambitions. The judges respond well to applications showing strong reporting skills, color, and understanding or passion. Winners will be contacted in December so arrangements can be made for them to attend the Foundation Scholarship Luncheon in New York City. Recipients are expected to attend. The Foundation will cover the cost of travel and hotel.

Sprint Foundation

College/Department: Engineering - Electrical, Computer, Computer Science, MIS, or CIS, Business, Communication Min. GPA of 3.0, leadership skills on campus and in community, and have financial need. 1 award to student in Business or communication, 3 to EE, CE, CS, MIS, or CIS

Journalism or Communications Scholarship

$8,000 four-year scholarship Ideal candidates have been a member of AQHA or AQHYA for at least one year and are pursuing a college degree in journalism or communications. Recipient must pursue a career in news, editorial or print journalism, photojournalism or a related field. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled as a freshman at an accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program as specified above.

Journalism, Advertising, & Mass Communications Scholarship

College/Department: Applied Sciences & Arts - Journalism & Mass Communications For a worthy student majoring in journalism & mass communications. Note: formerly known as the Journalism & Advertising Scholarship.

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