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.

ISF-IIOC Scholarship

ISF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing joint scholarships. ISF is honored to host the ISF-IIOC scholarship of the Islamic Institute of Orange County (IIOC). The ISF-IIOC Scholarship program is only open to members and individuals affiliated with this center. Description and Eligibility: ISF accepts online applications once a year starting in December for a period of three months. Each Eligible Applicant Must Be: Muslim and active member of the Muslim Community; Attending an accredited university in the U.S.; Majoring in an ISF supported field of study; Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average; A Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.; An undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing.

CIC/Anna Chennault Scholarship

PURPOSE To encourage students to pursue journalism as a career. To induce competitors to research, learn and give an opinion on a topical news item and to take a stand on this particular issue. ELIGIBILITY Applicants must be committed to AAJA’s mission. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior that has been accepted to a U.S. college (proof of acceptance required) or a currently enrolled college student. AAJA membership is not required for the application but if selected, the student must sign up for student membership. SELECTION CRITERIA Candidates will be judged on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, commitment to the field of journalism and/or sensitivity to Asian American and Pacific Islander Issues. BENEFITS $5,000 will go towards the student’s college education. The selected student will receive travel, lodging and registration to attend AAJA’s national annual convention. Depending on the winner’s area of study, the student will also be paired with a professional print, online or broadcast mentor at the convention to help them network. Please be sure to gather all the required materials before beginning the application. You will be required to submit the following: One copy of an official high school or college transcript Two letters of recommendation from a professional who is familiar with your academic and/or journalism work (a counselor, professor, etc.). Work samples (in PDF, JPG or link formats). You will also have to answer ONE of three essay questions.

Communication Studies Emeritus Faculty Award

College of Social Sciences - Communications Studies Awarded to outstanding graduating senior of Communication Studies each spring.

Women’s Press Club of New York State Scholarship

The Women’s Press Club of New York State Scholarship is awarded annually to a student or students who are residents of New York State and who are or will be enrolled full-time in a college or university located within New York in a communications-related field of study. Eligibility Requirements Each scholarship applicant must be a matriculated, i.e. continuing, already-enrolled, college student who is pursuing a communications-related field of study at either a two-year or four-year college or university located in the state of New York. In addition, applicants must demonstrate: • Clear career goals • Academic achievement • Writing ability • Leadership skills

Joseph P. Ridder Scholarship

Applied Sciences & Arts - Journalism & Mass Communications Award: Annual Criteria: TBA For more information: 408-924-3240

Opal Guthrie Memorial Scholarship

The awards are to be restricted to students who have declared majors in Marketing and Communication and for junior and senior students with financial need who are pursuing a major sponsored by the School of Business.

RTDNA Presidents Scholarship

Two awards are given each year in honor of former RTDNA Presidents Theodore Koop, Bruce Dennis, James McCulla, John Salisbury, Bruce Palmer, Dick Cheverton, Jim Byron, Ben Chatfield and John Hogan. The recipients of the Presidents Scholarship will each receive $1,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference. WHO CAN APPLY Students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors at the time the scholarship is awarded, pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores or above in good standing when scholarships are awarded Students may apply for only one RTDNF scholarship, and past RTDNF scholarship winners are not eligible. HOW TO APPLY Complete the online application form, including: Contact information Experience URL links to 3-5 work samples Work samples should be broadcast (television/radio) or online news pieces Work samples should be uploaded to a host site like YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc. Upload the supplemental materials: Cover letter Discuss your current and past journalism experience Describe how you intend to use the funds Discuss your choice to pursue a career in journalism Addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee Resume Letter of recommendation From a professor, advisor, or supervisor Addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee

Bell Labs Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Criteria: 1. Must be either a woman or a member of a minority group underrepresented in the sciences. 2. Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident. 3. Must be a graduating college senior or a first-year graduate student. 4. Must be pursuing a doctoral degree in one of the following: Chemical engineering, chemistry, communications science, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, information science, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, operations research, physics or statistics. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Amway Scholars Program for College Students

Scholarship Value: up to $ 5000 Classifications: College Junior, College Sophomore Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligible Majors: Accounting, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Communications, Electrical Engineering, Finance, Information Systems, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering, Packaging Engineering Scholarship Detail: Amway operates in over 80 countries and territories with nearly 13,000 employees worldwide and has sales of over $8 Billion. Amway, through its global facilities provides world class product development, manufacturing, and logistics services. Amway manages the Nutrilite vitamin supplement brand and the Artistry cosmetic brand. Great People Happen At Amway. We value our employees, have a long-standing environmental commitment, provide an exercise and wellness program to our employees and foster a culture of innovation. During our time of transition from Alticor to Amway, explore our website and family of companies at: This year, Amway has partnered with UNCF to establish the Amway Scholars Program. The program is open to rising sophomores and juniors.

National Speakers Association Professor Award

$2,000 each for two professors. These awrds will be unrestricted and are to be used at the discretion of the honorees. The successful candidate will: 1. Teach full-time within a department of speech communication in an accredited university. 2. Demonstrate an academically-oriented commitment to the understanding of the spoken word by the individual and society. 3. Show commitment through effective undergraduate or graduate teaching courses in public speaking, presentations, public speaking ethics, etc. And/or through research that has a direct reference to increased understanding of public speaking or presentations.

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