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.

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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.

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.

The Betty Endicott NATAS-NCCB Chapter Student Scholarship

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences-National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter (NATAS-NCCB) is pleased to announce its annual scholarship competition. The scholarship is in honor of Betty Endicott, the first female news director in Washington, D.C. Both full-time undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants must be studying for a career in communications and/or broadcast journalism. Scholarships will range from $1000 to $5000 (not to exceed $5000), depending on the number awarded. Eligibility Requirements Applicant must: Be enrolled in an accredited two or four year college or graduate program in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC Be a full-time sophomore, junior or graduating senior with a declared major in communications or broadcast journalism Be a full-time graduate student in pursuit of an advanced degree in either communications or broadcast journalism Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher Demonstrate an aptitude or interest in communication or broadcast journalism through coursework, extracurricular activities, internships, jobs and volunteer work Application Package Applicant must provide: A complete application (Endicott Scholarship Application) An unofficial college transcript A one-page resume Work samples (DVD/CD or links are acceptable as well as radio or television broadcast scripts) Two letters of reference (one from a college professor or administrator) And, an essay, NOT TO EXCEED TWO PAGES, on what you think is the biggest ethical issue facing today’s broadcast news industry

The Communication Department Prize

The Communication Department Prize is an annual award for the graduating senior who best meets the goals of the department. The department's faculty and staff determine the recipient of the award based in large part on these criteria: (1) The quality of the student's work (theoretical, research, and applied), reflected in part by course grades. To be considered for the award, a student must have an overall GPA of 3.0. (2) The collaborative attitude of the student, as demonstrated by teamwork and participation in student and departmental activities. (3) A demonstrated commitment to ethics in communication and to service of others through communication. This Prize is only for Communication Major


Graduate students studying at American colleges and universities, or Americans studying abroad, who aspire to become foreign correspondents, are invited to apply. Winning an OPC Foundation scholarship or internship 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. The Foundation pays travel and living expenses for interns in foreign bureaus at such leading news organization as the Associated Press and Reuters, 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. It can be in the form of a story, news analysis or a traditional essay. Recent winners have written on such diverse topics as playing black jack on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, political activism in Morocco, and social upheaval in China. Applicants are also encouraged to submit essays showing a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic issues such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or environmental impacts. 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.

TOCA Scholarship Program

Application Materials:The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association will award one $2,500 fall semester scholarships to undergraduate college students pursuing a career in green industry communications.1. To qualify, students must major or minor in technical communications or a green industry related field such as horticulture, plant sciences, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, etc. The applicant also must demonstrate an interest in using this course of study in the field of communications.2. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or above and a 3.0 in the major area of study (based on a 4.0 scale). Students enrolled in the fall can apply for the scholarship. Eligibility, as determined by the TOCA Board of Directors, extends to two and four year program students attending institutions that offer turf management curriculums.3. The scholarship will be awarded through the bursar's office at the recipient's college or university.Application materials should be emailed to:Barb Ulschmid,

Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria: A) For full-time students who are first-quarter juniors through first-quarter seniors, who are majors or minors in telecommunications. B) Grades are not a criterion or condition for eligibility or consideration. C) Applicants must have reasonable expectation of becoming a professional in the telecommunications industry. D) Except for the first scholarship, each scholarship is to be awarded on the basis of a creative endeavor. This may be in the form of a written project, a research effort, an audio tape, a video tape, a film or similar presentation so long as it can be clearly defined as creative in the area of telecommunications.

AFCEA Fellowship

Fellowships of $15,000 will be awarded to full-time postgraduate students who have earned Master's degrees or the equivalent and who are currently enrolled in a doctoral degree program in the following or related fields of electrical, electronics, chemical, systems or communications engineering; physics; mathematics; or computer science. Majors directly related to the support of U.S. intelligence enterprises with relevance to the mission of AFCEA will also be eligible. The dissertation title or abstract of the specific area of research is required. Important: Candidates must be a U.S. citizen with earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees (or their equivalents) and be currently enrolled in a doctoral program at any accredited university in the United States. A thesis statement or abstract of the intended area and nature of research is required. Primary consideration will be given for demonstrated excellence of the research topic. Please note: Endorsement by the Dean of the College of Engineering is required, regardless of major. The AFCEA Ph.D. Fellowship seeks to reward excellence for demonstrated effort at the doctoral level of study, rather than the potential for such excellence. Please read the requirements carefully to determine specific eligibility before submitting an application. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the Educational Foundation via the email below. Contact Info: Name: Norma Corrales Phone: (703) 631-6149 or (800) 336-4583 ext. 6149 E-mail:

David J. Clarke Memorial Scholarship

Each year a scholarship grant of $3000 is offered to a full-time graduate or undergraduate student, majoring in broadcasting (or other designated television major) at an accredited college or university in the designated market area of stations serving the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award will be given to a student who has achieved academic excellence; who is involved in co-curricular television activities (through student media, internships, or related employment); who possesses a desire to engage in television as a career; and who has high integrity and personal character. Financial need may also be considered. For consideration of this award, applicants must: Complete the online scholarship grant application; Write a personal statement; Submit 2 examples of creative work; Submit a resume; Provide an unofficial transcript of grades; Have a faculty member send a letter of recommendation directly to the scholarship chair; and Have an industry professional send a letter of recommendation directly to the scholarship chair.

Joseph Näwahï Scholarship

GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY  Minimum GPA 3.2  Graduate student at an accredited institution in the state of Hawai`i  Pursuing Hawaiian studies, Hawaiian politics, Law (specific to Hawaiian legal issues), or Communications/Journalism (specific to Hawaiian history, culture and politics)  Demonstrate financial need  Submit two letters of recommendation; one from a teacher or counselor and one from a community organization who can comment on your overall character, achievement and contribution to serve the greater community  Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Applications are open to the general public. However, it is the policy of the Pauahi Foundation to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.

Hispanic Public Relations Association Scholarships

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a degree in public relations, communication studies, journalism, advertising, and/or marketing. 2. Must have at least 25% Hispanic descent. 3. Must be an a junior or senior at time of the award. 4. Must have a minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA, with a minimum 3.0 GPA in coursework. 5. Must be a legal resident. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should download an application at for more information and an application form.

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