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.

F. Charles Ruling, N6FR Memorial Scholarship

Preference is given to students in electronics, communications and related fields. Must be a licensed amateur radio operator.

ISF-MCC Scholarship

ISF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing joint scholarships. ISF is honored to host the ISF-MCC Scholarship of the Muslim Community Center East Bay, MCC. The ISF-MCC Scholarship program is only open to members and individuals affiliated with the MCC. 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.

Ron Culp Scholarship for Mentorship

Award: $1,000 This unique $1,000 scholarship is designed to honor a student entering his or her senior year at a four year accredited institution for their mentoring of others and their promotion of public relations as a career choice. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who is nominated by the college or professional advisor of a Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, or by one of his or her peers who can address the ways the nominee has helped others in their career and professional development, and how that individual has demonstrated their potential to be a strong mentor of others in their professional life. This award is not based on academic standing or courses taken. Ron Culp is a consultant and professional director of the graduate program in public relations and advertising at DePaul University. During his 30-year corporate career, Culp held senior public realtions positions at Ketchum, Eli Lilly, Pitney Bowes, Sara Lee and Sears, where he was senior vice president of public relations and government affairs. Culp's blog – – provides career advice for individuals pursuing careers in public relations. He has made a grant to the PRSA Foundation to make this award available to a PRSSA student. This scholarship is made possible by the PRSA Foundation. The Nominee Must be entering his or her senior year in college in Fall Must be a major in public relations, journalism, or related fields Must be studying to prepare for a career in public relations Must be attending a four year accredited institution Must be in good standing as a member of a PRSSA Chapter Nomination Process Nomination must be made by someone other than the nominee who has first hand knowledge of the student’s mentoring capabilities and examples, in a letter of no more than two pages. Up to two additional letters of support for the nominee may be provided. Once identified, the nominator may involve the nominee to providing information needed to complete the nomination. A nomination form (Word or PDF) must be completed by the nominator. A resume for the nominee must be attached. Five sets of the completed nomination package must be provided. All material must arrive no later than close of business on June 13. All nominating material must be mailed to: PRSSA Ronald Culp Scholarship for Mentoring 33 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor New York, NY 10038 Judging Criteria Demonstrated mentorship and leadership Commitment to public relations and the profession Letters of nomination

BEA Two Year/Community College Award

The BEA Two Year Scholarship is for study at school offering only freshman and sophomore instruction. 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.

International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP)

Offered across the globe in Australia, China, Europe, India and South Africa, the ISLP programs provide delegates the opportunity to further career development, strengthen leadership skills and engage in a culturally enriching experience. In each ISLP delegation, scholars increase knowledge and preparation in a specific career field such as Anthropology & Archaeology, Communications & Journalism, Business, Diplomacy & International Relations, Engineering, Medicine and Nursing. Through a comparative curriculum, they gain a global understanding of how their career of interest is practiced in the host country and they are able to compare and contrast current methods and procedures in the United States.Golden Key and ISLP have partnered to offer four (4) $2,000(USD) scholarships exclusively for Golden Key members.

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.

Business Majors Scholarships

Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time undergraduate or graduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must demonstrate financial need•Must be studying a major that falls under the Business Majors Application

General Scholarships

Full-time graduate students in communication sciences and disorders programs demonstrating outstanding academic achievement are eligible to compete for master's or doctoral study at $4,000 per award. In order to be eligible to receive one of the graduate scholarships, students must meet the following criteria: Graduate Study 1. The student must be accepted for graduate study in a communication sciences and disorders program. Master's degree candidates must be in a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (formerly ASHA ESB-accredited program); this is not mandatory for doctoral degree candidates. 2. The student must be enrolled for full-time study (twelve or more credit hours) or the full-time standard. If the full-time standard is less than twelve credit hours, the student must provide documentation from the college or university stating what its standard is. Academic and Personal Merit 3. The student must submit official university transcripts of academic coursework, credits and grades. If the official transcript does not display the current G.P.A., the student must submit college or university documentation verifying his/her G.P.A. 4. The student must be recommended by a committee of two or more persons of the following status: a. faculty at the student's current college or university program; b. faculty at the student's past college or university program, for persons just completing undergraduate work; and c. colleagues (at least one supervisor) at the student's current place of employment, for persons returning to school after being in the workforce. Prior Funding 5. The student must not have received a prior scholarship from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.

Charles Clarke Cordle Memorial Scholarship

Preference will be given to residents of Georgia and Alabama, and attending school in that region. Preference will be given to students with a 2.5 grade average or higher. Must be a licensed amateur radio operator. Award Amount: $1,000 Number of Awards: 1 per year License Requirement: Any active Amateur Radio License Class Region: Resident of GA or AL Field of Study: GPA of 2.5 or higher; preference to students of electronics, communications, or related fields Institution: Any in GA or AL

Molly Dailey Telecommunications Internship Fund

Scholarship Criteria: Awards two scholarships for $1,500 each. A) Students majoring in telecommunications whose career paths lead them to internships in the large cities of the major markets. B) Preference will be given to citizens of the United States of America and the state of Indiana. C) Must be a full-time student. D) Grade point average and financial need will not be criteria for selection. E) Recipients will exemplify the high spirit and dedicated drive that characterized Molly Dailey and share her passion for a career in telecommunications.F) In the event the fund cannot be used for the purpose initially intended, the chair and the dean may revise its purpose, keeping in mind the donor’s original intent and matching it as closely as possible.

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