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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.

Lennon, John Scholarship

Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: Yoko Ono, established this scholarship in memory of her late husband, John Lennon to support students majoring in the Performing Arts and Communications. Apply Online Donor/Sponsor Name: Yoko Ono/The Spirit Foundation Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.

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

C-SPAN Scholarship Program

Scholarship Value: $2,000 Classifications: Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligible Majors: Communications, Journalism, Political Science, English, History Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: This program offers a paid summer internship and scholarship in the amount of $2,000. In addition to majors listed above, students can also major in the field of Radio/TV/Film. Donor/Sponsor Name: C-SPAN

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.

Jeanne Mowlds Distinguished Lifetime Service Award

Sponsored by OutputLinksAcademic focus includes all Document Management and Graphic Communications careers.

Joseph P. Ridder Scholarship

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

PETER J. MARINO, JR. MEMORIAL PRODUCTION SCHOLARSHIP

Up to $2,000 for undergraduate students ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Scholarship applicants: • must be actively engaged in a collegiate-level curriculum in one or more areas of the television industry and be attending a college in Northern California (Visalia to the Oregon border), Hawaii, or Reno, Nevada; • have completed at least one undergraduate academic year of television studies, • have at least one remaining year of undergraduate study for the undergraduate scholarships. Entrants may receive only one scholarship per year. Scholarship recipients are not eligible for a second scholarship in the year following their award. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Please specify which scholarship competition you are entering. Undergraduate students may apply for more than one scholarship, but you must submit a separate application form. The video entry must be specific to the category for which you are applying. Each application must include: 1) a completed scholarship application form; 2) a copy of your college transcript indicating your GPA and class standing (PDF); 3) a one-page essay summarizing your television academic and work experience, related activities and personal goals (Word or PDF); 4) a letter of recommendation from your dean or professor at your school explaining why you are a good candidate for an award plus the names of two faculty members we can contact for more information about your work. (Word or PDF) VIDEO REQUIREMENTS Undergraduate: Production – Submit a composite of at least three examples of your work in one or more of the following areas: producing, directing, editing, lighting, graphics, or set design. (20 minutes maximum)

Wilson W. Carnes Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural communications.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $300. Not guaranteed.

Jerry Jensen Memorial Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Scholarship applicants: • must be actively engaged in a graduate-level curriculum in one or more areas of the television industry and be attending a college in Northern California (Visalia to the Oregon border), Hawaii, or Reno, Nevada; • be enrolled in a television graduate program; • have at least one one remaining year of graduate study for the graduate scholarship. Entrants may receive only one scholarship per year. Scholarship recipients are not eligible for a second scholarship in the year following their award.

Re-Entry Scholarship

College/Department: Applied Sciences and Arts - Journalism & Mass Communication Must be a Print Journalism major or graduate student in Mass Communications with a B average. Selections will be based first on merit and second on financial need. Submit essay to support application.

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