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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.

Dairy Farmers of America Scholarships

At Dairy Farmers of America, we believe it is important to invest in the next generation of leaders to ensure a bright future for the dairy industry. That is why we established the DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship Program. The Foundation awards scholarships to three categories of students: Incoming freshmen: High school seniors or recent graduates who have been accepted to college, but have not yet started classes Undergraduate students: Students who are currently participating in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program, but have not yet graduated Graduate/professional students: Students enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program Scholarships are available to students pursuing a career in the dairy industry or a related field: Dairy herd management/production Large animal veterinary medicine Marketing/economics/finance Processing/manufacturing Communications/journalism Quality assurance Dairy nutrition Dairy foods Education Engineering Policy Genetics Law Others Criteria Must be enrolled in or applying for an accredited degree program during the next scholarship year Applicant’s commitment and passion for a career in the dairy industry, as demonstrated through responses to three essay questions Extracurricular activities, awards, recognition and work experience Academic achievement

Jerry Mandel Directors

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in communication studies or a member of the CSULB Debate/Forensics team. 2. Outstanding senior on the CSULB speech team. 3. The Director or Associate Director of Forensics must nominate student. Nominations must be submitted to the Chair in writing with supporting evidence of the candidates ability to meet the criteria. 4. Nominee must demonstrate outstanding contributions to community service and forensics team leadership or service. 5. Must be a graduating senior. 6. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the Forensics Director in the Department of Communication Studies at ((562) 985-4340) for more information and an application form.

AdPlus Scholarship

For students currently attending a local college, with at least one more year of classes left to take.Preferred majors include: Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Graphic Design, and Advertising Departments.

HSF/GE Hispanic Forum Scholarship Program

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) or be granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Must intend to enroll as an undergraduate Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior or 5th Year Senior in the next academic year and be pursuing first undergraduate degree Must major in one of the following: Accounting, Aeronautics/Aviation, Aerospace Engineering, Biochemistry, Bioengineering/Biotechnology, Biology, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computational Biology/Bioinformatics, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Cybernetics/Robotics, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Finance, Industrial Engineering/Technology, Information Technology (IT/MIS), International Business, Management, Manufacturing Engineering, Marketing, Materials Science/Engineering, Mathematics/Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience, Nuclear Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Physics, Science, Supply Chain Management, Telecommunications Have plans to enroll FULL-TIME at a four-year U.S. accredited college or university in the geographic locations listed above. Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). DACA applicants must submit household income information. Will be invited to be mentored by a GE Hispanic Forum member and enrolled into a career readiness program Please check website for deadline of application.

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in agronomy, crop science, agricultural communications, education, journalism, extension, public relations, business management, economics, finance, sales, marketing, plant pathology/breeding/genetics, soil science or soil/water conservation. One scholarship will be awarded to resident of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Two scholarships each will be awarded to residents of Iowa and Nebraska. Minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale required.AWARD: 17 scholarships at $1,500 each, non-renewable

HPRA Scholarship Program

Students who already are college students and who have declared majors in journalism, public relations, advertising, marketing, communications or related fields. High school students may not apply. For the time being, awards are limited to students at colleges and universities in Southern California, principally Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

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

Miss Nancy Besst Graduate 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 remaining year of graduate study for the graduate scholarship. 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)

New Investigator Research Grant

In order to be eligible to receive one of the ASHF Research Grants, individuals must meet the following criteria: - New scientists earning their latest degree in communication sciences within the last 5 years are eligible to compete for $5,000 grants to pursue research in audiology or speech-language pathology. - Note: Due to the availability of student research grant and scholarship competitions through ASHF, students enrolled in a degree program are ineligible for this award. - The individual must not have received prior funding for research, with the exception of internal university funding. - The proposal must be for research to be initiated.

NASCAR/Wendell Scott, Sr. Scholarship

Classifications: Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Graduate StudentMinimum GPA: 3.0Eligible Majors: Engineering, Business, Finance, Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing, Communications, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Management Information Systems, Computer Information Systems, Mass Communications, Sports ManagementEligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and UniversitiesEligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail:NASCAR and UNCF has created a wonderful scholarship to honor Wendell Scott, Sr. He achieved a major accomplishment in the industry by becoming the first African-American to officially win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Race. The candidates are eligible to receive a scholarship in the amount of $10,230. The undergraduate candidates must have at least a 3.0 GPA scholarship while the graduate students must have at least a 3.2 GPA. In addition, candidates are encouraged to apply to NASCAR's internship program. An upcoming attachment will give you the details and instructions to apply for this separate opportunity.Apply OnlineDonor/Sponsor Name: NASCAR

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