Advertising Scholarships

The feats of athleticism seen during the Super Bowl are impressive but during timeouts and injuries, it’s all about the advertisements. In fact, more people watch the game just for the often-epic commercials…51 percent, according to Nielsen. This statistic and the overwhelming popularity of “Mad Men” has Don Draper and Peggy Olson wannabes abound but the only way to access this in-demand field and, later, score the corner office, is by declaring advertising as your major and taking the necessary college classes to hone your skills.

Advertising spans several disciplines and advertising majors will need to take courses in art, business, psychology, journalism and communications to fully grasp what their future clients will need. As a student, however, you will need to afford for tuition, room and board, books and other educational expenses. How you pay for it all depends but scholarships are a great way to diffuse some of the costs now and into the future (you don’t have to pay them back!). And since advertising is such an attractive major, there are plenty of advertising scholarships to choose from. University of Florida students can take advantage of the school’s multiple advertising scholarship and fellowship options, as can advertising majors at the University of Texas at Austin. Internships offered by private organizations like The Advertising Club and the American Advertising Federation are also excellent ways for future executives and creative directors to get their feet wet at a real agency.

Scholarships.com has millions of financial aid opportunities in its database but here are just a few of the advertising scholarships perfect for you. For more options (think: essay and video), try a free scholarship search.

ACF American Advertising Federation-NM Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/7/2019
  • Amount: $1,400
  • The American Advertising Federation-New Mexico (AAF-NM) Scholarship Fund has been established to provide scholarships to deserving men and women who intend to enter the advertising profession. In order to apply, you must be a New Mexico resident enrolled full-time at a four-year New Mexico public or non-profit college/university as a junior or senior in one of the following majors: Business (with [...] More

Austin Alliance for Women in Media Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • AWM Austin is proud to award scholarships to college juniors and seniors studying media (or related field) at an Austin or San Marcos area university.

    Eligibility:
    -Complete 75+ hours of college course work by December
    -Must not graduate before December
    -Minimum 3.25 GPA
    -Enrolled as a full-time student (carrying a minimum of 12 hours per semester) at an Austin or San Marcos area [...] More

Chairmans College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • This scholarship is available to students entering their junior year of college, actively pursuing a bachelor’s degree in an academic field related to promotional products and expressing an intent to enter the promotional products industry after graduation. The scholarship is renewable for the senior year of college, provided that the student meets the minimum GPA requirement and current [...] More

Charlie Corr Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • In order to be eligible for the Charlie Corr Memorial Scholarship, students must have an interest in a career within the document management and graphic communication industry, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be a full-time student attending an accredited college or university as of the upcoming fall semester. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing a career in journalism, trade show [...] More

Franchise Services, Inc. PIP Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • EDSF scholarships are awarded to full-time students who are committed to pursuing a career in the document management and graphic communications marketplace. To be eligible, students must attend California Polytechnic State University and be pursuing a degree in graphic communication. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required.

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Helen Brett Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The purpose of the Helen Brett Scholarship is to assist individuals who are enrolled in a four-year degree program with a focus on the study of exhibition and event management. The scholarship serves to promote the exhibitions and events industry by attracting college level students into the field of study and encouraging their pursuit with financial support. Scholarships are awarded [...] More

Interpublic Group Scholarship and Internship

  • Application Deadline: 1/27/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications, awards the Interpublic Group (IPG) Scholarship and Internship annually based on academic excellence, need and involvement in the field of communications.

    Each is awarded to an ethnically diverse student who is currently a college junior and has a demonstrated interest in a career in [...] More

JSU Alabama Power Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Established by the Alabama Power Foundation for deserving students enrolled in the College of Commerce and Business Administration. The JSU Alabama Alabama Power Scholarship is open to Alabama residents who plan to attend Jacksonville State University. Applicant must major in business related area.

    Applicant must be a full-time student demonstrating academic achievement enrolled in the [...] More

Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship and Internship from Scholastic

  • Application Deadline: 1/26/2019
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student interested in public relations who would be able to fulfill a paid summer internship at the company's New York City headquarters. An applicant must be majoring or (for high school seniors) declaring a major in a communications-related field, including but not limited to advertising, broadcasting, communications, English, film, [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state. Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Scholarships are renewable for four years of college in the state of Washington. Music, sculpture, [...] More

New York Women in Communications Inc. Foundation Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2019
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications, awards scholarships annually based on academic excellence, need and involvement in the field of communications.

    Eligibility:
    -High school seniors who are permanent residents of NY, NJ, CT or PA, attend a high school in one of these states, and will graduate this spring
    -College [...] More

Park Scholar Award

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • At least 10 merit-based scholarships are awarded to outstanding high school seniors each year. In addition, at least three merit-based scholarships are awarded to Park School rising juniors each spring.

    Scholarship expectations:
    -Maintain a 3.5 GPA and full-time enrollment in the Park School
    -Engage in significant and meaningful community service
    -Participate in Park scholar activities
    -Be [...] More

Ray Greenly Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2019
  • Amount: $25,000
  • The Ray Greenly Scholarship is open to sophomore, junior and senior undergraduates and graduate students enrolled full-time at any accredited U.S. college or university (regardless of NRF member status). Applicants do not have to be in a retail program or major to apply but should demonstrate how their chosen major or graduate program is relevant to digital retail. For more information or to [...] More

Sandy Schenker Capell Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Sandy Schenker Capell scholarship was created to honor Sandy and her commitment to mentoring and developing young talent. The scholarship will be awarded each year to a Houston area high school senior interested in a career in media. The ideal candidate will represent the qualities that Sandy exuded in her daily life. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2018
  • Amount: $60,000
  • Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarships are open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who will graduate or have graduated from high school in one of the following Middle Tennessee counties: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, Davidson, Dekalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, [...] More

SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Scholarship awards range from $2,000-$3,000, with $5,000 going to the top student. Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in accounting, engineering, race car driver/crew, administration
    information technology, sales/marketing, [...] More

The AAF-Greater Evansville Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/23/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The AAF-Greater Evansville awards scholarships to deserving high school and/or college students yearly in April. Over the past 40 years, AAF-Greater Evansville has distributed over $153,000 in scholarship awards. To be eligible, students must plan to pursue a career in advertising, marketing, public relations or graphic design. The application deadline varies yearly, but is typically in early [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Graduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2019
  • Amount: $3,250
  • The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) Graduate Scholarships are available to minority students who are full-time students at a four-year, accredited institution, carrying a total of 12 units or more per semester/quarter and have a minimum 3.2 GPA. Additionally, applicants must be majoring in a field of study that has an emphasis in advertising, marketing or public relations, and must have a minimum of two [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship recipients will receive a trip to New York or San Francisco where they will participate in career building activities including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, two daylong career & professional development workshops and a scholarship and donor recognition reception. Applicants must be from a minority ethnic group, studying a field of study [...] More

The NEDMA Foundation Direct Marketing Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/12/2019
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The NEDMA Direct Marketing scholarship is for marketing, advertising, graphic design, or communications students who will have completed their sophomore or junior years by June, and who are seriously interested in direct marketing careers at a New England college/university.

    The program consists of three parts:
    1. An award of $3,000 to be applied to college tuition
    2. Attendance at the [...] More

WGA Mary Macey Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2019
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Women Grocers of America (WGA) is pleased to assist the National Grocers Association (NGA) in its pursuit to recruit and retain the next generation of quality managers and entrepreneurs. We offer academic scholarships worth $1,500 each to students who intend to pursue a career in the independent sector of the grocery industry. Applicants must be independent grocery retailers and wholesalers, [...] More

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Last Reviewed: September 2018