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Communications Scholarships

Effective communication is key to a successful career and successful relationships. Conveying one's intended message is practically an art form. Many would argue that it absolutely is and, if they majored in communications, might just argue the point successfully. Students who major in a subject within the college of communications or those who directly major in communications can enter an interesting array of fields. They can find careers in journalism, photography, radio announcing, advertising, publishing, graphic design and more.

Such fields are exciting and appealing and, therefore, competitive. One of the best ways to get your foot in the door is to receive a good education, both as an undergraduate and potentially as a graduate student. And usually, you get what you pay for — a good but expensive education.

Fortunately, there are plenty of communications scholarship awards are available. There are even communications scholarships completely restricted to such students, meaning that all those amateur journalists, editors and media moguls who have declared other majors will be automatically disqualified from such competitions. That’s bad for them but great for you and your odds of winning these scholarships.

On top of major-specific awards, communications students have a good chance of winning scholarships that involve essays or other persuasive components — after all, you wouldn’t be majoring in communication if it wasn’t something you enjoyed! Contests for photography, filmmaking and new media can also cater to a communications major’s unique skills. As a student of human interactions, you’re more likely to nail all the aspects of etiquette in the scholarship search, as well. And since communications is such a broad category, you might find additional college scholarships for your specific concentration, in addition to your major.

To find communications scholarships you may be eligible to receive, check out our free scholarship search at Scholarships.com. With information about more than 2.7 million scholarships and grants, you’re bound to find something. If it’s not the major that makes you eligible, it will be something else. Either way, get the education you need to get ahead...and the money you need to pay for it.

ARRL Charles Clarke Cordle Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The ARRL Charles Clarke Cordle Memorial Scholarship is an award for amateur radio operators. Applicants must possess any active Amateur Radio License Class; be a resident of Georgia or Alabama and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Students must also be enrolled at an accredited institution in Georgia or Alabama. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

James B. Simpson Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Through a gift from the Rev. James B. Simpson, the School of Communication (SOC) at American University provides graduate fellowships to direct the Simpson website.

    The database currently houses almost 3,000 quotations and is updated regularly to reflect a variety of quotations from a wide range of sources, including news talk shows, pop culture events, social media, and recently published [...] More

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students awards a scholarship for undergraduate studies of religion, journalism, or communications. The scholarship assists a United Methodist undergraduate who intends to pursue a career in religious journalism through study at an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be a United Methodist ethnic [...] More

NDS McCullough Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Applicant must be a high school senior planning to enter a four-year college or university with intent to major in Dairy/Animal Science with a Communications emphasis or Agricultural Journalism with a Dairy/Animal Science emphasis. Students must be planning on a career in dairy journalism or communications For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

NDS Sophomore Merit Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The NDS Sophomore Merit Scholarship is available to any undergraduate student currently enrolled in their sophomore year in a four-year college with an explicit interest in the dairy industry. Students can only receive this scholarship once. The applicant must have at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA. The scholarship will be paid when the winners are recognized at the National Dairy Shrine Awards [...] More

NPPF Reid Blackburn Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • NPPF scholarships are awarded to encourage those with the talent and dedication to photojournalism and who need financial help to continue their studies. These awards are directed toward those studying full-time or returning to college.

    Reid Blackburn was a staff photographer until his death on May 18, 1980. He was on assignment at Mount St. Helens when it erupted and took his life. This award [...] More

PMI Eastern Iowa Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • We are pleased that you are interested in pursuing a career in project management. The Foundation has established a tuition scholarship program to assist qualified students in obtaining degrees from accredited academic institutions of higher learning in the field of project management. Scholarships are sponsored by PMI, PMI Components, corporations, and universities.

    In order to be considered [...] More

PMI Robert J. Yourzak Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The PMI Educational Foundation Scholarship Program is pleased that you are interested in pursuing a career in project management. The Foundation has established a tuition scholarship program to assist qualified students in obtaining degrees from accredited academic institutions of higher learning in the field of project management. Scholarships are sponsored by PMI, PMI Components, corporations, [...] More

Public Diplomacy Council Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2019
  • Amount: $15,000
  • The Public Diplomacy Council is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering greater public recognition of public diplomacy in the conduct of foreign affairs. PDC serves as a resource and advocate for the teaching, training, and development of public diplomacy as an academic discipline, while promoting the importance of the academic study, professional practice, and responsible advocacy of [...] More

Soderquist Graduate Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Soderquist Fellowship program offers talented individuals the opportunity of a full scholarship to pursue a master's degree while working for Soderquist Leadership. This model of applied academics brings students together with practitioners in a professional setting. Soderquist Leadership has partnered with John Brown University to offer the following degree programs:

    MBA: International [...] More

Stephen J. Roy Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • This scholarship provides assistance to students with financial need who have resided in, or have substantial ties to, Larimer County and have an interest in the study of law or our system of government, debate or other similar law-related educational activities. Students attending Windsor High School are eligible to apply. Requires an essay submission. For more information or to apply, please [...] More

Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: $6,000
  • The purpose of the fellowship is to enhance the recipient's professional competence and thereby help to perpetuate the standards exemplified by Ralph Stoody and Arthur West. Religious journalism is interpreted to include news writing for secular press, church press and for church institutions. The committee considers all news and journalism forms, including electronic and broadcast media, as well [...] More

The Ed Johnson Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Must be a high school senior or college student pursuing a four-year degree in agriculture, communication, education, business management, economics, international agriculture, finance, sales and marketing and science, engineering and related specialists except biochemistry, biological science, biotechnology and marine biology. Attendance at The Ohio State University and Ohio residency required. [...] More

The Harold K. Douthit Regional Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/19/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Ohio Newspapers Foundation will award a scholarship to a student from northern Ohio who is currently enrolled and majoring in a field relevant to our industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program at an Ohio college or university. The scholarship is named for Harold K. Douthit, founder of Douthit Communications, Inc., Sandusky, and a former [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2020
  • 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

Upper Midwest Emmy Chapter/Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/5/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The NATAS-Upper Midwest Chapter/Foundation offers $2,500 student scholarship grants to be used for tuition & books. Scholarships are open to high school and college/university students living in the five-state area served by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa & western Wisconsin).

    Applicants must [...] More

Wilson W. Carnes Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Given in recognition of Mr. Wilson Carnes, retired editor of FFA New Horizons magazine, by his friends and co-workers to encourage FFA members to pursue an agricultural magazine publishing career. Must be a high school senior pursuing a two- or four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Approximately two scholarships at $1,000 each. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

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Last Reviewed: April 2019