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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.

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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.

AFWM Ford Emerging Voices Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/8/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) and Ford Motor Company Fund are looking for promising female undergraduate or graduate students to provide future journalistic content for AWM.

    The winner will receive $5,000, made payable directly to the student’s educational institute in the name of Ford Motor Company Fund. The winning student will receive one ticket to attend the Gracie [...] More

ARRL Charles Clarke Cordle Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2022
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The ARRL Charles Clarke Cordle Memorial Scholarship is an award for amateur radio operators. Applicants must possess an 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

B. Bradford Barnes Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2023
  • Amount: $26,740
  • As part of the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware Higher Education Office works to ensure that postsecondary education is accessible and affordable for Delaware residents by providing information and financial assistance to students and their families. We administer 14 state-sponsored financial aid programs, which include grants, scholarships and professional incentive programs. One [...] More

BMI Founders Internship for Radio Broadcasting

  • Application Deadline: 4/2/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Established in 2015, the BMI Founders Award is an annual internship program open to radio broadcasting students nationwide. A 4-6 week paid internship with a major US broadcasting corporation is awarded for the best original essay response submitted to the competition and recognizes a student with the potential to become an innovator in the rapidly changing field of broadcast radio. Applicants [...] More

Certified Angus Beef Colvin Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Available only to students who have enough credit hours to be classified as a junior or senior at the beginning of the year spring semester or quarter at a 4-year institution. Also open to Graduate students in any year of a recognized, full-time masters or doctorate program, who are conducting applied or basic research, are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to the beef [...] More

CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $500
  • The CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship provides financial support and hope to meritorious students who demonstrate positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT issues. Preference is given to currently enrolled Wayne State University LGBT students, although all Wayne State University students are invited to apply. All current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half-time with [...] More

Dairy Management, Inc. Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/5/2023
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDPRB), through Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), annually awards up to eleven $2,500 scholarships to eligible undergraduate students (sophomore through senior) enrolled in college/university programs that emphasize dairy.

    Majors include communications/public relations, journalism, marketing, business, economics, nutrition, food science, and Ag [...] More

FSF Case Study Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/17/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The annual FSF Case Study Scholarship is our signature program. The scholarship topics change each year but always involve an in-depth student challenge that focuses on real issues facing the fashion industry today. No matter what sector of the industry you’re interested in, we have a challenge for you. We’re searching for the best and brightest fashion students from all backgrounds — and we [...] More

Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/21/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • WTS attracts, sustains, connects, and advances women’s careers to strengthen the transportation industry. Our success hinges on conducting ourselves in accordance with a set of core values- our operating principles- in everything we do. Together. The WTS Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in transportation through undergraduate and graduate programs. The scholarships are [...] More

Interpublic Group Scholarship and Internship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Interpublic Group Scholarship and Internship is awarded to an ethnically diverse student who is currently a college junior and has a demonstrated interest in a career in advertising or public relations. Candidates must be able to fulfill a paid internship during the summer prior to the academic year the scholarship is awarded. Eligible applicants must: be U.S. citizens or permanent residents [...] More

ISC-IIOC Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the ISF-IIOC Scholarship, applicants must: be a Muslim or involved in the Islamic community; major in an ISF supported field of study (see website for more details); have a 3.0 GPA; be a US citizen or permanent resident; and, be an undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing (includes PhD). Recipients are notified in July. For more information or to apply, please [...] More

ISF National Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity founded in 2009 whose mission is to address the under-representation of American Muslims in the fields and occupations that influence public opinion and make public policy. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are Muslim or an active member of the Muslim community, enrolled at an accredited university by [...] More

ISF-MCA Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • ISF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing joint scholarships. ISF is honored to host the ISF-MCA Scholarship of the Muslim Community Association of the Bay Area, MCA. The ISF-MCA Scholarship program is only open to members and individuals affiliated with the MCA. Each eligible applicant must be: attending an accredited university in the U.S.; majoring in an ISF [...] More

ISF-MCC Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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. Each Eligible Applicant Must Be: attending an accredited university in the U.S.; majoring in an ISF supported field [...] More

ISF-MSA West Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the ISF-MSA West Scholarship, applicants must: be a Muslim or involved in the Islamic community; major in an ISF supported field of study (see website for more details); have a 3.0 GPA; be a US citizen or permanent resident; and, be an undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing (includes PhD). Recipients are notified in July. For more information or to apply, please [...] More

ISF-SRVIC Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • ISF offers many joint and sponsored scholarships with partner organizations, masjids, student/alumni associations and private sponsors that share its mission and vision. SF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing joint scholarships. ISF is honored to host the ISF-SRVIC scholarship of the San Ramon Valley Islamic Center (SRVIC). The ISF-SRVIC Scholarship program is only [...] More

James B. Simpson Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • 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. Qualifications include: understanding of the importance of quotations in contemporary communication, ability to manage and update the website. Must be accepted to the MA in Political Communication, enrolled full-time (9 credits or [...] More

JEA Journalist of the Year Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Sister Rita Jeanne Scholarships recognize some of the top high school journalists in the country. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior; have at least a 3.0 GPA; have participated in high school journalism for at least two years; submit a digital portfolio; be a state Journalist of the Year winner and a student of a JEA member adviser. Pursuing a degree in journalism is not [...] More

JVS Chicago Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • JVS Chicago offers scholarships to Jewish students residing in the Chicago metropolitan area (including Lake County, Indiana). Eligible applicants must: were either born and raised in Chicago area or one continuous year of full-time employment in the Chicago metro area prior to enrollment; plan on remaining in the Chicago area after completing school; are entering an accredited graduate program [...] More

LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship recipients will receive a trip to NYC 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 and be a full-time student at a four-year [...] More

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • 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

Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • OJEFA currently offers scholarships to bring aspiring young outdoors communicators to the SEOPA conference at absolutely no cost to them. One is through the Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award. Recipients will learn about all aspects of outdoor communications from the people who make it happen day in and day out. Recipients of the Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award receive many things, such as free conference [...] More

Media Alliance of Houston Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/27/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Houston Chapter of Media Alliance of Houston will award scholarships to college juniors or seniors who have at least one full-time semester left of college. The scholarships will be awarded to students attending a Texas public or private university that offers radio, television, film, public relations, advertising/communications or broadcasting as the major emphasis of study and/or students [...] More

Media Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/13/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Washington Media Scholars Foundation (WMSF) provides the opportunity for college students to gain firsthand knowledge of the public policy advertising world through scholarship and networking opportunities. The Media Fellows program is the Foundation’s essay-based scholarship program, striving to provide financial assistance to undergraduate college students with interests at the intersection [...] More

Mercatus Adam Smith Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Mercatus Adam Smith Fellowships are awarded to graduate students attending PhD programs in a variety of fields including economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology. The total award of up to $10,000 includes a stipend and travel and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center. Fellowship winners are eligible to re-apply each year of their studies. Smith Fellows are also [...] More

NDS McCullough Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Since its inception, National Dairy Shrine has recognized the importance of laying a foundation for the future, and has constantly expanded its youth programs to capture and challenge the interest of outstanding dairy youth. An applicant for the McCullough Scholarship must be a freshman at a four-year college or university with intent to major in Dairy/Animal Science with a Communications [...] More

NDS Mike Lancaster Sophomore Merit Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The NDS Mike Lancaster 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. Scholarships are based on leadership, activities, academic ability and interests in the dairy industry. The applicant must have at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA. For more information or to [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • 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 (and a US citizen). 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. [...] More

NHA Past Chairs' Legacy Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • NHA created the Past Chairs’ Legacy Scholarship in 2008 to encourage students to consider becoming part of the U.S. waterpower industry. Our growing industry has professionals in many different fields, including engineering, IT, biology, environmental sciences, forestry, hydrology, animal sciences, management, financial services, communications, and other areas. Many companies also offer [...] More

Pacific Gas & Electric Company Asian ERG Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/5/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Pacific Gas & Electric Company Asian ERG Scholarship provides an effective forum for members to enhance skills, knowledge and experience. All majors eligible; encouragement given to engineering, IT, business, environmental or energy-related emphasis. Eligible applicants must be a high school senior, have a 3.0 GPA, and have a residence that is a PG&E customer in California for at least 6 [...] More

Park Scholar Award

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Each year, Ithaca College offers Park Scholar Scholarship Awards to students who are passionate about the field of communications, community service and who thrive on academic and personal challenge. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (federal guidelines), and apply to Ithaca College for an undergraduate major within the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Transfer [...] More

PEGTV Courcelle Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Courcelle Scholarship is awarded annually to a Rutland County High School senior who has exhibited a high level of proficiency and interest in the video or media arts and intends to pursue study in the communications field at an accredited college, university or trade school. Eligible applicants must be pursuing degrees in television, film, radio, internet, computer animation, graphic arts, [...] More

Peter Agris Memorial Journalism/Communications Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Alpha Omega Council honors its late founder Peter Agris by presenting the Peter Agris Memorial Scholarships annually to several young Greek-Americans pursuing studies in the fields of journalism or communications. The Scholarship program, conducted in cooperation with the Agris family, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017 and since its inception has provided more than a half a million [...] More

PMI Alaska Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The PMI Alaska Chapter Scholarships are for applicants who are enrolled in or applying for an accredited undergraduate, graduate or doctoral academic degree program in project management or a related field benefitting from project management with the following order of priority: 1st priority: a member of the PMI Alaska Chapter who is a resident of Alaska attending or planning to attend an [...] More

PMI Eastern Iowa Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The PMI Eastern Iowa Chapter has sponsored an endowed academic scholarship fund to provide an annual scholarship valued at up to $1,000 for undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must be enrolled in or applying for an accredited academic degree program in project management or a related field benefiting from project management. Priority is given to children (or a stepchild) of a member [...] More

PMI GAC Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) is an independent academic accreditation body with policies, procedures and standards for project, program and portfolio management and related programs at the bachelor’s, post graduate and doctoral degree levels. The purpose of the GAC scholarship is to support students who are studying project management, with the [...] More

PMI New York City Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • In order to be considered eligible for the PMI New York City Chapter, applicants must be enrolled in or applying for an accredited academic degree program in project management, and/or a field that benefits from project management (i.e., science/engineering, hotel management, information technology, pharmaceutical, business administration, construction, human resources, educational [...] More

PMI North Carolina Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The PMI North Carolina Chapter Scholarship is offered to students enrolled in or applying for an accredited academic degree program in project management or a related field. Priority, in order from most to least, is given to: residents of North Carolina; anyone planning to attend or currently attending a school in North Carolina; anyone planning to attend or currently attending a school in South [...] More

PMI Phoenix Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The PMI Phoenix Chapter is open to students who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees in Project Management or related fields of study. Must be residents of Arizona. For more information and or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

PMI Robert J. Yourzak Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Robert J. Yourzak Scholarship Fund, sponsored by the PMI Minnesota Chapter, is an academic scholarship valued at up to US$2,000 and is open to all students pursuing graduate or undergraduate degrees in Project Management or related fields of study from accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities anywhere in the world. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

PMI Silver Spring Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The PMI Silver Spring Chapter is offered to applicants enrolled in or applying for an accredited academic degree program in project management or a related field benefiting from project management. First priority is given to residents in the National Capital Area (see website for details) attending or planning to attend an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program anywhere. Second [...] More

PMI Tulsa Chapter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • In order to be considered eligible for the PMI Tulsa Chapter Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in or applying to a project management degree program or a related field benefiting from project management with the following order of priority: a member of the PMI Tulsa Chapter or an immediate family member (including spouse, children, step-children and grandchildren but not cousins, aunts, or [...] More

Public Diplomacy Council Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $15,000
  • The Public Diplomacy Council (PDC) offers an annual fellowship to an outstanding student in either the School of Communication or the School of International Service at American University (AU) in Washington, DC. The fellowship provides recipients with direct experience in the field of public diplomacy while working closely with accomplished members of the PDC. The Public Diplomacy Council is [...] More

RTDNF Lee Thornton Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/3/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Eligible applicants of the RTDNF Lee Thornton Scholarship must be sophomores, juniors or seniors at the time the scholarship is awarded, pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Students from the University of Maryland and Howard University will be given preference. The scholarship will be awarded in May. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

Stephen J. Roy Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Stephen J. Roy Memorial 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. High school seniors attending Windsor High School are eligible to apply. Requires an essay submission. For more [...] More

Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • Amount: $6,000
  • Applicants of the Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship are judged on Christian commitment and involvement in the United Methodist Church, academic achievement, experience in journalism, or evidence of journalistic talent, clarity of purpose, plans, and goals for the future as well as potential professional ability as a religious journalist. For more information, or to apply, please visit the [...] More

The Harold K. Douthit Regional Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/23/2023
  • Amount: $750
  • The Ohio Newspapers Foundation will award the Harold K. Douthit Scholarship to a student from northern Ohio who is currently enrolled and majoring in a field relevant to the industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or a communications degree program at an Ohio college or university. Applicant must have graduated from a high school in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Huron, Erie, Wood, Geauga, [...] More

WTS Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates

  • Application Deadline: 11/21/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • WTS attracts, sustains, connects, and advances women’s careers to strengthen the transportation industry. Our success hinges on conducting ourselves in accordance with a set of core values- our operating principles- in everything we do. Together. The WTS Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in transportation through undergraduate and graduate programs. The scholarships are [...] More
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