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The School of Communication offers weekend graduate students need-based awards administered by the American University Office of Financial Aid. Students who apply by August 1, 2014 for a Fall 2014 start will receive priority merit consideration.
The Gridiron Club & Foundation, founded in 1885, is the oldest and most prestigious organization in Washington, D.C. Its 65 active members represent major newspapers, news services, news magazines and broadcast networks. In 1958, the club launched the Gridiron Foundation, which makes charitable contributions and provides scholarships. In 2009 the Foundation established the Gridiron Scholarship at the American University School of Communication, in support of the weekend Interactive Journalism Program. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming student on the basis of outstanding professional achievement, academic potential and written recommendations (supplied as part of the application for the MA in Interactive Journalism. Selected by a committee of journalism faculty members, chaired and managed by Jill Olmsted, journalism division director.
Part-time weekend program students may apply for need-based assistance. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal need-based aid. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it to the processing center by March 1 or as soon thereafter as possible. You can get a copy of this form from AU's Financial Aid office or from most university financial aid offices. AU's Financial Aid office also maintains a comprehensive list of private loans and scholarships. If you do not have Internet access, you may electronically file your FAFSA in AU's Graduate Financial Aid office on the second floor of the Hamilton Building. Please call (202)-885-6100 to schedule an appointment and to find out what information you will need to bring with you.
You may also want to check the following Web sites for scholarship information.
International students may also be interested in visiting these Web sites to locate additional sources of financial aid:
A number of students receive sponsorship from their employers for expenses associated with their graduate weekend at SOC. Employer sponsorship, either in whole or in part, benefits both the student and sponsoring organization. The student will receive the foundations needed to further their career. The organization will gain from employees who enhance internal organizational capabilities.
Below are some points to emphasize when approaching an employer for sponsorship. SOC’s professional weekend graduate programs benefit employers by providing employees with:
If your organization routinely funds education reimbursement, use whatever means are in place. If, however, your organization does not have a formal system in place, the following tips may be useful in approaching your employer.