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External Scholarships and Awards

Faculty and staff in the School of Communication often receive word of external scholarships and other funding opportunities offered by various organizations. The following is a list of funding opportunities that have come across the desks of SOC faculty and staff. This list is updated as new information is gathered, and should never be considered complete.

Please note, the SOC Office of Student & Academic Affairs has provided these links to websites that are maintained by third parties, over which the SOC Office of Student & Academic Affairs has no control. The SOC Office of Student & Academic Affairs provides no guarantees regarding the opportunities on this website. It is the responsibility of the student to investigate each individual opportunity for its validity, and to take necessary precautions when sharing information.

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Scholarship and Award Opportunities

Name: 2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship
Application Link:
Application Deadline: April 24, 2015
Date posted to this site: April 13, 2015
Description: The American Association of People with Disabilities is please to announced that we are accepting applications for the 2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship. We are offering four scholarships, which can be used for the spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2015, to 2nd year associate students; undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors; and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing communication or media-related degrees. Each recipient will receive $5,625 for the tuition and fees at their college or university.

Name: SDX Scholarship
Application Link:
Application Deadline: February 23, 2015
Date posted to this site: January 27, 2015
Description: The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of Washington, D.C. (SDXDC), is accepting applications for its 2015-16 scholarships for undergraduate students attending colleges and universities in the Washington, D.C., area. All applications must show a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in journalism and must be a rising sophomore or junior in the summer of 2015.

Scholarship Application

Name: The LAGRANT Foundation - Scholarship
Application Link: www.lagrantfoundation.org
Application Deadline:
February 27, 2015
Date posted: January 28, 2015
Description: Scholarship recipient will receive a trip to Chicago 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 & donor recognition reception. Undergraduate (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors ONLY!) applicants meeting the criteria listed on the website and completing the application will be considered for The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) scholarship in the amount of $2,500.

Scholarship Application

Name: Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association Scholarship
Link: http://capba.org/
Application Deadline: March 6, 2015
Date posted to this site: February 24, 2015
Description: The Associated Press Broadcasters Association radio and television news award competition is open to all Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia broadcast members of The Associated Press.

Name: ANWC 2015-2016 Scholarship Application
Application Link: http://www.anwc.org/scholarships/
Application Deadline: March 23, 2015.
Date posted to this site: February 24, 2015
Description: The American News Women’s Club (ANWC), the oldest active national organization for women in the media, is pleased to invite college women preparing for careers in the communications professions to apply for ANWC scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. We are delighted to announce that this year ANWC will award three (3) $3,000 scholarships to undergraduate students at participating universities in the Washington, D.C., area.  

Scholarship Description | Scholarship Application | Scholarship Note to Advisors

Name: Associated Press Sports Editors Scholarship 
Application Link: http://apsportseditors.org/
Application Deadline: 
June 1, 2015
Date posted to this site: February 24, 2015
Description: APSE, a national organization of sports editors, is awarding four scholarships to help motivate talented students to pursue a career in sports journalism. Collegiate sports journalists entering their sophomore, junior or senior years are eligible for the scholarship which will awarded based on the students' journalistic work, their academic record financial need, and geography. The scholarships will be awarded to students from four different regions of the United States. The winner will be chosen by the APSE scholarship committee, which is chaired by Joe Sullivan, sports editor of the Boston Globe and includes editors from all sections of the United States.

Scholarship Application

Name: $5,000 Scholarship Opportunity for Graduate & Undergraduate Journalism & Communication Majors of Greek American Heritage
Link: http://alphaomegacouncil.com/scholarship.htm
Application Deadline: March 1, 2013
Date posted to this site: January 9, 2013
Description: Journalism and communications majors at the graduate and undergraduate level who are of Greek American heritage may apply for annual scholarships given in the amount of $5,000 in memory of Peter Agris, the late founder and publisher of The Hellenic Chronicle. The non-renewable grants have been offered by the Alpha Omega Council of New England and the Agris family for the last two decades.

Name: The Arts Club of Washington Scholarship Competition in Photography
Link: artsclubofwashington.org
Application Deadline: March 11, 2013
Date posted to this site: February 8, 2013
Description: The Arts Club of Washington sponsors an annual scholarship competition to recognize promising students specializing in a specific art form or medium. In 2013, scholarships will be awarded to students whose work as a photographer reflects both outstanding technical and artistic abilities.

Scholarship Description | Scholarship Application

Name: Map-Works Scholarship
Link: http://webebi.com/retention/scholarship
Application Deadline: April 13, 2013
Date posted to this site: March 1, 2013
Description: The MAP-Works (Making Achievement Possible) Scholarship was created to give students the opportunity to share how MAP-Works impacted their college experience. The purpose of the scholarship essay is simple: to gain a better understanding of how students are using MAP-Works to learn about themselves, how they are applying feedback from their student reports to change their behaviors, and how interactions with Direct-Connect faculty/staff are improving their college experiences.

Additional Links to Explore

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: