Awards & Scholarships

Applications for School of Communication scholarships are currently being accepted. The deadline to apply is February 17, 2020. All materials should be sent to: School of Communication, Campus Box 4480, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4480 or hand delivered to the School of Communication Main Office, Room 434, located on the 4th floor of Fell Hall.

Incomplete Applications will not be considered.

Guidelines for Applicants

While each scholarship offered through the School of Communication has its own specific requirements, a competitive scholarship application generally includes the following:

  • An applicant resume: A summary of the awards, achievements and experiences that make you a strong candidate for the specific scholarship for which you are applying

  • A personal essay or statement of purpose: A one-page explanation of your purpose in applying for this specific scholarship. What makes you a particularly worthy candidate? What goals are you working toward, both during your time at ISU and after graduation? How will receiving this scholarship help you to attain these goals?

  • Letters of recommendation. While letters from your communication professors are always welcome, you should think about including recommendations from those outside the School as well. Internship supervisors, work managers, those familiar with your efforts as a volunteer, and professors from other departments will be able to discuss your qualities as a student, employee and/or work professional, and will make your application even more competitive.

Each scholarship offered through the School also has a specific set of qualifications for applicants, including area of study, year in school, and student GPA. Applicants who do not meet these qualifications will not be considered for the award. All scholarship awards are applied through Financial Aid to your student account on the 10th day of the Fall semester following the School of Communication COM Week Awards Ceremony. No checks are awarded to recipients by the School or Foundation. To determine the impact of a scholarship on your financial aid package, please contact your Financial Aid Officer. Scholarship awards will not be applied to your student account until a thank you letter to the scholarship donor is received in the School of Communication office and all scholarship requirements have been met. Unless otherwise noted, these scholarships are not available for graduate seniors. The philosophy of the ISU Foundation, the ISU office that works with scholarships, has been that student scholarships should apply to school expenses at ISU, and thus should not be awarded the semester a student is graduating. To bring the School of Communication in line with that philosophy, starting spring, 2014, graduating seniors will not be eligible to receive these scholarships.