Scholarships
Communication students have the opportunity to earn scholarship awards because of generous gifts from our alumni and friends. On the journalism site you can find scholarships for journalism students. The department also lists outside scholarships.

The 2015 Department of Communication Scholarship application process has ended.  The next application opportunity will be Spring 2016.

Dan Warner/Bob Willey Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a Communication major with junior class standing and an interest in copywriting, the Puget Sound Advertising Federation (PSAF) established this fund to honor Robert Willey, a 1953 UW graduate who received national recognition for his expertise in radio advertising. Dan Warner was likewise honored by the PSAF for his significant contributions to the field.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication
  • Junior class standing
  • High academic standing
  • Must have future career goals in copywriting, broadcasting, and/or advertising

Flip Wilson Minority Scholarship
The Flip Wilson Minority Scholarship is an annual gift from the estate of the late comedian Flip Wilson. His Emmy award-winning show broke through racial and economic barriers in the 1970s. Flip Wilson was a pioneer in the entertainment industry, paving the way for many successful comedians and he was a strong supporter of education.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication
  • High academic standing
  • Must have future career goals in entertainment industry and/or education
  • Scholarship applicants complete an essay that explores Flip Wilson’s work and its impact on television and comedy during the 1970s.

Harold E. Carr Scholarship in Communication
The Harold E. Carr Scholarship in Communication was established byHarold E. and Joyce C. Carr to support upper level undergraduate students in the Department of Communication who study in the fields of journalism (print, electronic, digital), public relations, global communication, and political communication. Harold E. Carr graduated from the UW in 1955 and is a member of the UW Department of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame. He retired from The Boeing Company after a long career there in public relations. His service includes over 20 years as a director and then as vice president of public relations and advertising. He is the recipient of many awards, including the 2004 Jay Rockey Lifetime Achievement Award from the Puget Sound Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Harold has served as a board member for several civic organizations.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication or Communication: Journalism
  • Junior or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Must have future career goals in journalism (print, electronic, digital), public relations, global communication, and political communication

Jane & Reid Roller Scholarship in Communication
Awarded to a Communication major interested in advertising, the Roller Scholarship Fund in Communication was established by Jane Roller in memory of her husband, J. Reid Roller, to support Department of Communication undergraduate students. J. Reid Roller was an Associate Professor in the School of Communications in the 1980s. He came to the department after a long career at J. Walter Thompson, a renowned advertising agency (known as JWT since 2005). Roller received his BSc in 1938 and his MBA in 1940 from Ohio State.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication
  • Junior or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Must have future career goals in advertising

John Impola Endowment for Journalism Education
Awarded to a Communication major with an interest in advertising or journalism, the John Impola Endowment for Journalism Education was established in 1990 by John Impola’s widow, Marion. His interest in journalism began in Cathlamet, where, as a schoolboy, he would drop by a print shop after class to handset type. Level-headed, objective, and responsible reporting was almost a religion to him. He was the first member of his family to earn a college degree, graduating from the UW with a B.A. in Journalism in 1928. His entire career was devoted to the practice of journalism in the Northwest. He worked for 25 years at the Daily Journal of Commerce, serving for many years until his retirement as its managing editor.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication or Communication: Journalism
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Must have future career goals in advertising and/or journalism

Kevin Ellis Endowed Scholarship
The Kevin Ellis Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a Communication major with an interest in international communication. The scholarship was founded in 1985 by Ellis’ parents in an effort to recognize their son’s interest in the field of international communication. Ellis graduated from the University in 1981. He, along with five traveling companions, was kidnapped by rebel dissidents in Zimbabwe in 1982, while on a tour of Africa to learn more about the country and its people. His death was confirmed in 1985.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication
  • Junior or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Financial need
  • Must have future career goals in international communication and international affairs

Robert F. Philip Scholarship
Robert Philip established this scholarship to further ensure academic and professional excellence at the University, in particular in the field of Communication. Philip graduated from the UW in 1940 and has been an active participant in, and observer of, University affairs for over 6 decades as president of the Tri-City Herald newspaper, as a member of the Medical School’s visiting committee, as district governor of the Alumni Association and, for 18 years, as a member of the Board of Regents.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing
  • Communication GPA of 3.0 or higher

Robert L. Patterson Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a Communication major who has demonstrated academic excellence. Robert Patterson was professor emeritus at Castleton State College in Vermont. He created this scholarship in memory of his wife, Marilyn Mathis Patterson, a 1948 graduate of the University of Washington School of Journalism. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Delta Pi.
To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing
  • High academic merit

Ruddick C. & Cherry Lawrence Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to a Communication major who has demonstrated academic excellence, the Ruddick C. and Cherry Lawrence Endowed Scholarship was founded in 1996 to enhance and strengthen the Department of Communication. Lawrence began his professional life as the Director of Publicity for the Detroit Institute of the Arts and then went on to serve as manager at The American Boy magazine and Fortune magazine. He was vice president of the New York Stock Exchange from 1953 to 1968 and founded his own consulting firm, Lawrence Associates, in 1977. Throughout his career, he was committed to community service and education.
To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing
  • High academic merit

Journalism Scholarships

Bob Doble Memorial Scholarship
The Bob Doble Memorial Fund was established in the 1930s by Jim and Peg Marshall to honor their son.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication
  • Junior or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Must have future career goals in editorial journalism

Cassie Lawrence Bryant Endowed Scholarship
The Cassie Lawrence Bryant Scholarship was established in honor of Ms. Bryant and her service to the Association for Women in Communications. She was elected as the first treasurer of Theta Sigma Phi, the original name of the organization. Early in her professional life, she saw the importance of strong local and national organizations committed to the development of women journalists.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Must have future career goals in journalism

Don Pember Journalism Endowed Scholarship
The Don Pember Journalism Scholarship was established by Communication alumni in honor of Professor Don Pember. Pember joined the University of Washington faculty in 1969 and served as a mentor to many undergraduate and graduate students. He received the UW’s prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award in 1973 and was recognized two years later for excellence in teaching by the Carnegie Foundation. His path-breaking work on privacy led to “Privacy and the Press” (1979) and he has been a significant leader in mass communication through two popular textbooks.
To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication: Journalism and/or transfer student from a community college
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Must have future career goals in journalism and/or mass media law

Excellence in Journalism
This scholarship was established in 1987 by an alum of the Department of Communication. Proceeds from this fund are used to encourage and enable students to pursue a career in newspaper journalism.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication: Journalism
  • Junior or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Must have future career goals in print journalism

Harold E. Carr Scholarship in Communication
The Harold E. Carr Scholarship in Communication was established byHarold E. and Joyce C. Carr to support upper level undergraduate students in the Department of Communication who study in the fields of journalism (print, electronic, digital), public relations, global communication, and political communication. Harold E. Carr graduated from the UW in 1955 and is a member of the UW Department of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame. He retired from The Boeing Company after a long career there in public relations. His service includes over 20 years as a director and then a vice president of public relations and advertising. He is the recipient of many awards, including the 2004 Jay Rockey Lifetime Achievement Award from the Puget Sound Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Harold has served as a board member for several civic organizations.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication or Communication: Journalism
  • Junior or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Must have future career goals in journalism (print, electronic, digital), public relations, global communication, and political communication

John H. & Harriet Reid Memorial Scholarship
The John H. & Harriet Reid Memorial Scholarship was established in 1961. The Reids raised nine sons and daughters, all of whom earned degrees from the University of Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Reid received honorary degrees from the University in 1941. John Reid was a local printer with the University Press, which established one of the first open circulation newspapers in the region. John Reid was born in 1873 in Oslo, Norway. He immigrated to the United States at the age of four and settled in Glyndon, MN. He was orphaned at the age of 11 and taken in by Capt. Luther Osborn, who already had eight children of his own. After one year of high school in Fargo, ND John decided what he really wanted to be was a newspaper man. He met the love of his life, Harriet, and they married in 1902. In 1906, the Reids moved to Seattle. John worked for the Seattle Times, then bought the Vashon Island News and moved his family to Vashon Island. In 1913, he bought a print shop in the University District and in 1917 published the first issue of the University District Herald. He was very active in the community serving on the school board, the draft board and with several civic groups. In 1941, Wally Reid, their youngest son, graduated from the University of Washington in journalism in 1940. After his father’s death in 1960, Wally established the John and Harriet Reid Memorial Scholarship.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication: Journalism
  • Junior or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Must have future career goals in editorial journalism

John Impola Endowment for Journalism Education
Awarded to a Communication major with an interest in advertising or journalism, the John Impola Endowment for Journalism Education was established in 1990 by John Impola’s widow, Marion. His interest in journalism began in Cathlamet, where, as a schoolboy, he would drop by a print shop after class to handset type. Level-headed, objective, and responsible reporting was almost a religion to him. He was the first member of his family to earn a college degree, graduating from the UW with a B.A. in Journalism in 1928. His entire career was devoted to the practice of journalism in the Northwest. He worked for 25 years at the Daily Journal of Commerce, serving for many years until his retirement as its managing editor.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication or Communication: Journalism
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Must have future career goals in advertising and/or journalism

Journalism Foreign Intrigue Endowed Scholarship
The Journalism Foreign Intrigue Scholarship was established by a UW Journalism alum, and provides financial support for a Communication major focusing in journalism to work as an intern reporter at a foreign newspaper and to travel after the internship. The donor’s goal is to give journalism students exposure to another culture and a more thorough understanding of journalism and culture.Students may travel to any country outside of North America.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication: Journalism
  • High academic merit
  • Must have future career goals in editorial journalism and/or international communication/journalism

Marty Wilson Endowed Scholarship
The Marty Wilson Scholarship was established in 1996 with memorial gifts received from Marty Wilson’s family, friends, and admirers. Her professional career began in 1957 with the development of a program about education from the point of view of a parent. She produced numerous programs for KOMO-TV and served as a visiting lecturer in the UW School of Communications. In 1984 she was named National Presswoman of the Year. Ms. Wilson exemplified what UW Department of Communication journalism students strive toward. The many achievements and awards throughout her creative and courageous career offer an example of what can be accomplished for a new generation of journalists.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication: Journalism
  • Junior or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Must have future career goals in broadcast journalism

Max and Monica Holsinger Scholarship
The Max & Monica Holsinger Scholarship was established in 2006. Max Holsinger, a 1938 graduate, was a lifelong supporter of the UW. After graduation, he sold advertising for Mining World in Eastern and Western Europe and Africa. He also had a long and successful career in the publishing industry. The Holsingers established a scholarship to support UW journalism students.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication: Journalism
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Must have future career goals in journalism and/or publishing

Northwest Asian Weekly Scholarship
The Northwest Asian Weekly Scholarship was established by Assunta Ng, the President and Publisher of Northwest Asian Weekly and the Seattle Chinese Post. Born in China, Ng moved to Hong Kong with her family when she was five years old. At 18, she decided she wanted to go to college in the United States. Although her parents were opposed to her plans, they agreed to support her financially for one year — after which she would be on her own. She spent her first year in America at Portland’s Maryhurst College, and then transferred to the University of Washington. She earned her teaching certificate in 1976 and taught for some years. She came back to the UW for a master’s degree in Speech Communication, which she received in 1979. Her 1982 and 1983 founding of the Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly, respectively, was intended to connect an Asian community that was greatly ignored by other newspapers in Seattle. Ng has been honored many times for her work in the Asian community and beyond, including her 2004 induction to the UW Department of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication: Journalism
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Must have future career goals in editorial journalism and/or Asian media

Northwest Automotive Press Association Scholarship
The Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) is a group of writers mostly composed of journalists who live and work in the Northwest, although there are some out of state members and many members have national venues. The NWAPA annually sponsors and organizes a contest to choose the Family Sport Utility Vehicle of the year. The winning vehicle is one that best reflects all the necessary components that makes it especially compatible with our climate and topography. Proceeds from this contest fund the NWAPA Scholarship, which began in 2003.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication or Communication: Journalism
  • Junior or Senior class standing
  • Communication GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Must have future career goals in print or broadcast journalism
  • Must be a resident of Washington, Oregon, or Idaho
  • Should have an interest in automotive, consumer products, and/or mechanical or technical products as a part of journalistic plans or goals
  • Should have a piece of published writing in journal, newspaper, magazine, or some experience in broadcast of any kind

Seattle Times/Blethen Family Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to ethnic minority Communication majors with an interest in print journalism or print advertising, the Seattle Times/Blethen Scholarship was established in 1990 with a goal to improve the educational opportunities of minority students, to introduce new ideas and customs into university study programs, and to spread ideas, understanding, and information to the general public by increasing the number of minority men and women in print journalism.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication: Journalism
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing
  • High academic merit
  • Great financial need
  • Must have future career goals in print journalism and/or print advertising

 

Read about previous award recipients:

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2013
2012
2011
2010
2009

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