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 2014 Department of Communication Scholarship application period has ended. Please check back spring quarter 2015 for the 2015 Department of Communication Scholarship application. Thank you.

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

Read about previous award recipients:

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2013
2012
2011
2010
2009

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