Scholarships

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

Department of Communication students will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year during Spring Quarter. The application will be posted online and made available through the Advising Office in April 2018.

Applications are now open until 11 pm on Sunday, April 15.

Class standing varies for each award; however, seniors graduating in the spring are ineligible to receive scholarships.

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

David Horsey Endowed Scholarship in Communication
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students in the UW Department of Communication. Awards may be based on academic merit or financial need, or a combination thereof. This scholarship is being created to help students and to recognize the Horsey family’s many ties to the University of Washington. David Horsey graduated from the University of Washington in 1975 with a degree in communication and many memorable experiences in journalism as editorial cartoonist for – and later editor of – The Daily. He has been the nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist and columnist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer since 1979, and he has received many awards for his work, including two Pulitzer Prizes. He has been a volunteer member of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board since 2000. Nole Ann Ulery-Horsey also graduated from the University of Washington in 1975, with a degree in occupational therapy. She is currently a continuing education specialist for the School of Nursing. Their daughter Darielle is a 2006 graduate of the University. Their son Daniel spent his freshman year at the University of Washington, and then chose an alternative path for his higher education.

To be eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication or Communication: Journalism
  • Freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior class standing
  • High academic merit

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 by Harold and Joyce Carr to support upper level undergraduate students in the Department of Communication who study in the fields of journalism, public relations, global communication, and political communication.  Harold Carr retired from The Boeing Company after a nearly 35-year career, where he spent the last 11 years as corporate VP of public relations and advertising.  He served on the boards of many civic organizations during his career, was a member of the national PR Seminar, and has been a trustee of Seattle’s Museum of Flight for 27 years.  He is a journalism graduate from the University of Washington, and a member of its alumni Hall of Fame.

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

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

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

The Pam Edstrom, WE Communications Student Support Fund
Awarded to an undergraduate communication major, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, Inc. established this fund to honor Pam Edstrom, a public relations industry pioneer. This fund celebrates and cements Edstrom’s legacy in our community, and will carry on her work and aid those with the passion to grow and find their own place.

To be eligible, students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Current UW student majoring in Communication
  • High academic standing

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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2016
2015
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2013
2012
2011
2010
2009

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