Scholarships and Awards

The School of Communication and Information (SC&I) is proud to be able to recognize high achieving undergraduate and graduate students each year by awarding scholarships and awards.  Each undergraduate and graduate program at SC&I offers its own scholarships and awards.

Information about the department scholarships and scholarship eligibility criteria are listed below.  All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by completing a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).  Additional information about the FAFSA application and other financial aid information is available on the Rutgers University Financial Aid webpage at Rutgers University Financial Aid webpage.

Instructions

The SC&I scholarship application is undergoing maintenance updates. The scholarship application will be available on Monday, February 10, 2020.

  1. All applicants must set up an account in the scholarship application portal in order to access the application. Register here for a new WordPress account. If you have already established a WordPress account or if you are returning to finish an incomplete application, log-in with your original credentials. Once logged in, the link for the Scholarship page will appear.
  2. Undergraduate Communication majors and undergraduate Journalism and Media Studies majors should complete the scholarship application associated with that award. COM and JMS students may apply for more than one award within their COM or JMS program. If you are an ITI, MI, or MCM student, you will only need to submit one scholarship application along with the supporting application materials (resume, unofficial transcripts, and essay). The faculty scholarship committee will review your application and consider you for the most suitable award offered by that department. For MI students, you can indicate which specific award(s) you wish to be considered for by selecting the appropriate check box – you only need to submit one set of application materials however./li>
  3. The scholarship application requires the following supporting documents to be uploaded with each individual application that you are applying to:
    • An unofficial copy of your Rutgers University transcript (incoming graduate students should upload most recent copy of undergraduate or graduate transcripts)

    • A personal statement expressing why you are deserving of the scholarship and/or how you have a demonstrated financial need (you may re-use the same personal statement, unless the scholarship description states a specific topic for the personal statement)

    • Current resume or CV.

If you have any questions, you may contact the SC&I scholarship administrator at scholarship@comminfo.rutgers.edu

Scholarship Timeline for Academic Year 2020-2021
February 10, 2020 Scholarship application opens for all continuing students and for incoming Master’s students.
March 9, 2020 Scholarship application deadline for continuing students. Priority submission deadline for incoming Master’s students.
Week of May 11, 2020 Scholarship decisions announced to continuing students.

SC&I Scholarships and Awards

Communication

SC&I Scholarship for Communication Majors – For full-time Communication majors who are rising juniors or seniors and who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and financial need. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts and essay are required.

Hugh Taliaferro Memorial Scholarship – For full-time Communication majors who are rising juniors or seniors, and who demonstrate unusual aptitude in Communication or render exceptional service to the Department or University community.  Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts and essay are required.

Todd Hunt Public Service Endowed Prize for Communication – For full-time Communication majors who are rising seniors, have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and exemplary involvement and service to more than one group or society.  Students who will be seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts and essay are required.

Julian Breen Memorial Endowed Scholarship – For full-time Communication majors who are rising juniors or seniors, have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and significant service to the department, the University, and/or the community. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts and essay are required.

SC&I Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship for Communication Majors – For full-time Communication majors who are rising juniors or seniors who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and financial need. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts and essay are required.

Todd Hunt Endowed Scholarship for PRSSA – For an outstanding undergraduate Communication major who is also an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Recipient must show outstanding achievement and financial need. Unofficial transcripts and essay are required.

Information Technology and Informatics

SC&I Scholarship for ITI Majors – For full-time Information Technology and Informatics majors who are rising juniors or seniors and who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and financial need. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible.  Unofficial transcripts and essay are required.

SC&I Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship for ITI Majors – For full-time Information Technology and Informatics majors who are rising juniors or seniors who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and financial need. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts and essay are required.

Journalism and Media Studies

Please be advised that each year the amount of the award varies.

Journalism & Media Studies Department Scholarship (Approximately $1000) - For Journalism and Media Studies major based on academic merit and financial need. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

SC&I Scholarship for JMS Majors ($1250) – For full-time Journalism and Media Studies majors who are rising juniors or seniors and who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and financial need. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Flip Wilson Memorial Scholarship (Full tuition) – For a full-time journalism student entering the junior or senior year based on academic merit and financial need. Flip Wilson Memorial Scholarship applicants must complete one additional 500-word essay on some aspect of Flip Wilson’s work and impact on television or comedy. Preference will be given to students of African-American descent. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Dick Lloyd Internship Scholarship (Approximately $1000) – For a full-time undergraduate student that will be interning, with preference awarded to applicants completing an internship in sports broadcasting Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Van Wie Ingham Memorial Prize in Journalism ($250) – For outstanding knowledge of journalism. Applicants with overall GPA and department GPA of at least 3.0 will be considered. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required

Richard D. Lane Memorial Award in Journalism (Approximately $1000) – For a full-time journalism student based on academic merit. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

SEBS - Edgar B. Bacon Scholarship ($2000 -$4000) – For achievement in journalism by a continuing undergraduate major enrolled in SEBS school. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Preference for Hudson County resident. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

John H. Cook Scholarship ($9000 - $11000) – For a journalism student with an interest in newspaper writing and reporting. Students who will be seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Must demonstrate financial need. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Kenneth Q. & Viola W. Jennings Memorial Scholarship ($4000 - $5000) – For journalism student who demonstrate promise toward a career in print journalism. Must demonstrate financial need. Students who will be or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Arthur Weissman Memorial Scholarship ($4000 - $5000) – For full-time journalism student, based on academic merit, media-related achievement through academic work, extra-curricular activities, and employment; must submit sample of media or portfolio. Students who will be seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Edward J. Mack Memorial Scholarship Fund ($11000 - $12500) – For a full-time undergraduate student based on academic merit and financial need. Preference is given to students from Hunterdon County with an interest in print journalism. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Journalism & Media Studies Endowed Fund ($3000 - $4000) – For journalism and media studies majors who will be seniors beginning Fall 2020. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

SC&I Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship for JMS Majors ($500) – For outstanding academic achievement in the program. Applicants with minimum overall GPA and department of 3.0 will be considered. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Must demonstrate financial need. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Barry S. Kramer Endowed Scholarship in Journalism ($6000 - $8000) – For a journalism major based on academic merit; preference for candidate with science journalism interest or background. Must demonstrate financial need. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Elizabeth Molnar Memorial Scholarship ($1000 - $2000) – For journalism major based on academic merit and financial need. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Laurie Ackerman Memorial Fund ($1200 - $1500) – For an undergraduate student who intends to pursue a career in journalism or mass communications; student is selected based on proven work, interests in journalism/mass media, and ability to carry out the program’s aims. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Ladley K. Pearson Memorial Prize ($600 - $800) – For a student who has demonstrated outstanding work in print or media-related reporting; with preference for candidate with urban/city affairs interest or background. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Todd Hunt Public Service Endowed Prize for Journalism and Media Studies ($1500 - $1800) – For full-time Journalism and Media Studies majors who are rising seniors, have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and exemplary involvement and service to more than one group or society. Students who will be seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Sean Carr Memorial Scholarship ($2000) – For full-time Journalism and Media Studies major who exemplifies a commitment to reporting, researching and writing on the topics of public policy, politics, public advocacy and/or government administration and development, and is committed to understanding the intersection between journalism, politics and public advocacy. Must demonstrate financial need. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Tom and Marti Mattia Endowed Scholarship in Journalism and Mass Communications – For a first-generation Journalism and Media Studies major who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and financial need. Students who will be juniors or seniors beginning Fall 2020 are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Manuel Pinho & Mario Teques Endowed ScholarshipUnofficial transcripts, essay, and writing sample are required.

Master of Communication and Media

SC&I Scholarship for MCM Students – For an outstanding master’s student continuing in the program. Must demonstrate financial need. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

SC&I Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship for MCM Students – For an outstanding master’s student continuing in the program. Must demonstrate financial need. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

Master of Information

Carol A. & Norman Barham Foundation Scholarship – For a new or continuing graduate student in the Master of Information program. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

Francis R. & Janice L. Pattberg Scholarship – For a new or continuing graduate student in the Master of Information program. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

Beverly E. Schoen Research Fellowship – For a continuing graduate student in the Master of Information program. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

Masters of Library Studies Service Scholarship – For a continuing Master of Information student that has demonstrated outstanding service to the department and school. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

SC&I Scholarship for MI Students – For a new or continuing graduate student in the Master of Information program. Must demonstrate financial need. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

SC&I - LIS Endowment Fund AwardUnofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

Estate of Elizabeth D. Meier Scholarship – For full-time or part-time students in the Master of Information program. Must demonstrate financial need.  New or continuing graduate students are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

Helen G. Michaels Merit Scholarship – For an academically talented student studying library and information science at SC&I. Preference is given to students seeking school library media certification. Must demonstrate financial need. New or continuing graduate students are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

Jane Torrence Minckler Memorial Fellowship – For students in the master’s in library and information science program, on the basis of academic excellence and financial need.    New or continuing graduate student. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

Margaret Anderson Lefferts Hildgendorff Award – For a new or continuing graduate student, based on academic achievement, financial need, and good character.  Preference is given to Douglass College graduates or women pursuing library and information science. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

H. Gilbert Kelley Scholarship – For a Master of Information student that has demonstrated academic excellence.    New or continuing graduate students are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

Turock Family Endowed Fellowship – To provide additional financial assistance to ALA Spectrum Scholars choosing Rutgers University’s Department of Library and Information Science for their education. Must demonstrate financial need.  New or continuing graduate students are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

SC&I Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship for MI Students – For outstanding academic achievement in the program. Must demonstrate financial need.  New or continuing graduate students are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

MI Student Support Fund – To master’s degree students in library and information science who has demonstrated academic excellence.  New or continuing graduate students are eligible. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

Ellen Boates Clark Endowed Fellowship – For Master of Information graduate student based on academic merit and financial need. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

Collier-Kuhlthau Endowed Fund – Scholarships are to be awarded to an LIS graduate Student specializing in school librarianship. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

Collier-Kuhlthau Endowed Fellowship (formerly F.R. Collier CISSL Endowed Fund) – Scholarships are to be awarded to an LIS graduate Student specializing in school librarianship. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.

James Doig Anderson Scholarshp/LIS Endowment Fund – The award will be given to an MI student who has a strong academic record and who also has a record of empowering the LBGTQA+ community and/or working to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Essay must describe how you have worked to empower the LBGTQA+ community, especially in library or educational settings, or have promoted LGBTQA+ rights by working to prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Unofficial transcripts, essay, and resume are required.