Communication Scholarships

The following scholarships and awards are available if you are majoring in the Brian Lamb School of Communication.  Please note that you are also eligible for any college-wide or university-level scholarships. (Note that a few awards, such as "Outstanding Senior," may be selected by faculty nomination, invitation to apply, or another process different from scholarships.)

Lamb School of Communication: Bruce Kendall Award for Excellence

Deadline: Jan. 31
Amount: $100
Criteria for Eligibility:

Awarded to the undergraduate student who has made the most significant contribution to communication among his or her fellow students, faculty, and administration at Purdue.  This student is chosen from the students invited to apply for Outstanding Senior.

To Apply:

Contact: Undergraduate Director Professor Josh Boyd


Lamb School of Communication Communication Service Award

This award recognizes students who have provided sustained service in response to pressing needs at Purdue, in their local community, or in the larger world as opposed to simply performing a laundry list of short-term service activities: in other words, it acknowledges a student's depth and continuity of service in one particular area.

Deadline: March 1
Amount: $500
Criteria for Eligibility:

Student must be a pre-Communication or admitted undergraduate Communication major.

To Apply:

Apply through Scholarship Universe, purdue.scholarshipuniverse.com.

For questions, contact the Lamb School Undergraduate Director: Professor Josh Boyd.

 


Lamb School of Communication Outstanding Senior Award

Deadline: Jan. 31
Amount: $200
Criteria for Eligibility:

Several senior communication majors are identified each year as “distinguished;” one student is selected as outstanding senior. Students must be invited to apply for this award.

To Apply:

Contact: Undergraduate Director Professor Josh Boyd


Lamb School of Communication Distinguished New Communication Major Scholarship

Deadline: March 1
Amount: $500
Criteria for Eligibility:

This $500 scholarship is awarded annually in the spring to a new Communication major. The student must have received an A or an A- in all of his or her pre-communication courses with no retakes. Eligible students must have completed their pre-communication courses by December of the previous calendar year. This award is only available to new Communication majors. 

To Apply:

 

Eligible students will be contacted directly.

For questions, contact the Lamb School Undergraduate Director: Professor Josh Boyd.


Lamb Scholars

This scholarship honors the legacy of Brian Lamb.

Deadline: March 1
Amount: 3 scholarships of $2,000 each
Criteria for Eligibility:

To qualify for this scholarship, a student must be: Officially an in-state student, an undergraduate with a graduation date no earlier than May 2022, admitted to the Brian Lamb School of Communication or a pre-communication student who has earned an A or A- in at least one pre-communication class (and nothing less than a B in any other pre-communication classes) The school's undergraduate committee will select a winner based on academic performance and committment to studying communication.

To Apply:

Apply through Scholarship Universe, purdue.scholarshipuniverse.com.

For questions, contact the Lamb School Undergraduate Director: Professor Josh Boyd.


Laura G. McDowell and George P. McDowell and Charles Ray Gilliam Memorial Scholarship

The Laura G. McDowell and George P. McDowell and Charles Ray Gilliam Memorial Scholarship provides annual scholarships for students who have graduated from Twin Lakes High School who plan to major in Communication at Purdue University. Additionally, this year the scholarship will provide $2000 each for first-generation college students from Indiana. Students need not have attended Twin Lakes in order to apply for the first generation scholarships.

Deadline: March 1
Amount: $2000 (multiple awards)
Criteria for Eligibility:

For the first-generation scholarships, students must be communication or pre-communication majors and Indiana residents who are first-generation college students.

To Apply:

Apply through Scholarship Universe, purdue.scholarshipuniverse.com.

For questions, contact the Lamb School Undergraduate Director: Professor Josh Boyd.


Gary and Carolyn Roberts '65, '67 Planck Study Abroad Scholarship in Communication

Deadline: March 1
Amount: $1500
Criteria for Eligibility:

This scholarship provides scholarships for students participating in a May, summer, or fall study abroad program (it must be study abroad; domestic equivalents are not acceptable). Requirements: applicant must have been admitted to the communication major (or be a pre-communication major with 2 As or an A and a B in pre-comm classes), must have applied for study abroad, must be an Indiana resident, must have significant campus leadership experience, and must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The scholarship will only be released upon confirmation that the student has actually been accepted into and will definitely participate in study abroad.  It is in addition to whatever Purdue study abroad scholarship the students qualify for.

To Apply:

Apply through Scholarship Universe, purdue.scholarshipuniverse.com.

For questions, contact the Lamb School Undergraduate Director: Professor Josh Boyd.


William Wigglesworth Communication Scholarship

This endowment was established in December 2007 by William T. Wigglesworth (MA 1979, Organizational Communication). Bill Wigglesworth is retired from the Exxon Mobil Corporation and ended his career as the International Human Resources Manager. 

Deadline: March 1
Amount: $1600
Criteria for Eligibility:

This scholarship provides money for a student majoring in communication with a concentration in interpersonal communication, business communication, or health communication. To apply, students must have a 3.0 overall GPA and must have completed the pre-communication requirements and been admitted to one of the three eligible concentrations.

To Apply:

Apply through Scholarship Universe, purdue.scholarshipuniverse.com.

For questions, contact the Lamb School Undergraduate Director: Professor Josh Boyd.


Job-Ready Internship Award

Job-Ready will bring students’ critical skills to organizations addressing important issues while providing students with hands-on work experience. Students whose internships are unpaid or low-paid may apply for financial support enabling them to cover basic costs incurred while interning. Job-Ready objectives will be: (1) To provide employers with access to CLA students’ unique skills; (2) To encourage CLA students to pursue summer internships and to make unpaid and low-paid internships a viable option for more students; and (3) To enrich CLA students’ understanding of relevant issues and opportunities to be a force for good in their lives after graduation.

Click here for spotlights of past recipients.

Deadline: Rolling Selections up to May 1
Amount: up to $2,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

An award for undergraduate students with a Liberal Arts major at Purdue University West Lafayette who have secured a career-launching unpaid or low-paid summer or semester internship and who will return to classes after their internship experience. On-campus internships are not eligible.  Eligible internship sites include not-for-profit organizations, government, social enterprises, and for-profit firms. Job-Ready Awards do not support study abroad, field schools, or other internships that charge students to participate.

To Apply:

Job-Ready applications are being accepted through May 1 for 2021. Awards will be made bi-weekly on a rolling basis. Upload your job offer letter and apply here

For more information on this award, contact CLAscholarships@purdue.edu 
For more information about internships, contact the Liberal Arts Career Center in 1289 Beering Hall. 


Dr. Albert J. Weitz Scholarship

This scholarship assists students in the Lamb School pursuing honors degrees.

Deadline: March 1
Amount: $1000
Criteria for Eligibility:

Scholarship for undergrad students with demonstrated financial need (according to FAFSA) who are pursuing academic majors in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and taking honors classes.  Either pre-communication majors OR admitted majors are eligible, as long as they have completed 3 or more honors classes.

To Apply:

Apply through Scholarship Universe, purdue.scholarshipuniverse.com.

For questions, contact the Lamb School Undergraduate Director: Professor Josh Boyd.


The Charles G. and Susan Y. Armstrong Scholarship

This scholarship supports students participating in a DC study or internship program.

Deadline: April 1
Amount: $1000
Criteria for Eligibility:

Applicants must be admitted communication majors or pre-communication majors with nothing less than a B- in pre-communication classes. Students must participate in a DC study or internship program to be eligible.

To Apply:

Apply through Scholarship Universe, purdue.scholarshipuniverse.com.

For questions, contact the Lamb School Undergraduate Director: Professor Josh Boyd.

 


Lamb School Degree in Three Summer Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and support communication students who wish to graduate in three years.  The 3-year plans require summer enrollment, and this scholarship helps defray some of the costs of summer studies.  A limited number of $2,000 scholarships is available each year, and students who receive a scholarship after their freshman years are still permitted to apply again for the summer after their sophomore year.

Deadline: March 1
Amount: $2000 (multiple awards are available!)
Criteria for Eligibility:

Eligible students must:

*be coded as majors in the Brian Lamb School of Communication (including pre-communication)

*have completed a form with their advisor declaring an intent to graduate in 3 years

*maintain a GPA of at least 2.8

*schedule at least 6 hours of summer coursework for the summer covered by the scholarship (study abroad programs of at least 6 hours ARE eligible)

To Apply:

Apply through Scholarship Universe, purdue.scholarshipuniverse.com.

For questions, contact the Lamb School Undergraduate Director: Professor Josh Boyd.


College of Liberal Arts Serendipity Communication Scholarship

This scholarship supports the College of Liberal Arts’ commitment to enhancing a welcoming and inclusive learning environment and the belief that diversity of identity and experiential background is essential to educating students to serve the global, pluralistic societies of the 21st century. The scholarship is made possible by an anonymous donor, inspired by the communal generosity and individual support received by the donor and spouse.

Deadline:
Amount: $1000. Renewable.
Criteria for Eligibility:

Academically well-prepared undergraduate student enrolled in the Brian Lamb School of Communication in the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts. Preference will be given to students who enhance sexual and/or gender orientation, race, or ethnic representation among the undergraduate students in the College and/or to students participating in the University’s WBAA internship program.

To Apply:

This scholarship is administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Brian Lamb School of Communication.

Please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu with questions


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