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: Feb. 9
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: Feb. 15
Amount: $500
Criteria for Eligibility:

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

To Apply:

To apply, submit a resume, a letter of recommendation from a leader or member of the organization served, and a one-page history outlining your commitment and involvement in the organization/project/need.  Turn in these 3 items to the main Communication office, BRNG 2114.  Contact: Undergraduate Director Professor Josh Boyd


Lamb School of Communication Outstanding Senior Award

Deadline: Feb.9
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: Feb. 15
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:

Applications are available online. Applicants must also submit a one-page essay on why they chose to major in communication, and a transcript printout (it doesn't have to be an official copy). The application (filled in and printed out), along with the one-page essay and transcript copy, should be turned in to the main office, BRNG 2114, by 5 p.m. on the due date.

Contact: Undergraduate Director Professor Josh Boyd

 


Lamb Scholars

This scholarship honors the legacy of Brian Lamb.

Deadline: Feb. 15
Amount: 5 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 2018, 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:

To apply, print out and submit an application form and a one-page typed response to the following two questions: 1. Why are you pursuing a major in the Brian Lamb School of Communication? 2. How have you been an engaged member of your community? Each paragraph should be no more than 150 words.

Applications (consisting of two pages—the application form and the page with answers to the two scholarship questions) are due to the Lamb School main office (BRNG 2114) no later than 5 p.m. on the due date. For questions, students should contact Josh Boyd at boyd@purdue.edu.


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 scholarship provides $1000 each for students participating in a summer study abroad experience OR $2000 each for students participating in a full-semester study abroad experience. The study abroad scholarships are in addition to whatever Purdue study abroad scholarships students qualify for.

Deadline: Feb. 15
Amount: $1000-$2000
Criteria for Eligibility:

For the study abroad scholarships, applicants must have been admitted to the communication major (or be a pre-communication major with 2 A's or an A and a B in pre-comm classes), must have applied for study abroad (or a domestic equivalent), 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 an off-campus study program.  

To Apply:

Twin Lakes students will be contacted about their eligibility.  For the study abroad scholarship: Applicants need to fill out the application form, attach a copy of a Purdue transcript (unofficial is acceptable), and write a one-page essay naming the specific study abroad program they intend to do, explaining their interest in that specific study program, and explaining how this scholarship will make it easier for them to do the study abroad program. Completed applications (form + transcript + 1-page essay) must be turned in by 5 p.m. on the due date at the main COM office, BRNG 2114, to Josh Boyd.


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

Deadline: February 15
Amount: 2 scholarships of $1200 each
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:

Applicants need to fill out the application form, attach a copy of a Purdue transcript (a printout is fine--it doesn't have to be an official copy), and write a one-page essay describing their campus leadership experience. Completed applications (form + transcript + 1-page essay) must be turned in at the main COM office, BRNG 2114, by 5 p.m. on the due date to Josh Boyd (boyd@purdue.edu).


William Wigglesworth Communication Scholarships

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: Feb. 15
Amount: $1900
Criteria for Eligibility:

This scholarship provides money for a student majoring in general communication, corporate communication, or human relations. 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 majors.

To Apply:

Applicants need to fill out the application form and attach a copy (unofficial is acceptable) of a Purdue transcript. Part of the application involves writing a paragraph that answers the question, “What is the most important thing you’ve learned in the Brian Lamb School of Communication, and why is it so important?” Completed applications (form + transcript) must be turned in at the main COM office, BRNG 2114, to Josh Boyd (boyd@purdue.edu), no later than 5 p.m. on the due date.


The Cassandra L. Book, Ph.D. Endowment in support of doctoral students in Communication

The Cassandra L. Book, Ph.D. Endowment was established in 2011 to assist doctoral students in the Brian Lamb School of Communication.

Deadline: Variable
Amount: Variable
Criteria for Eligibility:

To be eligible for support, a student must be a Ph.D. student in either Interpersonal Communication or Organizational Communication and have spent at least one year in the Ph.D. Program. The income may be used for travel, conferences, research, data collection and other research experiences.

To Apply:

Contact the Head of Communication, Marifran Mattson


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.

CONGRATULATIONS, 2017 RECIPIENTS! Get out there and show the world how Liberal Arts works.

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. 

Job-Ready funds for Summer 2017 have all been awarded, and applications are now closed. Congratulations to the students selected to receive this support!

 

 

 

To Apply:

Job-Ready applications are being accepted February through May 1 for 2017. 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 Jennifer Perkins, Internship Manager, Liberal Arts Career Center 1289 Beering Hall. 


Dr. Albert J. Weitz Scholarship

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

Deadline: Feb. 15
Amount: 2 scholarships of $1600 each
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.

To Apply:

Submit one sheet of paper that contains the following:

--Your name

--Your PUID 

--Your overall GPA

--A list of the honors classes you have completed, with grades (you must have completed at least 3 honors classes to be eligible for this award)

--A paragraph of no more than 200 words that answers the question:  "How should an honors class differ from a standard class?"

NOTE:  If you do not have demonstrated financial need (according to FAFSA), then you are not eligible for this award.

Turn in this page to the Lamb School main office (BRNG 2114) no later than 5 p.m. on the due date.

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 the DC Maymester program OR in a DC-based internship program.

Deadline: March 20
Amount: 3 scholarships of $1000 each
Criteria for Eligibility:

Applicants must be admitted communication majors or pre-communication majors with nothing less than a B- in pre-communication classes. Preference is given to students participating in the DC Maymester program OR in a DC-based internship program.

To Apply:

Applicants should turn in a typed sheet of paper with the following information:

*name

*PUID

*major

*GPA

*in no more than 150 words, a response to these questions:  What is your planned experience in Washington, DC?  How does its location in DC make it different than if it were located elsewhere?

Turn in this paper to the main COM office (BRNG 2114) no later than 5 p.m. on the due date.

Please contact Dr. Josh Boyd


Lamb School Three-Year Major 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 freshmen year are still permitted to apply again for the summer after their sophomore year.

Deadline: Feb. 15
Amount: $2000
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

To Apply:

An application should include 3 pieces:

*A document containing the name of this scholarship along with the student's name, email address, and PUID

*A copy of the signed 3-year intent form from advising

*A copy of the student's transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable)

Submit these documents on paper to the communication office (BRNG 2114) or electronically to Professor Josh Boyd (boyd@purdue.edu).

 


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: $1,000. 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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