Departmental Scholarships

Steps for Applying to Available Departmental Scholarships: 


  1. To apply to the Communication scholarship opportunities go to the A&S Scholarship application web page:
  2. Click on “apply now” to start the application process, where you need to complete the prompted information fields (this “apply now” link will take you to this form):
  3. In the first text box ("statement of purpose") on the form:
    • List the name of the scholarship you are most interested in obtaining, by name ("ALUMNI," "JONES," "NEWMAN," "PEDERSON")

  4. Start with the Communication scholarship web page to review scholarship opportunities and eligibility:
    • Write an essay of up to 250 words that matches the scholarship selection criteria.
  5. In the second text box ("statement of community involvement"), provide additional information about your extra-curricular or community activities in 250 words or less.
  6. After completing the form and the text boxes, hit "submit form."

Available Departmental Scholarships

Communication Alumni Scholarship Fund 

  • Description:  This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate Communication major who maintains a 3.0 GPA, is involved in extracurricular activities on campus, and is working to support their education.
  • Amount:  Varies by year.  Minimum of $500
  • Eligibility: 
    • Must be an undergraduate Communication major
    • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Must be active in extracurricular activities on campus
    • Must be working to support their education
  • Submission Requirements:
    • Submit an essay of no more than 250 words that addresses the eligibility requirements listed above.  Highlight both academic achievement and activity outside the classroom.

Frank J. Jones Scholarship

  • Description:  The Frank J. Jones Scholarship is awarded each Spring by the Department of Communication to students majoring in Communication who are about to enter their senior year of coursework. The scholarship, which has been awarded since 1979, recognizes all-around academic excellence. 1996 Scholarship winner Steven Weintraub has donated an engraved plaque to commemorate winners of the past, present, and future.
  • Amount: Varies.  Minimum of $1,000
  • Eligibility:
    • Must have Junior standing (60 to 89 1/2 credits)
    • Must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA
    • Must have completed at least 18 credits in Communication
  • Submission Requirements:
    • Review of Degree Progress Audit by committee


The Lisa H. Newman Scholarship Fund

  • Description:  In 2012, Communication alumni Tom and Chris Carleton established the Lisa H. Newman Endowed Scholarship Fund as a way to give back to the university and honor a professor who touched their lives.
  • Amount:  Varies.  Current award is $2500.
  • Eligibility:
    • Must be a sophomore currently enrolled as a Communication Major in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
    • Must have an aggregate G.P.A of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
    • Must be actively involved in at least one on campus student organization
  • Submission Requirements:
    • Submit an essay of no more than 250 words describing why you value pursuing a Communication degree at The University of Cincinnati and how you intend to use your educational experience and extracurricular activities to further your career aspirations. The essay must also demonstrate your financial need and level of university or community involvement.

Lucille Pederson Scholarship

  • Description:  In 2006, Emeritus Professor Dr. Lucille Pederson established a scholarship for communication majors interested in interpersonal and family communication.
  • Amount:  Varies.  Minimum of $500
  • Eligibility:
    • Must be Communication major
    • Must have achieved the rank of junior and have at least one semester left before graduation
    • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 out of 4.0
  • Submission Requirements:
    • Submit an essay of no more than 250 words which describes how you currently use or hope to use lessons from interpersonal communication to make a difference; and explains why this scholarship would be meaningful to you in terms of financial need, scholastic motivation or other reasons.