College of Media at Illinois

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The College of Media is pleased to offer a number of scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in the College. The scholarships will be applied toward tuition and fees during the upcoming school year, with the funds made available through the generous support of alumni and friends of the College. A College-wide committee reviews student records, and all submitted applications and often considers faculty recommendations when determining scholarship recipients.

The 2015-2016 scholarship application period for continuing College of Media students has ended. Notifications will be sent to all students who applied by mid-July. The scholarship application for the 2016-2017 academic year will become available on April 1, 2016. At that time, all continuing College of Media undergraduates, including students who will be transferring into Media from both on and off-campus for the Fall 2016 term, will be invited to apply. Applications must be completed online and will be due on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 3pm.

Please note, incoming freshmen should not complete the online application. The admission application to the University of Illinois is used for these students in determining scholarship awards from the College of Media. Please see the FAQ section below for more information.

The College committee will determine scholarship recipients according to the following criteria:

  • ELIGIBILITY: Students must currently be a major in the College of Media and must continue as students during the upcoming academic year. Incoming freshmen should not apply as they will be automatically considered. In addition, students must meet the criteria specified by the individual scholarship. For example, some scholarships are earmarked for a specific major in accordance with the wishes of those who donated money for those scholarships. Continuing students MUST complete a Scholarship Application in order to be considered for an award. There are no exceptions.
  • PERFORMANCE: Students should show a record of excellence and commitment in connection with their chosen major. The committee looks closely at grades in classes within the major. College of Media professors may also be asked by the committee for input on students’ performance within their courses. It also looks at related activities—internships, work with campus media, involvement in media-related organizations or clubs, etc.

Scholarships are awarded on merit and are not intended to be a substitute for financial aid.

A full list of available scholarships is below. This list is subject to change without prior notice. Students who complete the scholarship application will be considered for all applicable scholarships; it is not necessary to specify interest in a particular one. Awardees will be recognized at the College Honors Reception in the spring.

College of Media scholarship list


Frequently asked questions and answers for ...

CONTINUING STUDENTS (Including students who have just transferred into Media either from another College on the Illinois campus or off-campus transfers)

Additional Scholarship Resources

For a list of all university-wide scholarships, please see the Office of Financial Aid website. Be sure to complete the Undergraduate Scholarship Supplement Form.

Studying Abroad? The Campus offers several scholarships for students planning to Study Abroad. Scholarships consider a variety of factors such as: financial need, academics, and geographic location of study. You may view them through the Study Abroad Office's website

Information on applying for prestigious fellowships such as the Fulbright, Rhodes, or Luce Scholarships for national and/or international study are also available through the National & International Scholarships Program.

Although not run through the College of Media, you may wish to consider an online scholarship search through such sites as or You will need to complete paperwork on these sites. Be sure to include as much information as possible. While searching for scholarships online, please be advised that you should not give out personal information such as a bank account or Social Security number. Also beware of requests for an application or processing fee; this can often indicate a scam.

In addition, students may wish to seek out other media organizations that offer scholarships. Please note, applications and awards are determined by these other entities and the process is not tied, in any way, to the College of Media. Questions should be directed to the organizations offering the scholarships. Below are a few examples. This is a non-exhaustive list and students should be able to find other opportunities to apply for funds. As always, use caution when applying for scholarships not run through the University.

Advertising Scholarships

The LAGRANT Foundation Scholarships

Helen Lansdowne Resor Scholarship


Journalism Scholarships

National Association of Black Journalists – Chicago Chapter Scholarships

Asian American Journalists Association Scholarships, Internship Grants

Chips Quinn Scholarships

Ruggles National Right to Work Journalism Scholarship 

Inter-American Press Association Excellence in Journalism Award

National Association of Black Journalists Scholarships 

The Jack Shelley Broadcast Scholarship

American Copy Editors Society Scholarships

Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship

Radio Television Digital News Association Scholarships

Broadcast Education Association Scholarships 

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS)


PR Scholarships

The LAGRANT Foundation Scholarships

Public Relations Student Society of America Scholarships


Media Scholarships

University of Illinois Avery Brundage Scholarship

NCTA & AWM Foundation Scholarship

Association for Women in Sports Media Internship/ Scholarship Program

Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington Program 

Association for Women in Communications, Springfield Chapter, Communications Scholarship Fund 

The Ultimate Scholarship Guide 

Korva Coleman Excellence Awards

College Photographer of the Year

National Press Photographers Foundation Scholarships 

JVS Scholarship

College Columnists Scholarship Contest 

Bodie McDowell Scholarship

Washington Media Scholars Foundation Scholarships


For more information on College of Media scholarships, please contact Megan Tucker-Zwilling at 217-244-4329 or