Scholarships

Communication Arts Department and Alumni Summer Internship Awards

The Communication Arts Department and Alumni Summer Internship Awards provide scholarships to help Communication Arts majors participate in an internship with a business or non-profit organization. Applications are available, submitted, and reviewed in the spring.

Eligibility:

  • Communication Arts major
  • Junior or senior standing
  • Participating in a summer internship with a business or non-profit organization. The internship must last a minimum of six weeks and require at least 20 hours per week for a minimum total of 120 hours of work.
  • Award recipients must be enrolled in classes for the following fall semester.

How to Apply

Students complete an online application via My Scholarships. As part of the application, students will be asked to provide a personal statement and a breakdown of anticipated expenses. They will also be asked to upload proof of the internship offer, in the form of a letter from their supervisor, or specific details about pending internship applications (maximum of five) and a resume. In addition, applicants must identify a Communication Arts professor or instructor who will serve as a reference for them.

Preview of requested application materials:

1. Personal statement:

  • How will the internship help you attain your personal and professional goals?
  • How would receiving a scholarship enable you to participate in this internship opportunity?

2. Provide a breakdown of the anticipated expenses you will have during the summer of your internship. Please note this total can be less than the minimum award.

3. Proof of internship:

  • If you have already been accepted for an internship, please provide a letter from your supervisor, signed and on company letterhead, which confirms you have been offered an internship, describes the duties and responsibilities, identifies the time period and hours of the internship, and includes information about pay or stipend, if applicable. If you have a copy of the internship announcement with these details that you can upload, the letter from your supervisor only needs to confirm that you've been offered the internship position.
  • If your application is still pending, provide a copy of the completed application and/or a description of the duties and responsibilities, the time period and hours of the internship, and the amount of pay or stipend provided. You may submit information for a maximum of five pending internships.

4. Resume

Decision date: The finalists will be notified in late April. At that time, the finalists will need to provide proof that they have been accepted for a qualifying internship, if proof wasn't submitted with the application.

 

Christopher Neal Heinlein Memorial Scholarships

Christopher Neal Heinlein Memorial Scholarships are available to Communication Arts majors who will be continuing students in the fall. Students who come from urban areas of the eastern coast will be given preference. The scholarships are distributed in the fall and will affect students' existing financial aid packages.

Criteria

  • Demonstrated good nature, kindness, humor, hard work, arts interest, and personableness
  • Academic/artistic achievement
  • Financial need

How to Apply

Students complete an online application via My Scholarships. As part of the application, students submit a two page statement describing their interests and achievements in the arts as well as a brief description of their financial need. Applicants must also identify a Communication Arts professor, instructor or teaching assistant who will serve as a reference for them. Applications are available, submitted, and reviewed in the spring.

Award Information

Payment is posted to their student account at the beginning of the Fall semester. 

Charline M. Wackman Awards for Summer Session

The Charline M. Wackman Awards for Summer Session are available to Communication Arts majors who are enrolled in at least one, three credit Communication Arts course through the UW-Madison campus during the summer term. To be eligible to apply, students must be “bona fide residents of the State of Wisconsin,” continuing in the fall, have junior or senior standing, and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater. Students may apply for both a summer session award and a fall award.

How to Apply

Students complete an online application via My Scholarships. As part of the application, students are asked to list their summer Communication Arts courses and to describe how receiving the award will help them financially. Applications are available, submitted, and reviewed in the spring.

Award Information

Payment is posted to the student's account during the summer session.

Charline M. Wackman Awards (Fall Term)

Charline M. Wackman was a Wisconsin native who lived in Dane county and attended the University of Wisconsin. She studied in the Department of Speech, participated in theatrical productions, and was especially interested in the artistic aspects of theater and speech.

The Charline M. Wackman Awards are available to Communication Arts majors who will be continuing students in the fall. Only "bona fide residents of the State of Wisconsin" are eligible. These scholarships are distributed in the fall and will affect students' existing financial aid packages. Awards will be granted for scholarship, superior projects, and service to the department.

Application Categories

  • Scholarship: Juniors or seniors who need at least one semester of course work before graduation. The two criteria are financial need and a record of high academic achievement. Any Comm Arts major with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater may apply.
  • A proposal of a superior project: scholarly (senior thesis or other academic work), or artistic performance (film or video production or creative writing).
  • Service to the department and its mission in the performance of paid or volunteer duties, in initiating or sponsoring activities, in providing leadership, or in otherwise promoting the department's objectives and mission.

How to Apply

Students complete an online application via My Scholarships. As part of the application, students submit an essay associated with the award category for which they are applying (academic achievement, project, service to the department) and a brief description of their financial need. Applicants must also identify a Communication Arts professor, instructor or teaching assistant who will serve as a reference for them. Applications are available, submitted, and reviewed in the spring.

Award Information

Payment is posted to their student account at the beginning of the Fall semester.

Keith Harris Wyche Memorial Scholarships

Keith Harris Wyche was a 1989 graduate of the Communication Arts department.  This scholarship was set up in his honor by his parents, James H. and Karen F. Wyche, and his brothers, Gregory W. and Jonathan M. Wyche. 

The Keith Harris Wyche Scholarship is available to Communication Arts majors who will be continuing students in the fall. Students from underrepresented populations or who have financial need will be given preference. This scholarship is distributed in the fall and may affect students' existing financial aid packages.

Criteria:

  • Must have a 2.8 GPA in Comm Arts coursework

How to Apply

Students complete an online application via My Scholarships. As part of the application, students submit a two page statement describing why they chose to major in Communication Arts and how the award will impact them financially. Applicants must also identify a Communication Arts professor, instructor or teaching assistant who will serve as a reference for them. Applications are available, submitted, and reviewed in the spring.

Award Information

Payment is posted to their student account at the beginning of the Fall semester.