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Department of Communication Undergraduate Scholarships

Our application cycle has closed for the 2018-2019 academic year. Check back in October 2018 for the application for the 2019-2020 application. Please send questions to 

Below is a list of the Department of Communication scholarships for University of Utah Communication majors for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Students do not apply for specific awards. By submitting the application we will consider students for most awards (some awards require additional items to be considered). Award amounts vary. 

Robert K. Avery Scholarship and Public Media Internship
Friends, family, former students and colleagues of Emeritus Professor Robert K. Avery have established an endowment in his name to support deserving students with a Communication scholarship and a one-year public media internship with KUED/KUER. Candidates should be a junior or senior, with demonstrated experience, skills, or academic knowledge pertaining to the production of content for digital media. Experience in writing, non-linear editing systems, video cameras, computer graphics, data base management and advanced word processing are great assets, and will be weighted in our consideration. Familiarity with, and an interest in public service media is preferred. 

Edna Anderson-Taylor Endowed Scholarship

Established in 1999 by a gift from Jerold Taylor and Edna Anderson-Taylor. For students who exhibit high academic achievement and outstanding professional potential, and have demonstrated financial need. Priority given to nontraditional students whose education has required personal and family sacrifice and dedication. *Scholarship Type: Need Based

Louise Degn Scholarship 
Journalist, documentarian, teacher and archivist Louise Degn was a pioneer female broadcast journalist in Utah. At the time of her hiring by station KSL in 1969, she was the only female radio and TV news reporter in Salt Lake City. After 23 years working as a journalist, she taught journalism at the University of Utah for 20 years. She archived much of her work in Special Collections, Marriott Library and University of Utah. This scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in communication at the university and is not need-based.

Department of Communication First-Year Scholarship
For entering first-year students intending to declare the Communication major.

Department of Communication General Scholarship
Established by the Department of Communication to disburse funds awarded to the department by various professional organizations, including but not limited to: Women in Communication, The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Newspaper Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, and the American Forensic Association.

Deseret Book Scholarship
For strategic communication students who show the scholastic ability, professional performance, and desire to practice strategic communication upon graduation. With application, student must submit a portfolio showing evidence of excellent planning and execution of strategic communication plans. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Deseret Digital Media Scholarship
For students who evidence strong interest, ability, and application of digital media in communications. With application, students must submit a portfolio of digital media products that show evidence of quality use of digital media for communication purposes. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Deseret News Scholarship
For journalism students who show the desire, aptitude, and ability to practice journalism that follows professional standards and principles adhered to by the Deseret News. With application, students must submit a portfolio showing evidence of quality reporting and writing that demonstrate professionalism and ethical standards. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

DeAnn Evans Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Established in honor of DeAnn Evans, a Communication professor who was an outstanding teacher, well- recognized as a professional journalist, and was influential in advancing journalism education in the Intermountain West. For students in the journalism sequence.

B. Floyd Farr Prize in Broadcasting
Established in 1985 by James Farr in honor of his father, B. Floyd Farr. For students interested in broadcasting and who are deserving students who excel academically and need financial assistance. Preference given to juniors or seniors. Recipients may reapply annually. *Scholarship Type: Need Based

Royal L. Garff Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1993 by Maxine R. Garff in recognition of Royal L. Garff. For deserving students in need of financial assistance and who excel academically. Preference given to students in Communication Studies or Speech Communication. Preference given to descendants of Royal L. Garff if they meet the criteria herein and are otherwise equal to all other applicants. *Scholarship Type: Need Based

Jay W. and Sharlene B. Glasmann Family Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1989 by Jay W. Glasmann and Jill G. Taylor as trustees of the Glasmann Foundation. Preference given to students in the journalism sequence.

Halbert S. and Afton C. Greaves Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1992 by Afton C. Greaves. For deserving students in need of financial assistance and who excel academically. Preference given to students in Communication Studies or Speech Communication. *Scholarship Type: Need Based

Elizabeth M. Haglund Award
Established in 2007 by gifts from Mark L. Woodland and friends and family of Elizabeth M. Haglund. For upper-division undergraduate students with an interest in mass communication.

Ida Mae Hanks Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1999 by the estate of Ida Mae Hanks in memory of Ida Mae Hanks. For sophomores, juniors, or seniors in journalism with preference for non-resident students from Idaho or elsewhere who otherwise qualify. Must be U.S. citizen. Minimum 3.3 GPA.

Milton C. Hollstein Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1997 to honor Professor Milton Hollstein by gifts from Keith A. Cannon, other alumni, colleagues, friends, and family. The fund was added to by Dr. Hollstein.

KSL Scholarship
For broadcast journalism students who show the desire, aptitude, and ability to practice journalism that follows professional standards and principles adhered to by the KSL news division. With application, student must submit a performance reel showing evidence of quality reporting or producing that demonstrates professionalism and ethical standards. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

The John & Sonia Lingos Scholarship 
This scholarship will be awarded to a member of the John R. Park Debate Society. The scholarship may be awarded to the same student recipient for up to four years.

Pauline Clyde Pace Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2003 to honor Pauline Clyde Pace, a distinguished Communication graduate who is known internationally for her humanitarian efforts.

M. Neff Smart Memorial Diversity Scholarship
Established in 1984 by the Society of Professional Journalists, Utah Headliners Chapter. For juniors or seniors pursuing a career in journalism.

Joseph F. Smith Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2000 by a gift from Ruth S. Silver in honor of her father, Joseph F. Smith.

Parry D. and Margaret C. Sorensen Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1993 by Parry and Margaret Sorensen. Parry D. Sorensen was the former head of the Public Relations sequence and a long-time University administrator. The fund establishes an annual lecture known as "Town and Gown Forum," a lectureship on public relations issues to teach special topics, and provides scholarships to deserving Communication students. *Scholarship type: Need Based

University of Utah Merit Scholarship

  • $5,000 total for Fall and Spring semesters only; may not be used for Summer semester.
  • Recipient must enroll in 12-15 credits in both Fall and Spring semesters.
  • You must be a resident, declared Communication major in at least the second semester, fully matriculated, degree-seeking at the time of application and throughout the period of the award.
  • Please do not apply if you will be unable to use the award both semesters. You may not have another tuition scholarship at the university. Awards are not automatically renewable.

Austin L. Walker Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1998 by Gladys W. Walker in honor of her husband, Austin L. Walker.

Wharton Family Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2002 by gifts from Tom and Gayen Wharton. For entering freshmen with a journalism emphasis.

Craig Denton Scholarship

Emeritus Professor Craig Denton, who served and taught in the Department of Communication for 39 years, is renowned in the field of visual communication. His photographic and documentary work is focused on the tensions between conservation and extraction of natural resources as people interact with the environment. In 2017, he established a scholarship for an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Communication who is interested in visual communication. Preference will be given to students who show a demonstrated interest in visual communication by submitting an example such as a professional project, a student project or portfolio (completed or in progress), or who have taken multiple related courses or work in a field centered on visual communication. This scholarship is for students in any Communication sequence and is not need-based.

*Need-Based Scholarships require that students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-2018 aid year. 

Awards are subject to change each academic year. 

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Last Updated: 2/2/18