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Department Scholarships

The Communication Studies Department offers several scholarships to help students pay for their education and build their resumes and portfolios.

Eligibility Requirements

Currently enrolled students must fill out the Continuing Scholarship Application by March 1 to be considered for all departmental scholarships, as well as many college- and university-wide scholarships.

Walt Bodine Scholarship in Communication Studies
Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Qualifications: Undergraduate students majoring in communication studies with an emphasis in TV, radio, film, new media forms or community journalism.

Alex and Josephine B. Coleman Scholarship Fund
Award Amount: 3 scholarships, up to $2,250 each
Qualifications: Students majoring in communication studies with a cumulative UMKC GPA of 3.3 or above who has completed at least 60 credit hours. Awarded based on ability.

The Fred Andrews Jubilee Creative Cinema Fund
Award Amount: Up to $1,200
Qualifications: Awards and/or internships for undergraduate or graduate students majoring in communication studies with an emphasis in film and media arts.

Faye Kircher Public Speaking Award Scholarship
Award Amount: varies
Qualifications: Awarded based on the performance at the Faye Kircher Public Speaking Competition; recipients selected by judges
How to Apply: Participants from the current semester’s ComSt 110 courses are selected to participate in the contest. Contact the Communication Studies Department for more details.

Carol Koehler Memorial Scholarship
Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Qualifications: A junior or senior majoring in communication studies who has completed at least 12 credit hours of communication studies and has a cumulative UMKC GPA of 3.0 or above. Students are required to enroll in the department’s three-hour internship course during the ensuing academic year.

Michelle LaPointe Scholarship
Award Amount: Up to $750
Qualifications: Non-traditional students majoring in communication studies who have completed at least 24 credit hours and demonstrate financial need.

Dianne and Charles Maggio Scholarship in Communication Studies
Award Amount: $1,000 for Summer and $1,000 for Fall
Qualifications: Communication Studies major who is in good academic standing and demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to students who express a desire to enter a career in journalism or mass communications.

G. Tom Poe Scholarship Fund for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Media Arts
Award Amount: Up to $750
Qualifications: Undergraduate student majoring in communication studies with an emphasis in film and media arts or a minoring in film studies. Preference is given to a senior level student who maintains a 3.0 GPA.

The Philip Alexander Riggs Scholarship in Communication Studies
Award Amount: Varies
Qualifications: Students in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Communication Studies with a preference given to students who express interest in Film Studies.

John Scott Shepherd Scholarship
Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Qualifications: Undergraduate students majoring in communication studies with an emphasis in film and media arts.

Suzanne Crispin Williams Scholarship
Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Qualifications: Undergraduate student majoring in communications or women’s studies. Preference is given to a returning female student pursuing her first undergraduate degree.

Additional requirement: Students must an essay of approximately 1,000 words on his or her background, and describing how the scholarship will impact his or her future plans. Save file as LastnameFirstnameSCWS and email to umkcasscholarships@umkc.edu.

The College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Office has more information and a full list of department- and college-level scholarships available to current students.

The UMKC Financial Aid Office has more information regarding university-wide scholarships.