The College of Communication and Information has several opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to obtain scholarship funding. For a list of these scholarships, please see below.

All scholarship applications are now located in ScholarshipUniverse.
2023/2024 scholarship applications will be open January 1, 2023 to March 24, 2023


Click here for the Feb. 1, 2022 Scholarship and Financial Aid Informational Meeting Playback.


1. How do I login to ScholarshipUniverse?
    Click here to access ScholarshipUniverse.
2. Enter your UK linkblue email and password.
3. Answer all student profile questions provided.
4. Click on the “Scholarships” tab to begin applying.

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Additional funding and scholarship resources:

Scholarship offerings are subject to change.

  • This scholarship honors the memory of Adam Altman, a former student in the School and son of ISC professor Dennis Altman. The scholarship is awarded to an ISC major who exhibits creativity in the discipline.
  • This fund was established in 2005 to honor Bernie Vonderheide. Bernie Vonderheide spent 23 years of his public relations career speaking on behalf of the University of Kentucky. The scholarship is open to students who demonstrate an interest in public relations as a career and have reporting experience either on or off campus. A 500-word essay is required. The essay should cover this topic, "Public relations professionals play a vital role in representing government programs and activities to the news media. At the same time, PR professionals also can help governmental officials understand the critical role journalists play in a democracy, and how they go about fulfilling that role. Please describe the specific role you believe a public relations professional in government should take in helping officials and journalists interact in a meaningful way, and how this help both serve the public interest." Vonderheide received the 2005 Kentucky Excellence in Public Relations Award and the CI Friend of the College Award in 2010.
  • Students may be undergraduate or graduate students in the College, must demonstrate financial need, and be graduates of a high school located in Pike, Letcher, Harlan or Floyd Counties in Kentucky. The student must write a letter explaining their interest in and qualifications for the scholarship and how receiving the scholarship will help them to continue their education. This scholarship was established by J. David Johnson, the College’s former dean and his wife Dr. Sally Johnson, in honor of his parents.
  • Upper Division students only. Established in 1990, these scholarships are awarded to two juniors and two seniors that demonstrate the potential for academic success and show need for financial assistance. Applications should be returned to 107 Grehan Journalism Building. Applications will be due September 1, 2016.
  • Established in 2011, the scholarship is available to a student in the Integrated Strategic Communication Department, who is a junior or senior with at least a 3.2 GPA in the major. To be eligible, the student must be a resident of Kentucky and submit a 500-word essay on their career plans and how those relate to the student’s chosen path in the Integrated Strategic Communication major.
  • This scholarship supports deserving students in the journalism school who exhibit academic excellence and show professional promise. The scholarship honors the memory of Edith J. and Charles G. Dickerson.
  • This scholarship honors the memory of James C. Bowling, a renowned public relations executive who established a very successful career with Philip Morris, Inc. The scholarship is awarded to a senior ISC student that represents the attributes of Mr. Bowling and plans to enter the business world of public relations. Applicants must write a 2-page essay (typed, double-spaced, using a 12-point font) on the topic: "What are my career goals in public relations and how will I be using this award to support my goals." (Mid-Fall application deadline.)
  • This scholarship supports ISC majors that are enrolled full-time in the College, show professional promise, demonstrate the characteristics of desire, education, and determination, and/or exhibit economic need, and/or are walk-on student-athletes at UK participating in an equivalency sport that is not fully funded. The scholarship was created in memory of Jeremy Streck, a 1999 ISC graduate and UK student-athlete.
  • Honors the memory of John Chaplin, a Lexington radio personality whose on-air name was Herb Oscar Kent. The Scholarship is awarded to current students, freshman through junior year, that are declared pre-majors or majors in the School, are Kentucky residents, show they have applied or are currently receiving financial aid as confirmed by the Office of Student Financial Aid, demonstrate financial need, and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. In addition, consistent with the University’s efforts to obtain the educational benefits of a diverse student body, it is the Donor’s request that preference in the award of this scholarship will first be given to students with a certified disability, and if no such applicants are available, then all other students that apply and meet the criteria stated herein are eligible for consideration. Notwithstanding this preference, every student will have an opportunity to compete for the scholarship.
  • This fund supports students that have demonstrated the potential for academic success. The award honors the memory of Dr. Plummer, director of the School of Journalism from 1940 to 1965. Plummer is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame (1982).