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


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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 Fund was established in honor of his retirement in spring 2012 from the College. The Fellowship shall is awarded to a student enrolled in the College's Graduate Program in Communication, whose major focus is health communication, who has shown a commitment to excellence in the program, and has been significantly involved in health communication and research--preferably research-related to health communication campaigns.
  • This fellowship is awarded to an incoming doctoral student who has received an assistantship and is focusing on behavioral communications, especially mass or health communication. Dr. Donohew retired from the UK in 1999, after nearly 35 years of service, during which time he worked tirelessly to promote and enhance the field of health communication.
  • This scholarship was established in 2006 to honor the memory of Rick Roth, who taught for 15 years in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. The fund was created by three former students to honor this "student's teacher." Roth pioneered the School's Integrated Strategic Communication program. The program combines advertising, public relations, direct marketing and sales promotion. The scholarship is awarded to students who are pre-majors or majors in ISC and demonstrate the qualities embodied by Professor Roth of tenacity, determination, commitment, leadership, service and involvement. You must write an essay of no more than 500 words that explains in detail which of the traits listed previously you believe you most embody, how you have shown the trait and why you feel you possess this trait. The student must also be actively involved in Competition Team/AAF, Ad Club or the UK Student Advertising Agency; if none are eligible then all other students that apply will be considered.
  • This scholarship supports students who plan to pursue a career in journalism with a primary focus on business with preference given to a student interested in technical publication writing. The applicant should be a senior journalism major with preference given to Kentucky residents. The student must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be in good academic standing with the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. The scholarship honors the memory of Robert C. Ryans, a 1964 UK Journalism graduate and technical publications writer, as well as Alta M. and John K. Ryans, Sr.
  • This scholarship honors Sam Abell, a UK graduate, Kentuckian yearbook editor and retired National Geographic photographer and his mentor, friend and fellow photographer, Dick Ware, who passed away in 1986. This scholarship is awarded to a declared Journalism major who demonstrates an interest in the field of photojournalism. Abell is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame (1991).
  • Scholarship is awarded to students who have completed their junior year as an ISC major; meet the ISC internship pre-requisites set by the School and have successfully completed a summer internship or plan to complete an internship in summer 2015. Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA in ISC courses with at least a 2.5 GPA overall.
  • This fund supports a full-time adult learner as defined by the endowment. An adult learner is defined as a student who has responsibilities other than those of a traditional student (i.e. is a single parent or employed full-time). A 500-word essay is required describing your status as an adult learner. Student must show financial need. The scholarship honors Shirley Rose, a 40-year UK employee and undergraduate advisor for the college. Rose retired in 2001.
  • This fund provides one or more scholarships to graduate students who are enrolled in the School and show a need for financial assistance.
  • This fund was established in 1999 with gifts from many SLIS graduates and then matched by the Commonwealth’s Research Challenge Trust Fund. The recipient(s) are selected by a scholarship committee and must be pursuing a masters or doctorate level degree in the program, possess outstanding academic credentials and exhibit potential for professional success.
  • This award is given to students that are full-time juniors or seniors and have demonstrated excellence in writing. It is the donors request that one print and one broadcast award be awarded. Students are asked to submit original work in support of their entry. The award honors the memory of Sy Ramsey, a Frankfort State Capitol correspondent for The Associated Press for 21 years. Ramsey is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame (1984).