INTEGRATED STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Department of Integrated Strategic Communication offers a number of scholarships to help reward excellence in our students and support them in their education. All scholarships require a completed application that includes a cover letter tailored to the requirements of the particular scholarship and any supplemental materials listed in the scholarship description. The application description will indicate if an essay is required for the application. A listing of the majors eligible for each scholarship is included in the scholarship description. Each scholarship has different eligibility and selection requirements, and your application letter and support materials must address those requirements.

All application materials must be submitted online.

CLICK HERE for a link to the ONLINE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION.

You must submit a separate application form for each scholarship you would like to apply for in order to be considered.

If you experience problems with the online submission process, please contact Chris Larmour (isctech@uky.edu).

Adam Altman Award for Innovation in Communications

Description
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.
 
Level: Undergraduate
Major: ISC
Application Requirements: Cover letter, resume, application
Deadline: November 8, 2019
Award Amount: $700

Bernie Vonderheide Scholarship in Public Relations

Description
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. He received the 2005 Kentucky Excellence in Public Relations Award and the CI Friend of the College Award in 2010.

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 government 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 helps both serve the public interest."

 

Level: Undergraduate

Major: ISC

Application Requirements: cover letter, resume, application, essay

Deadline: November 8, 2019

Award Amount: Two awards, $2,000 each

Diane Massie Scholarship

Description
Established in 2011, the scholarship is available to a student in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, 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.

 

Level: Undergraduate - Junior or Senior

Major: ISC 

Application Requirements: Cover letter, resume, application, essay, 3.2 GPA in major

Deadline: November 8, 2019

Award Amount: Two awards, $500 each

Edith J. and Charles G. Dickerson Trust Scholarship

Description
This scholarship supports deserving students in the School of Journalism & Media and the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication who exhibit academic excellence and show professional promise. The scholarship honors the memory of Edith J. and Charles G. Dickerson.

 

Level: Undergraduate

Majors: ISC, JOU, MAS

Application Requirements: cover letter, resume, application

Deadline: November 8, 2019

Award Amount: Two awards, $500 each

James C. Bowling Scholarship

Description
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."

 

Level: Undergraduate - Senior

Major: ISC

Application Requirements: Cover letter, resume, application, two-page essay (typed, double-spaced, 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."

Deadline: October 25, 2019

Award Amount: up to $7,500

Jeremy M. Streck Memorial Scholarship

Description
This scholarship supports ISC majors who 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.
 
Level: Undergraduate
Major: ISC
Application Requirements: Cover letter, resume, application, full-time enrollment, demonstrate financial need.
Deadline: November 8, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $700
 

John D. Chaplin Scholarship

Description
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 of Journalism & Media or the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, 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.

 

Level: Undergraduate, Freshman-Junior

Majors: ISC, JOU, MAS

Application Requirements: cover letter, resume, application, Kentucky residency, show application for or are currently receiving financial aid (confirmed by the Office of Student Financial Aid), demonstrate financial need, GPA of 2.5 or higher on 4.0 scale, preference is given to students with a certified disability.

Deadline: November 8, 2019

Award Amount: Two awards, $500 each

Rick Roth Memorial Scholarship

Description
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.
 
Level: Undergraduate
Majors: ISC 
Applications Materials: Cover letter, application, 500 word essay, active involvement in Competition Team/AAF, Ad Club or the UK Student Advertising Agency.
Deadline: November 8, 2019
Award Amount: $750

Sheehy and Associates Educational Advancement Scholarship

Description
This scholarship is awarded to students who have completed their junior year as an ISC major, meet the ISC internship pre-requisites set by the Department and have successfully completed a summer internship, or plan to complete an internship in the summer. Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA in ISC courses with at least a 2.5 GPA overall.
 
Level: Undergraduate, senior standing
Major: ISC 
Application Requirements: Cover letter, application, successful completion of a summer internship or plan to complete an internship in summer, 3.0 GPA in ISC courses with at least a 2.5 GPA overall.
Deadline: November 8, 2019
Award Amount: $500

Theodore E. Schulte Memorial Scholarship

Description
This fund supports an outstanding ISC major. The award honors the memory of Schulte, an associate professor of advertising in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications for nine years.
 
Level: Undergraduate
Major: ISC 
Application Requirements: Cover letter, resume, application
Deadline: November 8, 2019
Award Amount: $500

Walter and Nellie Evans JAM & ISC General Excellence Scholarship

Description
This fund supports students that exhibit academic excellence and dedication to a career in the mass media and communication industries.

 

Level: Undergraduate

Majors: ISC, JOU, MAS 

Application Requirements: Cover letter, application

Deadline: November 8, 2019

Award Amount: $1,000