Scholarships

Department of Communication Studies Scholarships

The CSUSA is available from October 1  until March 1 at 11 p.m. (MST). Go to RAMweb at ramweb.colostate.edu and login using your eID. From there, you can select the CSU Scholarship Application.

The following departmental scholarships are awarded on an annual basis in late spring for the following academic year, except where noted. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must meet the criteria detailed. If awarded a scholarship, students must maintain the criteria throughout the length of the academic year. For example, failure to maintain the minimum GPA or switching to a different major will render the student ineligible and funding will be pulled.

Items of Note
  • Scholarship funds drop into student accounts at the beginning of each semester.
  • If the student awarded a scholarship will graduate at the end of fall term, the entire scholarship will pay out that semester.
  • Incoming students are rarely eligible for departmental scholarships. However, once a CSU student, CMST majors are encouraged to apply to scholarships every year.
  • Communication Studies majors are eligible to apply for some of the scholarship opportunities listed under the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office Scholarships.
Auto-Match Scholarships
  • Once the generic CSUSA application is filled out, the system will automatically match you, the student, to any scholarships where you meet the award criteria University-wide.
Apply-To Scholarships
  • Along with filling out the generic CSUSA application, some scholarships require further materials. Whether those are essay questions, content portfolios, or any other types of content specific to the individual scholarship. These scholarships are not automatically matched by the auto-match feature in AcademicWorks and are found by using the “Filter” option on the Opportunities Page.
Need-based Scholarships

To be considered for need-based scholarships through the CSUSA, your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted by March 1. You may use estimated tax data on the FAFSA for the CSUSA if you won’t be filing your taxes until after February 15. This will get you into the applicant pool. However, you will need to provide actual tax data at a later date.

Merit-Based Scholarships: Automatch

Once the generic CSUSA application is filled out, the “Academic Works” online system will automatically match you, the student, to any scholarships where you meet the award criteria University-wide.

The following merit-based scholarships only require you to submit a general CSUSA. If you meet the criteria, your application will automatically be added to the candidate pool. Most have GPA minimum requirements. Some have credit hour minimums.

Denny Phillips Scholarship

  1. Full-time undergraduate enrolled in the Department of Communication Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University
  2. Pursuing a degree in Communication Studies 3) Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  3. Must have successfully completed a minimum of 45 credit hours at CSU
  4. Participate in a range of extra-curricular activities

Harris Morrill Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student in the department of Communication Studies.

John F. Corbin Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding Communication Studies major.

Kenneth Stahl Scholarship

  1. Student in Communication Studies
  2. Must exhibit highest quality in past performance and future promise

Merit-based Scholarships: Apply-To

Along with filling out the generic CSUSA application, some scholarships require further materials. Whether those are essay questions, content portfolios, or any other types of content specific to the individual scholarship. These scholarships are not automatically matched by the auto-match feature in AcademicWorks. They are found by using the “Filter” option on the Opportunities Page – search Communication Studies or Speech Communication

Ann M. Gill Scholarship

  1. Undergraduate majoring in speech communication
  2. Completion of at least 60 credits at CSU with a cumulative GPA of 2.9 or better
  3. Outstanding oral and/or written communication skills
  4. Demonstrated creativity and initiative
  5. Demonstrates concern for human rights and equality

Joyce P. Lewis Scholarship

  1. Full-time outstanding undergraduate student enrolled in the Department of Communication Studies within the College of Liberal Arts
  2. Demonstrate strong leadership skills while at CSU
  3. Maintain an overall 3.2 GPA
  4. Preference shall be given to students who work at the university newspaper (the Collegian)
    (Scholarship may be renewable if the recipient(s) reapply annually, continue to meet all criteria and are selected by the scholarship committee)

Mallory Sauer Communication Studies Scholarship

  1. Be a full-time student(s) with a declared major in Communication Studies
  2. Demonstrates determination and tenacity through involvement in extracurricular activities, employment, or other examples. This shall be demonstrated by answering essay questions that include the following a) How is your life as a student structured b) How do you manage your time as you juggle competing responsibilities c) Give examples of employment, extracurricular activities, other responsibilities, etc.
  3. Articulate long-term career goals that leverage their communications degree by answering the following essay question a) What are your long-term career goals and how will you leverage your Communication Studies degree to accomplish that

Robert K. Maclauchlin Scholarship

  1. Junior or Senior Speech Communications major committed to a career in a field of telecommunications/communications media
  2. Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA
  3. Demonstrates leadership potential
  4. Worked diligently to prepare for future career success in a field of telecommunications/communications media

Need-based Scholarships: Automatch

Once the generic CSUSA application is filled out, the “Academic Works” online system will automatically match you, the student, to any scholarships where you meet the award criteria University-wide SO LONG AS YOU ALSO SUBMIT YOUR Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. You may use estimated tax data on the FAFSA for the CSUSA if you won’t be filing your taxes until after February 15. This will get you into the applicant pool. However, you will need to provide actual tax data at a later date.

Communication Studies Alumni Scholarship

  1. Student in the Department of Communication Studies
  2. Demonstrate financial need
  3. Show notable creativity in chosen area and/or demonstrate promise of success

Eric Becker Memorial Scholarship

  1. Sophomore or junior undergraduate student pursuing a major in Communications Studies
  2. Demonstrate academic promise
  3. Demonstrate financial need as established by the Office of Student Financial Services of CSU
  4. Maintain an overall 3.0 GPA (Scholarship shall not be renewable)

Frank B. Davis and Sue Davis Pendell Education Abroad Scholarship

  1. Sophomore, Junior or Senior undergraduate student in College of Liberal Arts
  2. Pursuing a degree in Communication Studies
  3. Be accepted to go on a CSU approved Education Abroad program
  4. Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA
  5. Demonstrate Financial need as established by the Office of Financial Aid.

Need-based Scholarships: Apply-To

Along with filling out the generic CSUSA application, and submitting a FAFSA, some scholarships require further materials, which are indicated by the “Supplemental Questions” section on the scholarship’s criteria page in AcademicWorks. These scholarships are found by using the “Filter” option on the Opportunities Page – search Communication Studies or Speech Communication

Linda Cates Scholarship

  1. Communication Studies major at a junior, senior or graduate level
  2. Non-traditional student (defined for this purpose as those students who either did not enter college immediately after completing high school or who had an interruption in their college education and had to take time off)
  3. Demonstrate financial need as established by the Office of Student Financial Services of CSU
  4. Maintain an overall 3.2 GPA (Scholarship may be renewable if the recipient(s) continues to meet all criteria and reapplies each year)