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Scholarship Application Instructions

This page is only intended to be a guide for students who wish to prepare for the scholarship application.  Even if they use this page to prepare, students should read the instructions in the application carefully and follow them exactly.

By filling out this application, you will be considered for any scholarships for which you are eligible. A full list of the scholarships available through this application can be found here.

2019-2020 application instructions

Acknowledgements

  • Enrollment expectation: This application is intended to support full-time, regularly-enrolled students seeking a bachelor's or higher degree from the Moody College of Communication. Full-time means 12 hours per long semester for undergraduates; 9 for graduate students. Exceptions to the full-time enrollment policy are only allowed for graduating students in their final semester and only under certain circumstances, and those who have been granted a course-load reduction by the University's Services for Students With Disabilities Office. Unless otherwise noted, all awards are for fall/spring semesters.
  • Change in status: Please contact the Moody College immediately if (a) you are currently an undergraduate student at UT but will be a graduate student in the 2019-2020 academic year; or (b) you are an incoming graduate student in 2019-2020 but attended UT as an undergraduate at any time. Failure to do so will disqualify you from scholarship awards.
  • Graduate students:  Jesse Jones fellowships applicants must be seeking funding for the second or subsequent year of their programs. Preference is given to candidates with a strong, interdisciplinary track record.
  • Need-Based Scholarships: US Citizens: If you wish to be considered for any need-based scholarships, you must submit the CURRENT YEAR'S FAFSA (2018-2019). International Students who are not eligible to file the FAFSA must complete the International Student Financial Worksheet. In very rare cases, we may accept the Financial Need essay within this application as a substitution for these official financial need documents. The Scholarship Portal (application entry page) will display your current status regarding need-based aid.
  • SB 1325: Texas Senate Bill 1325 renders a person ineligible to receive these scholarships if the person is related to a current member of the UT System Board of Regents, except for in certain circumstances.  If you are related to a current member of the UT System Board of Regents, you must contact the Moody College via the email address below before the scholarship application deadline to disclose this relationship.  Failure to do so can result in a Class B misdemeanor offense.

Reference request

The application will ask you for the contact information of the people you are asking to write a letter of recommendation. Our system will send a letter request, via email, to your references, who must complete the recommendation process online. All recommendations must be completed and returned by the scholarship application deadline, so please start this process as early as possible. The entire process is online; paper letters will not be accepted.

Who should you ask to provide your references?

Undergraduate students will be asked for two references. The Moody College strongly encourages students to obtain at least one letter from a faculty member in his/her major department.

Graduate students will be asked for three references.

Address Verification

You will be asked to verify/update your local contact information.

Activities

You will be asked to list up to five activities in each of the following categories:

  • Clubs and Other Extracurricular Activates
  • Jobs and Internships
  • Leadership Roles

Statement of Purpose

Your prompt will vary depending on your classification

Undergraduate students: Write a statement of purpose explaining why you are pursuing a degree in Communication and what you plan to do after graduation. Please explain why the Moody College of Communication should invest in you and what academic or industry contribution you aspire to make during your career. (max. 300 words)

Graduate students:
a) Write a statement describing your plan of study and potential benefit you would receive from this financial assistance. (max. 300 words)
b) You MUST also submit your resume/CV by the scholarship application deadline. You will be asked to upload this resume from the main Scholarship Portal page.

College of Communication Questions

  1. How many hours to do you plan to take in Summer 2019?
  2. Do you expect to enroll full-time in both Fall 2019 and Spring 2020?  If not, please list how many hours you plan to take in the fall, the spring, and the reason for your reduced enrollment.
  3. Are you a member of the University of Texas Debate Team?
  4. Have you ever lived in Oklahoma?

Department Application

If you are associated with more than one academic department in the College of Communication, you may apply to either or all departments. If you plan to change/add a new Communication major for the upcoming fall semester, you must begin the Internal Transfer application before you may apply for scholarships offered by that department.

All applicants must select at least one department.

Advertising and Public Relations:

To qualify for certain specific awards, please answer the following questions:

  • Are you currently in a sequence? (Yes; No; No, I'm Public Relations)
  • Which sequence are you in, or do you plan to apply to? (Creative; Media; Interactive; I don't know/Don't plan to apply; None, I'm Public Relations)

Please answer the following prompt:  What do you see as the biggest trends in advertising and PR in the next five years? How will they impact your work in the industry? (max. 300 words)

Scholarships that require additional materials.
You may also qualify for certain awards that require additional materials. Please read the requirements for the scholarships below and provide the information requested if you are eligible. 

David (Shy) Scheihagen Scholarship
Robert M. Gray Scholarship Fund
Ralph E. Frede Public Relations Foundation of Texas Endowed Scholarship in Public Relations
Dieste Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

Communication and Leadership:

Please answer the following prompt: How can a leader best serve her or his community? Why do you want to major in Communication and Leadership? (max. 300 words)

Communication Studies:

To qualify for certain specific awards, please answer the following question:

Are you in the Moody College of Communication's Senior Fellows Program? (Yes/No)

Please answer the following prompt:  The University of Texas has a slogan that says "What Starts Here Changes the World." How will an award from the College enable you to take your part in changing the world? (max. 300 words)

Communication Sciences and Disorders:

Please answer the following prompt:  How does the field of CSD impact our lives today? (max. 300 words)

Scholarships that require additional materials.
You may also qualify for certain awards that require additional materials. Please read the requirements for the scholarships below and provide the information requested if you are eligible.

Helen D. Vollmer Scholarship in Audiology

Journalism:

To qualify for certain specific awards, please answer the following questions:

  1. Which of these options best describes your US residency status: US Citizen; Naturalized citizen with at least 10 years residence in the US; Permanent US resident; Other

  2. Please rate your Spanish fluency: Fluent; Very good; Moderate; Fair; Beginner; Not at all

  3. Do you have  plans to complete an internship during the upcoming summer semester?

  4. Are you pursuing the Business Foundations Certificate or the Business Minor?

  5. If you are a member of any professional student organizations, please list them here. For example, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ); the Daily Texan/TSM is NOT a professional organization. (Even if you have already listed the organization(s) in the Extracurricular Activities section, please list them again).

  6. If you participated in any UIL Journalism events while you were in high school please list them here.

  7. If you have worked for the Daily Texan please list your positions here and indicate if they were paid.
     
  8. I am planning to pursue my career in (choose one):
                      Broadcast Journalism
                     Print - Magazine Journalism (including online and mobile platforms)
                     Print - Newspaper Journalism (including online and mobile platforms)
                     Other Journalism area/Unsure

Please answer the following prompt: Please discuss your future plans in Journalism. Make sure to include details about the career path you selected in Question 8 (above).

Scholarships that require additional materials.
You may also qualify for certain awards that require additional materials. Please read the requirements for the scholarships below and provide the information requested if you are eligible.

Sam Attlesey Endowed Presidential Scholarship
Scholarships in Community Journalism
Mattia Family Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Journalism
Paul C. & Julia A. Watler Endowed Scholarship for Investigative Journalism
William Russell Young, Jr. Centennial Scholarship
Ward C. Mayborn Journalism Scholarship
Liz and Les Carpenter Scholarship
Clarence E. Gilmore Prize
Charles Robert Devall Journalism Award

Radio-Television-Film:

Please choose your area(s) of interest/study from the list below and answer that area’s prompt. You may answer as many as you like, but must answer at least one. These essays will be used to determine eligibility for scholarships that require a recipient who has an interest in the area listed AND will be used by the committee when evaluating applications. (max. 200 words each)        

  • Please discuss your interest in media studies and explain how a degree from the RTF Department will help you excel in this field.
  • Please discuss your interest in screenwriting and explain how a degree from the RTF Department will help you excel in this field.
  • Please discuss your interest in directing and explain how a degree from the RTF Department will help you excel in this field.
  • Please discuss your interest in cinematography and explain how a degree from the RTF Department will help you excel in this field.
  • Please discuss your interest in production and explain how a degree from the RTF Department will help you excel in this field.
  • Please discuss your interest in broadcasting and explain how a degree from the RTF Department will help you excel in this field.
  • Please discuss your interest in television and explain how a degree from the RTF Department will help you excel in this field.
  • Please discuss your interest in radio broadcasting and explain how a degree from the RTF Department will help you excel in this field.

Scholarships that require additional materials.
You may also qualify for certain awards that require additional materials. Please read the requirements for the scholarships below and provide the information requested if you are eligible.
Gregory Dalton Drago “Spirit of Life” Endowed Presidential Scholarship
Paul Pierre Standifer Endowed Scholarship in Film Production
Warren Skaaren Endowed Presidential Scholarship
Richard S. "Cactus" Pryor Scholarship
James Lawrence Fly Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Communication​
Sol Taishoff Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Broadcasting

Communication Undeclared:

Please answer the following prompt:  How does the field of Communication impact our lives today? (max. 300 words)

Scholarships that require additional materials - for ALL MAJORS (optional, but strongly encouraged)

You may also qualify for certain awards that require additional materials. Please read the requirements for the scholarships below and provide the information requested if you are eligible.
The John E. Mankin, Sr.—Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association Endowed Scholarship Fund
Bob Schenkkan Endowed Presidential Scholarship
R. Steven Hicks Endowed Scholarship for Radio Students
Manuel Luna Garay Endowed Scholarship
Ward Creative Communications, Inc. Scholarship
John and Wendy Jennings Endowed Presidential Scholarship
Scott Alan Tagliarino Scholarship in Computational Journalism

Supporting Financial Need information (optional)

What is the topic of your supporting information?

  • The results of my FAFSA or International Student Financial Worksheet do not accurately reflect my financial situation
  • My/my family's financial circumstances have changed since I filed my FAFSA
  • I did not file a FAFSA but would like to make the committees aware of my financial hardships
  • Other applicable financial information

You may provide an essay about your financial situation (max. 300 words)