Scholarships

The School of Media and Communication offers several scholarships for academic tuition, internships, study away, and other opportunities. Additional opportunities are available through individual departments. All scholarship applicants will receive notification directly via email, and recipients’ names will then be posted online. Applications for scholarships are accepted once per semester, by the deadlines which will be posted on this page. All materials must be received by the due date for consideration, and late applications will not be accepted. Scholarships awarded during the fall application cycle must be applied during the following spring or summer term unless otherwise noted. Scholarships awarded during the spring application cycle must be applied during the following summer or fall term unless otherwise noted.

Prospective Students

Temple University offers competitive academic scholarships to incoming freshmen. Click here for detailed information (.PDF), including the academic criteria. You can find even more information here.

The School of Media and Communication also offers scholarships to incoming students. SMC Scholarships will be given to 10 incoming students in the amount of $8,000 per award ($1,000 per semester for eight semesters over the next four years, provided the student maintains eligibility) based on their academic qualifications. Students who are selected for the Scholarship will be contacted directly; separate applications aren’t necessary.

SMC Students

Applicants will be notified by email by the end of the semester in which they applied. If you apply in the fall, you will usually be notified in mid to late December. If you apply in the spring, you will usually be notified by mid-MayAll applicants will be notified of their status and recipient names will be posted on this webpage.

Class Level Status

  • Freshman: 0 – 29 credit hours
  • Sophomore: 30 – 59 credit hours
  • Junior: 60 – 89 credit hours
  • Senior: 90 + credit hours

Unless otherwise specified, sophomore status at the time the award is to be received is required.  Also, a special note to transfer students, a Temple GPA is required at the time of application.  Since all awards are applied to tuition, a student must be enrolled at Temple at the time the award is to be received.  Class level status and Temple GPA will be verified before final awards are posted to a student’s account.  Any false or misleading information submitted as part of an application will result in automatic disqualification and potentially further ramifications.

Read a list of the most recent SMC scholarship winners.

Special SMC Scholarships

The links to the online applications and recommendation forms for each of the special SMC scholarships are noted in the descriptions below.  Students should ask recommenders to comment on their qualifications as required by the scholarship(s). Please see the description of the scholarship below if you are unsure about the requirements.  Award recipients are notified within eight to twelve weeks of the application deadline.

Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Scholarship

Established in honor of Lew Klein, by H.F. “Gerry,” Marguerite Lenfest, and Walter and Leonore Annenberg through the Annenberg Foundation. Funding applies to an internship or internship program, independent study project or international study for academic credit. 3.0 GPA required. Students are only eligible to receive the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Scholarship once during their academic career.

  • Open to: SMC students for their sophomore, junior or senior year.
  • Maximum award amount: $3,500
  • Apply here.

Philadelphia Club of Advertising Women Endowed Scholarship

Established by the Philadelphia Club of Advertising Women. 3.0 GPA required.

  • Open to: Students (male or female) majoring in Strategic Communication (Public Relations concentration only), Advertising, or Film & Media Arts (FMA) for their junior year.
  • Students must have junior status at the time of application (fall semester), and will receive this scholarship during the subsequent spring semester only.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Award amount: $3,500
  • Apply here.

Martha Menei Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Martha Menei Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 through a bequest from the estate of Martha Menei, a long-time friend of Temple University. The scholarship benefits students in several programs, and a separate endowed scholarship fund was created from her estate at the Tyler School of Art.  Students are only eligible to receive the Martha Menei Endowed Scholarship once during their academic career. 3.0 GPA required.

  • Open to: Students majoring in Strategic Communication (Public Relations concentration only), Advertising, or Film & Media Arts (FMA) for their junior year.
  • Students must have junior status at the time of application (fall semester), and will receive this scholarship during the subsequent spring semester only.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Award amount: $5,000
  • Apply here.

SMC General Scholarships

The applications for these scholarships will reopen during the Fall 2015 semester. Check below for eligibility for each scholarship. Students should ask recommenders to comment on their qualifications as required by the scholarship(s). Please see the description of the scholarship below if you are unsure about the requirements.  Award recipients are notified within eight to twelve weeks of the application deadline.

George P. and Martina Jennings Endowed Scholarship Fund

Created in honor and Mr. and Mrs. Jennings by their family. 3.0 GPA recommended. 

  • Open to:  SMC students in any major for their junior year only.
  • Student must demonstrate financial need.
  • Award amount varies.
  • Apply here.

Michael Buser Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in memory of Michael Buser ’76. 3.0 GPA recommended.

  • Open to:  SMC students in any major throughout the School.
  • Student must demonstrate financial need.
  • Award amount varies.
  • Apply here.

Media and Communication Scholarship Fund

Established in 1968 by Dean Kenneth Harwood. 3.0 GPA recommended.

  • Open to:  SMC students in any major throughout the School.
  • Award amount varies.
  • Apply here.

Robert Shackleton Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in memory of Mr. Shackleton, ’36, by Dr. and Mrs. Myles Martel. 3.0 GPA required.

  • Open to:  Students majoring in Film and Media Arts; Theater; or Media Studies and Production with a preference for those interested in onscreen or public performance. Students must have completed two or more years of undergraduate coursework and have a demonstrated interest in public performance.
  • Student must demonstrate financial need.
  • Award amount varies.
  • Apply here.

Brenner Scholarship Fund

Established in 1987 by the Energy Education Advisory Council. 3.5 GPA required.

  • Open to:  SMC students in any major during their senior year only.
  • Award amount varies.
  • Apply here.

MacDonald Scholarship Fund

Established in 2004 by friends and colleagues in honor of John MacDonald upon his retirement as Executive Director of Temple University Alumni Association after 40 years of service to the university. 3.0 GPA recommended.

  • Open to:  SMC out-of-state students who have financial need, with preference given to students who are residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Award amount varies.
  • Apply here.

Steve Charles Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2011. 3.0 GPA recommended.

  • Open to:  Incoming SMC students in any major with financial need, who graduated from a high school in an urban school district, with a strong preference for students who have a demonstrated interest in business and entrepreneurship.
  • Award amount varies.

External Scholarships