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 1 term. Scholarships awarded during the spring application cycle must be applied during the following summer 2 or fall term.

Prospective Students:

Temple University offers competitive academic scholarships to incoming freshmen. For detailed information, including the academic criteria, click here.  For additional information, click 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-May. All 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.    

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. 3.0 GPA recommended and financial need 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: $2,500
  • The application is available here.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required and can be submitted on the students behalf here.

Philadelphia Club of Advertising Women Endowed Scholarship

Established by the Philadelphia Club of Advertising Women.

  • 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 in Fall 2013.
  • Offered in alternating years with Tyler. The next application will be available in Fall 2015.
  • Award amount: $2,500
  • The application for Fall 2014 is available here.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required and can be submitted on the students behalf 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.

  • Open to:  Juniors majoring in majoring in Strategic Communication (Public Relations concentration only), Advertising, or Film & Media Arts (FMA) for their junior year. Students must have junior status during the Fall 2013 semester.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Maximum award amount: $5,000
  • The application for Fall 2014 is available here.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required and can be submitted on the students behalf here.

SMC General Scholarships

The application for Fall 2014 is available here.  Check below for eligibility for each scholarship.  Two letters of recommendation are required and can be submitted on the students behalf here.  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.

  • Open to:  SMC students in any major for their junior year only.
  • Maximum award amount:  $3,000

Michael Buser Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established in memory of Michael Buser ’76.

  • Open to:  SMC students in any major throughout the School.
  • Maximum award amount:  $500

Media and Communication Scholarship Fund

Established in 1968 by Dean Kenneth Harwood.

  • Open to:  SMC students in any major throughout the School.
  • Maximum award amount:  $1,300

Robert Shackleton Endowed Scholarship Fund

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

  • 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.
  • Maximum award amount: $2,500

Brenner Scholarship Fund

Established in 1987 by the Energy Education Advisory Council.

  • Open to:  SMC students in any major with a GPA of 3.5 or higher during their senior year only.
  • Maximum award amount:  $1,000

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.

  • Open to:  SMC out-of-state students who have financial need, with preference given to students who are residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Maximum award amount:  $1,250

Steve Charles Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2011.

  • Open to:  SMC students in any major,  in their sophomore or junior year only, who have 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.
  • Maximum award amount:  $3,500

SMC Scholarship Recipients Awarded in 2013-2014

Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Scholarship (Spring 2014)

  • Karina Cheung, international study, Media Studies & Production
  • Micolina Hernandez, internship, Media Studies & Production
  • Tyler Horst, international study, Media Studies & Production
  • Erika Koiva, internship, Advertising
  • Allison Miller, international study, Media Studies and Production
  • Lena Northridge, international study, Advertising
  • Nadia Ouazzi, internship, Communication Studies
  • Brianna Prime, international study, Public Relations

Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Scholarship (Fall 2013)

  • Levi Schenk, internship, Media Studies & Production
  • Aryann Cuda, international study, Media Studies & Production
  • Marnice Davis, international study, Journalism
  • Seth Wozniak, internship, Media Studies & Production
  • Paige Montes, international study, Advertising
  • Mikayla Appell, international study, Strategic Communication
  • Lindsey Murray, internship, Journalism
  • Mitchell Katz, independent project, Advertising
  • Brandon Rivera, international study, Media Studies & Production
  • Shaun Luberski, internship, Strategic Communication
  • Rachael Silverstein, internship, Advertising
  • Helen DeHaven, international study, Communication Studies

Martha Menei Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Brianna Prime, Strategic Communication
  • Sharon Bryant, Advertising
  • Mitchell Katz, Advertising
  • Matthew Carlstrom, Advertising
  • Erika Koiva, Advertising
  • Avery Maehrer, Journalism
  • Catherine Dice, Advertising

Philadelphia Club of Advertising Women Endowed Scholarship

  • Erika Koiva, Advertising

George P. and Martina Jennings Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Aryann Cuda, Media Studies & Production
  • Lindsey Murray, Journalism
  • Kaylin Quinn, Journalism

Michael Buser Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Jade Franks, Media Studies & Production

Media and Communication Scholarship Fund

  • Brianna Prime, Strategic Communication

Robert Shackleton Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Linnell Truchon, Theater

Brenner Scholarship Fund

  • Levi Schenk, Media Studies & Production

MacDonald Scholarship Fund

  • Amber Burns, Strategic Communication

Stephen G. Charles Scholarship Fund

  • Chelsea Soto, Advertising
  • Reginald Becton, Media Studies & Production
  • Omari Coleman, Journalism
  • Briana Edwards, Advertising

External Scholarships

The College and University Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania (CUPRAP) Communications Internship Award

CUPRAP sponsors the Communications Internship Award for students of color. This program is intended to make it financially easier for students of color to obtain valuable internship experience in a communications field.

Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia

  • Click here for requirements, deadline and application information.

NSEP Boren Scholarship for Study Abroad

  • Click here for requirements, deadline and application information.

Student Diplomat Essay Competition

  • Click here for for requirements, deadline and application information.

The Bernice Anastasia Ximines Smith Scholarship for Undergraduate Students

  • Click here for requirements, deadline and application information.

Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF)

  • Click here for requirements, deadline and application information.