The cost of obtaining a top-notch education continues to rise, and many students are concerned about financing their education. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers a variety of financial support options for its students. For the undergraduate major, university-level financial aid is available; however, the school also offers a number of generous need- and merit-based scholarships.
For technical assistance with the WiSH scholarship application online hub, contact email@example.com . Someone from the financial aid office will return your inquiry promptly, to guide you through any questions you may have about the online application.
For all other questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org , and someone from the SJMC scholarship committee will get back to you ASAP.
For answers to other questions, see our FAQs below.
SJMC Undergraduate Scholarship Program FAQ
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When is the 2023-2024 undergraduate scholarship application available?
The 2023-2024 SJMC Scholarship Program application will be open from Friday, December 1 at 12:01 a.m. through Friday, December 15 at 11:59 p.m.
Who is eligible to apply?
All undergraduate School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) majors are eligible to apply. Even seniors graduating in May or August 2024 are eligible! Unfortunately, seniors graduating in December of 2023 are not eligible.
Is it really worth my time to apply?
SJMC has one of the most generous department-level scholarship programs on campus, thanks to our generous alumni. Last year, all of the 104 students that applied received between $500 and $16,000 in scholarships. It is worth it to apply!
How do I apply?
To apply, login to the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) with your NetID. Applicants will be asked to fill out UW-Madison’s general application.
After the general application is complete, the “School of Journalism and Mass Communication Application” will appear under ‘My Applications’. Click on the application title to begin the process. SJMC students simply fill out one online application through the UW-Madison WiSH hub.
Since just one scholarship application is required, how are scholarship awards determined then?
Different scholarships have different parameters or requirements. The SJMC scholarship committee works diligently to match the best student with the best scholarship. Awards are granted based on financial need, academic merit, experience, and/or involvement.
What materials are needed to complete the application?
Students will need a PDF copy of their current resume. In addition, students need to submit three (3) different brief statements on their career goals, work experience, and involvement (e.g. volunteer work, student organization participation, etc.)
When will I find out whether or not I received a scholarship award?
Students will be notified of their scholarship status by April 2024.
Do I need to do anything else after applying?
A few of our scholarships require that the awarded student write a ‘thank you’ letter if the corresponding scholarship has a living donor. Students receiving an award with this requirement will be informed of this when they accept their award.
Scholarship recipients are asked to submit a photograph and brief statement about how their scholarship helped them and to fill out a release granting SJMC permission to use these materials to promote our scholarship program to future applicants. Participation in this promotion program is completely voluntary.
What if I have additional questions or need assistance with the online application?
For technical assistance with the WiSH scholarship application online hub, contact email@example.com. Someone from the financial aid office will return your inquiry promptly, to guide you through any questions you may have about the online application.
For all other questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and someone from the SJMC scholarship committee will get back to you as soon as possible.