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Click here to access the current application for all communication scholarships. The deadline to apply for the academic year 2018-2019 scholarships in communication is February 15, 2018.
The Looper Award has a separate application and deadline (see below).
The W.N. Looper Award 

The W.N. Looper Award is named in memory of W.N. Looper, who attended the College of Charleston in the 1940s. Mr. Looper was a decorated veteran of World War II and became an educator, coach, and mentor. The award was established to provide financial support for College of Charleston students majoring in either communication or political science who complete a summer internship on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The award may be used to support the student's living expenses during their time in Washington. A total of $3,000 will be awarded to one student. The application is now closed. The award recipient will be notified by February 15, 2018.


• Be majoring in communication or political science (but not limited to a particular class standing)

• Have financial need according to the College's Office of Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs

• Be a resident of South Carolina


Lindner Family Scholarships

The Department of Communication is proud to announce the establishment of the Lindner Family Scholarships.  S. Craig and Frances Lindner established these scholarships in honor of their daughter, Christine, a 2012 graduate of the Communication program. With one scholarship for students in each year of study in the program, the Lindners proudly support one of the College's top strategic priorities.  Students at all levels of the Communication curriculum, with interests in every area of the field, will benefit from the generosity of the Lindner family.  

First-Year Student: This scholarship is available to a student entering their first year at the College in Fall 2017 with a stated interest in Communication. Qualified applicants will demonstrate strong promise for a successful career in Communication. 

Second-Year Student: This scholarship is available to a student entering his/her second year at the College in Fall 2017 (27+ earned hours) majoring in Communication. Qualified applicants will maintain at least a 2.8 overall GPA and 3.0 major GPA and demonstrate great promise for a career in Communication.

Third-Year Student: This scholarship is available to a student entering his/her third year at the College in Fall 2017 (57+ earned hours) majoring in Communication. Qualified applicants will maintain at least a 2.8 overall GPA and 3.0 major GPA with a record of success in their academic and professional lives. Students who are active in their work, the major, and/or the College community are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. 

Fourth-Year Student: This scholarship is available to a student entering his/her fourthyear at the College in Fall 2017 (87+ earned hours) majoring in Communication. Qualified applicants will maintain at least a 2.8 overall GPA and 3.0 major GPA and will demonstrate significant engagement in communication-related activity at the College and/or the community.


Mary Ramsay and Charlie Hall Memorial Scholarships 

These scholarships are available to incoming freshmen who have a strong interest in the field of communication. With some variations from scholarship to scholarship, these awards are based on academic merit.

Collateral materials are accepted but not required. Transfer students with 35 or fewer hours also can be considered when the Hall scholarship is available. The Hall scholarship is renewable and may not be available for the next academic year. 

The Charleston Advertising Federation/Ken Adkins Memorial Scholarship  

The Charleston Advertising Federation/Ken Adkins Memorial Scholarship has been formed to honor the memory of James Kenneth (Ken) Adkins Jr. Ken was truly a student of the broadcasting industry. Born in Tennessee in 1955, he graduated in three short years from The University of Tennessee with a major of Broadcasting Management from the College of Communications. 

After a series of positions in advertising sales at local radio and television stations in the Carolinas, he became an account executive at Katz Televisions in Charlotte, and later Atlanta, working with advertising and spot sales on the national level. After a fast start to a successful career, Ken decided it was time to settle with his family in a city he loved dearly—Charleston, South Carolina. 

He accepted a position as General Sales Manager with local station WCIV, an NBC affiliate. He immediately became an active member of the local advertising community by joining the Charleston Advertising Federation. He was elected to its board and later became its Treasurer, looking forward to many years of service to an organization he truly loved. On July 19, 1989 at the age of 34, Ken was killed in the crash of United Air Lines Flight 232 while returning home from an NBC sales meeting in Breckenridge, Colorado. Ken is survived by a wife, Lea Ann, and two sons, Jeff and Andy Adkins. 

At the time of his death, Ken’s family wanted to honor his memory in a meaningful way—an honor that could offer benefit and opportunity to others while giving his life and its memory a presence in Charleston for years to come. A scholarship for a deserving student at the College of Charleston is the finest way to memorialize this person who loved his career and all the opportunities it afforded him, in a place he considered a little piece of heaven on earth. 

The recipient of this scholarship should always remember the dedication Ken gave to his own education, as well as his well-ordered outlook on life that allowed him to fully enjoy his work, his family, and his many accomplishments—even at such a young age. He was very proud of his community and his profession, and his enthusiasm for both was evident in all he did. 

Advanced students:

John and Kathleen Rivers Foundation Scholarship

The John and Kathleen Rivers Scholarship was established by the Ingram, Lewine, Patton and Rivers Families to recognize and honor his leadership and accomplishments in the communication profession.  Mr. Rivers, a College of Charleston Alumnus, began his professional career in broadcasting in 1937 when he became president of the South Carolina Broadcasting Company.  Among his many contributions and accomplishments to the field of communication is the endowment to establish the John Rivers Communication Museum at the College of Charleston.  It is the only communications museum recognized both by the Antique Wireless Association and the Smithsonian.  His interest helped support the initiation of the Communication major at the College of Charleston. The scholarship goes to a declared Communication major with a strong record of leadership and good citizenship, and strong record of academic achievement who has demonstrated excellence/service outside the classroom.

This scholarship is generally awarded (but not limited to) to juniors or seniors, and is renewable.

Karen Avenoso Award

This award was created so that Karen Avenoso's memory might inspire students to set their sights high and to enable them to experience - and afford - opportunities that could actualize their dreams. 

Karen dreamed of becoming a writer from the time she was ten years old.  Although her studies directed her toward Victorian Literature – at  Dartmouth College and then at Oxford University - she never wavered from her dream.  Her first opportunity to realize that dream came through an internship at The Post and Courier in 1991.  Through the contacts she made there, and the on-the-job education she got here in Charleston, she was able to move on to the New York Daily News, and, ultimately, to The Boston Globe, where she served as the Education Reporter. 

During the 'in-between' times, she never wavered in her ambitions;  she free-lanced at major publications such as Glamour Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, Newsday, Elle Magazine, and others.  Writing was her passion, and she was determined to succeed through hard work and perseverance. Students with professional interests in journalism and a passion for writing are encouraged to apply for this award.

This award is made to a student with junior or senior standing in the Communication major. 

South Carolina residents only:

South Carolina Cable Television Foundation Scholarship

The South Carolina Cable Television Foundation Scholarship is awarded to a top Communication major from the state of South Carolina. Entering and continuing students are eligible for this scholarship.

The contents of this Web page are subject to change without notice. More specific descriptions of these scholarships and awards are available from the Department of Communication. Some scholarships and awards are not available during every academic year. New scholarships and awards may be added to this list during the academic year.

Non-CofC Scholarship Opportunities

The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) will award 100 scholarships in 2018 in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Of the 100, 60 undergraduate ethnically diverse minority undergraduate students will receive scholarships of $2,000 each and 40 graduate students will receive scholarships of $3,250 each. Students must be attending four-year accredited institutions in the U.S. and majoring in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations.

Program Description:

  • The scholarship recipients will receive a trip to New York or San Francisco where they will participate in career building activities. This includes a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, two day-long career development workshops and a scholarship & donor recognition reception. During these activities, students will have the opportunity to meet industry professionals, network and gain exposure to the advertising, marketing and public relations world.

TLF accepts applications from undergraduate students (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors ONLY) and graduate students.

Undergraduate students can find additional information about our scholarship here.

Graduate students can find additional information about our scholarship here.