Communication majors are encouraged to apply for scholarships offered by the Department, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the University, as well as outside the University, to support their studies, internships, and study abroad experiences. Some scholarships consider mainly academic merit, while others consider a variety of factors, including but not limited to financial need and the application essay.

All your scholarships. All in one place.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) has implemented an exciting and convenient new system, Academic Works, which automatically matches you with the scholarships you’re eligible for. These include scholarships offered through SBS, Commonwealth Honors College, CICS, the Alumni Association, financial aid, and your major department. By spring 2019, all scholarships offered at UMass will be in the Academic Works Platform.

You can enroll in Academic Works at any time in your college career. We recommend building your profile as soon as possible; you can update it throughout your time at UMass. Enroll now and check back frequently to upload your additional experiences and check to see for what else you might quality. This tip sheet provides support for building and expanding your profile. 

How to enroll and apply

1. Go to the Academic Works webpage and sign in with your UMass Net ID and password.

2. Complete the General Application. Once you do this, you’ll see all the scholarships you qualify for. Once you do this, you’ll see any supplemental applications for your major(s). Completing the supplemental applications will qualify you for additional scholarships.

3. Click on a scholarship link and upload supplementary documents (resumes, letters from faculty, etc., depending on the award)

4. Submit your application and see your dashboard, which shows you the status of any pending and submitted applications. 

If you have questions, please email

Enroll in Academic Works

Elaine E. Nord Internship Fund for Creative Communications

The Department of Communication offers the Elaine E. Nord Internship Fund for Creative Communications, a funding opportunity designed to help offset a Communication student's summer internship expenses.

SBS Scholarships

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) has a number of scholarships for which Communication majors may apply. The following scholarship is geared towards Communication majors:

  • Scott J. Bacherman Internship Award: One $3,000 award will support a student of any major in SBS who has secured an internship in media fields such as, but not limited to, print, broadcast, convergent, digital, emerging or cross platform; or those who have secured internships in journalism, sports, entertainment or public relations. Preference will be given to students who have experience, paid or unpaid, in campus media including but not limited to WMUA, TV19, Daily Collegian or Amherst Wire. Eligible recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have demonstrated financial need as determined by the financial aid office. Apply in Academic Works.

Communication majors have also been successful applying for other SBS awards, including the Spring Study Abroad Scholarship, and the Internship Award. See all SBS scholarships here.

University Scholarships 

The University provides information about university-wide scholarships and resources for researching scholarships beyond the campus.

The UMass Amherst Alumni Association funds a number of scholarships for which Communication majors may apply.

The International Programs Office maintains a list of university-wide scholarships for studying abroad.

The Commonwealth Honors College provides information about scholarships for both incoming and current Honors students. Some of CHC's listed scholarships are not limited to Honors students, so read the list carefully!