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Welcome to the undergraduate scholarship page for the Department of Communication Arts.  The scholarships listed below are made possible thanks to gifts from alumni and friends of the department. The Communication Arts Department expresses its gratitude for their support in recognizing the achievements of our undergraduates.

Applicant Criteria:

  • These scholarships are available to students who have been admitted to the Communication Arts major and will be continuing their studies in the fall. 
  • Spring applicants to the major are not eligible. 
  • See specific awards for additional criteria and information.

Questions? Please contact Mary Rossa.

Application Information

 Applications and recommendations, if applicable, are due March 12, 2017.

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Scholarships for this Program

Scholarships Descriptions
This is a ground-floor look inside a television network that very few ever get to see. This internship will be based in the Program Planning and Scheduling Department at CBS Television in Los Angeles. This department decides time periods for...
This is a ground-floor look inside a television network that very few ever get to see. This internship will be based in the Program Planning and Scheduling Department at CBS Television in Los Angeles. This department decides time periods for all CBS television programs, specials and movies, and shapes the schedule for the entire CBS television network. Our department is the hub for programming information at CBS and as such, we work with comedy and drama development, current programming, late night, research, daytime, media relations, sales, marketing, owned stations, affiliate relations, CBS news and CBS sports on a daily basis. Our hope is that this internship would give the selected student the opportunity to see a broad cross section of a television network and spend time in some of the departments listed above. While you need not have a specific area of interest within the television industry, hopefully television in general is near the top of your career choices.
This one-time summer internship with a scholarship funded through the Communication Arts Alumni Internship Fund is for a junior or senior who has been admitted to the Communication Arts major. May graduates may apply, if they haven't completed Comm Arts 614 and 615. <br><br> Applicants should demonstrate not only an interest in pursuing a career in tv, but a real love of television programming. (Essentially CBS is looking for a tv junkie -- someone who has strong opinions about tv series and several favorite shows.) Preference given to applicants with prior media-related (tv, radio, film) internships or experience.While CBS plans to offer steady guidance, the intern should also be able to work somewhat independently at times. A car or personal transportation isn't required, but it would open up additional opportunities, such as attending table reads and show tapings. The intern will work 37 1/2 - 40 hours per week for 6-8 weeks, starting mid-June. Academic credit is required. <br><br>
The donor, Charline M. Wackman, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1918 with a major in Speech.
The donor, Charline M. Wackman, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1918 with a major in Speech.
This scholarship fund provides one-time awards to Wisconsin residents with junior or senior standing who have been admitted to the Communication Arts major. Scholarships are awarded for academic achievement (cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher), a superior project proposal, and service to the Communication Arts Department and its mission. Past recipients may apply.
The Charline M. Wackman Awards for Summer Session are available to Communication Arts majors who are enrolled in at least one, three credit Communication Arts course through the UW-Madison campus during the 2017 summer session. To be eligible to apply,...
The Charline M. Wackman Awards for Summer Session are available to Communication Arts majors who are enrolled in at least one, three credit Communication Arts course through the UW-Madison campus during the 2017 summer session. To be eligible to apply, students must be "bona fide residents of the State of Wisconsin," continuing in the fall, have junior or senior standing, and a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater. Students may apply for both a summer session award and a fall award.
The Heinlein Family established this fund in honor of their son who was pursuing communication arts as a major at the time of his tragic death. Their hope is that "another young man or a young woman from the...
The Heinlein Family established this fund in honor of their son who was pursuing communication arts as a major at the time of his tragic death. Their hope is that "another young man or a young woman from the East Coast with Chris's qualities ---joie de vivre, love of family and friends, creativity, humor, and kindness---will have the chance to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison and graduate with a degree in Communication Arts with the help of the Christopher Neal Heinlein Memorial Scholarship Fund."
This scholarship fund provides one-time awards to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have been admitted to the Communication Arts major. Applicants should demonstrate the following character traits: good-natured, kind, personable, a sense of humor, hard working, and an interest in the arts. Academic and artistic achievement as well as financial need are considered. Preference will be given to students who come from urban areas of the east coast. Past recipients may apply.
Keith Harris Wyche was a 1989 graduate of the Communication Arts Department. This scholarship was set up in his honor by his parents, James H. and Karen F. Wyche, and his brothers, Gregory W. and Jonathan M. Wyche.
Keith Harris Wyche was a 1989 graduate of the Communication Arts Department. This scholarship was set up in his honor by his parents, James H. and Karen F. Wyche, and his brothers, Gregory W. and Jonathan M. Wyche.
This scholarship fund provides one-time awards to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have been admitted to the Communication Arts major and have at least a 2.8 GPA in their major coursework. Students from underrepresented populations or who have financial need will be given preference.
Scholarships marked with FAFSA required prior to awarding decisions in the list above require a completed Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for awarding decisions. To learn more about applying for financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.