December 16, 2019


Getting yourself into communications can be a very exciting journey.  The world of communications will take you into media, radio, and even sports.  The opportunities for getting into this major are vast, but the problem is that with so many students signing up, it can be a bit competitive.  That is one reason why it is crucial for you to PLAN AHEAD with this major.  You do not want to get three years into your major, only to realize that you are in the wrong minor, or that you should have taken other communications opportunities.  It is important to note that the cream rises to the top, and if you want to get there, there is nothing stopping you.


Opportunities With a Cost

One of the biggest reasons why it is important for you to know what direction you want to take your career is because this will give you the ability to search for jobs before or during your college studies.  When you do this, it will allow you to do several things:

  • The first of which is that you will have a job waiting for you when you get out.  After graduation, the scramble for the HR offices is a bit disturbing.  So, your best way to ensure that you can pay those darn school loans is to keep your GPA up and track down employment early on.  You can usually accomplish this by getting an internship.
  • Make sure you start at the beginning and work your way up.  There are only a few students in the entire industry that got face time on the TV or voice time on the Radio directly after college.  That means that it is important for you to start early off the bat, while you are still in school.
  • Here’s the kicker: If you do this, then there is a huge chance that your place of employment will pay for the years that you are in school and working for them, and they might even reimburse you for the first parts.

Through the knowledge that other students have provided, it seems pretty apparent that the best scholarships and employment opportunities will arrive to you by your sophomore year.  If you can get a decent internship, then there is a good chance that your schooling will be taken care of.


Of course, in the mean time, it is always a good idea to get whatever money you can.  There are many organizations out there that are willing to give you money for being an excellent student.


Various Scholarships of Benefit

The Ann Arbor AWC Scholarship for Women in Computing

Each year the Ann Arbor chapter of the Association for Women in Computing (AWC), awards one or more scholarships through the AWC Scholarship Fund for Women in Computing held at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF).

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

Applicants for the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarships must:
– Be a graduating senior from a public high school in the county of King, Pierce or Snohomish in the state of Washington in the year of appointment
– Be a United States citizen
– Plan to attend a college in the state of Washington on a full-time basis

ExCEL Computing Scholarships

Awards are $5,000 per year (and for graduate students also nine credits of tuition remission, valued at over $7,000). Note that this award can be combined with other financial aid granted by Loyola, which is typically substantial at the undergraduate level.

Eligible degree programs are: B.S. in bioinformatics, communications networks and security, computer science, computer science and mathematics, computer science and physics, information technology or software development, and M.S. in computer science, software technology or information technology.

BECA, Inc. Edna R. Anthony Memorial Scholarship

Candidates for the BECA, Inc. Edna R. Anthony Memorial Scholarship must:

– Be enrolled as a high school senior and maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.
– Plan to attend a historically black college or university and declare a major in criminal justice, journalism/communications or nursing/healthcare.
– Submit a 1000 word essay on “Why I want to pursue a career in one of the following areas of study: criminal justice, journalism or nursing”