Eligibility & Qualifications

  • U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents who live in NY, NJ, CT, or PA
  • High school seniors who are permanent residents of and attend a high school in one of these states.


  • College undergraduate and graduate students who are permanent residents of one of these states 
  • College undergraduates must be full time and graduate students can be full time or part time
  • Graduate students must also be members of New York Women in Communications in good standing (i.e., dues for the current year paid in full before applying- no exceptions)

NOTE:  As long as they fulfill the permanent home residency requirements, applicants are eligible even if they attend or plan to attend an accredited U.S. college/university located outside of NY, NJ, CT, or PA .  This includes participation in a communications-related semester or quarter abroad if still registered at an accredited college/university in the U.S.

  • U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents who do not live in NY, NJ, CT, or PA but who are currently enrolled in a communications program at a college/university in New York state may apply.


An applicant must

  • be majoring, planning to declare a major, or pursuing an advanced degree in a communications-related field at an accredited college/university in the U.S. Communications-related fields include, but are not limited to, advertising, broadcasting, communications, digital media, English, film, journalism, marketing, public relations, or publishing.

  • have an overall GPA of 3.2 or better (or the recalculated high school equivalent of 87% or better)

  • be available for an in-person interview on March 12, 13 or 14, 2020. Remote interviews are not allowed.

  • If awarded, the scholarship funds must be used for the next academic year. We give the scholarship money directly to the school.

  • Recommendation Letters:
    1. If the letter is not on letterhead (strongly preferred), the writer must provide complete contact information. (phone, email, title).
    2. One must be from a faculty member from the applicant’s current institution (i.e., someone from whom the applicant has taken a class and can comment on coursework or an academic adviser. The exceptions are that a freshman can use a letter from a teacher from senior year in HS; a grad student can reach back to college.
    3. The second recommendation must be from the applicant’s supervisor for a job, internship or volunteer activity, the applicant’s athletic coach, the academic adviser of an extracurricular activity in which the applicant participates or the instructor from an outside class or course the applicant has taken.
  • Internship Eligibility:
    1. Recipients who apply for sponsored scholarships that have mandatory internships not only MUST be available to complete the internships but also must be required to notify us if their ability to do so changes at any point in the process. A recipient who fails to do so should be disqualified from receiving any scholarship from us and should not receive a free year’s membership.

Past scholarship winners who are reapplying must be NYWICI members in good standing (i.e., dues for the current year paid in full, if applicable). NOTE: No individual can receive the same named scholarship twice or more than two scholarships in total through NYWICI.