The School of Communication offers assistance to students in two forms: graduate assistantships and scholarships. Read more about both types of financial aid below.
Assistantships are open to graduate students only. Students who receive assistantships are given tuition waivers and a monthly stipend. All graduate students who are admitted to the program are considered for assistantship, but funds are limited. Students who apply early, usually by March 1st for fall admissions, stand a greater chance of receiving funding.
Duties: Teaching Assistants provide faculty support for a specific course including grading, leading discussions, and lecturing.
Examples of the types of courses a student might assist with include Fundamentals of Speech, Public Speaking, Principles of Advertising, Mass Media Law, Communication and the Internet , Elements of Film, Introduction to the Mass Media, Introduction to Public Relations, Media Techniques, and Elements of Broadcasting.
Application Process: None. All students admitted to a graduate program are automatically considered for school assistantships. In assigning assistantships, we consider students’ academic performance, language and writing competency, as well as preparedness to assist the department.
Duties: The School of Communication has been successful in winning contracts and grants that allow students to work with faculty on research projects. Duties vary.
Application Process: None. All students admitted to a graduate program are automatically considered for school assistantships. In assigning assistantships, we consider students’ academic performance, language and writing competency, as well as preparedness to assist the department. These opportunities may be discussed with the school director.
Merit and Need Scholarships
The School of Communication invite applications for student scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to full-time students who are majors in the Florida State University School of Communication. Qualified students may apply for multiple scholarships but, most often, will receive only one per year. It is university policy that all scholarship recipients must prepare a letter of appreciation to the donor with a copy to the department before any funds are disbursed.
Please note: Scholarships will be awarded in the fall semester and may cause an adjustment to financial aid award packages. Students are responsible for consulting the Financial Services Office to determine if their awards will be affected by any additional funds.
Applications will be accepted at the between August 15, 2016, and September 9, 2016. One copy of the application package must be completed, and may be checked (“X”) to indicate consideration for multiple awards — only check awards for which you are eligible (please review the qualifications carefully). Your application package must include:
- A completed student information form and scholarship list indicating the scholarships requested (Application Form)
- A written statement, not exceeding two pages double-spaced, outlining why you are applying for one or more specific scholarships, your qualifications for the scholarship(s), how you intend to use the funding and a clear indication of your financial need. Please consult the scholarship information sheet that is attached to the “Application Form.”
- An official or unofficial copy of your FSU transcript
- A resume
- A portfolio or video (only if required)
The application materials should be arranged in the order listed above. Incomplete packages will not be considered.
All recipients must be full-time currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students in the Florida State University School of Communication. You may apply for any scholarships for which you are eligible; however, successful applicants most often receive only one scholarship per year. Successful applicants will need to complete a letter to the donors prior to fund disbursement. They will be also be invited to attend the Scholarship Reception.
Materials should be sent to:
School of Communication
University Center Building C, Suite 3100
P.O. Box 3062664
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2664