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 An MPS in BIC will expand your skills, stretch your mind, and enhance your value in the marketplace. As a degree that leads directly to professional employment, the BIC MPS is more expensive than other graduate degrees at City College. Worth it? We think so. But even with CUNY's relatively affordable tuition rates, getting an advanced degree is still a costly undertaking. 

Here are ways to offset those costs.


BIC Program Opportunities


The AD Club of New York BIC Scholarship

For students admitted in Fall 2014:  $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to two outstanding graduate students (class of 2016) who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled in the Master of Professional Studies program in Branding + Integrated Communications (BIC).  Students must be in the Management/ Planning or Creative track and have a desire to pursue a career in advertising. Awards will be announced after acceptance into the program and applied to tuition upon enrollment in the Fall 2014 semester. Recipients of this scholarship will also get access to and support from the extensive professional network managed by the AD Club of New York -- an invaluable opportunity to expand your experience and jumpstart your career. Application form with detailed criteria and deadlines can be downloaded here


The 4A's Pre-Professional Scholarship Fund for BIC Students

For students accepted in Fall 2014: Students in the Management/Planning or Creative track have the opportunity to receive scholarships and/or pre-professional stipends based on either demonstrated financial need or interest in attending a conference or other pre-professional event which requires extra funding. Interested students must be accepted and enrolled in the program. More information on how to apply will be posted shortly. 


Research Assistantships 

Please see the RESEARCH section for paid opportunities to work on research currently active in the program. 


Relevant Scholarships at CCNY for BIC Students


The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership runs a number of student fellowships and programs available to graduate students at the City College of New York. Interested students can follow this link for more information: /socialsciences/student-resources


General Scholarship Opportunities for Graduate Students in Communications 


Patrick Kelly Scholarship

This fund was established by Euro RSCG/New York in honor of the late Patrick Kelly, with the intention of recognizing the accomplishments and potential of an aspiring young creative. The recipient is chosen on the merits of his or her application, portfolio, and teacher recommendations, and will be awarded a grant of $2,000 at the Young Ones Student Awards Ceremony at the 2013 Young Ones Education Festival, to be held on May 7th in New York City.  

Eligibility: This scholarship is awarded to students who are enrolled in college or advertising schools at the time of submission, and who intend to pursue a career in the advertising industry. Potential Copywriters and Art Directors are encouraged to apply. 

DEADLINE: April. Applications are available on The One Club site. Materials include: completed application form. Two letters of recommendations, images of 3-5 ads from your portfolio, and an essay.


The Bill Bernbach Diversity Scholarship Fund

Established in April 1998 by DDB Worldwide to recognize excellence in creative disciplines, talented diverse students are awarded $5,000 each year. The scholarships are awarded to students based on outstanding creative talent.

The scholarship program is funded by DDB Worldwide Communications Group, Inc. and it's employees, Omnicom, and outside donors. It is administered by AAAA Foundation, Inc., a charitable institution founded and operated in collaboration with the American Association of Advertising Agencies. 

Eligibility: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian-American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific, or Hispanic, are within 18 months of graduation, are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States, are full-time student.

DEADLINE: End of October


4A’s Multicultural Advertising Internship Program

Through the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP), students work at prestigious advertising agencies on various accounts, interact with advertising professionals on a day-to-day basis, and gain valuable professional credential that can help better position themselves in the marketplace.

Students selected for the annual 10-week paid summer internship program, which runs from early June to mid-August, will hone their skills in one of the following advertising disciplines: Account Management | Art Direction | Broadcast Production | Copywriting | Digital/Interactive Design | Internet Marketing | Media Buying | Media Planning | Project Management | Public Relations | Social Media | Strategic/Account Planning

Eligibility: Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Multiracial or Multiethnic (e.g., Hispanic and Black); A citizen or permanent resident of the United States (visas are not accepted); Currently a college junior, senior, or graduate student at any accredited, degree-granting college or university, or a student attending an established portfolio school (including fall 2012 and spring 2013 graduates); Maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0. -- College juniors, seniors or second-year graduate or portfolio school students must meet the GPA requirement at the time the application is submitted. First-semester graduate students or transfer students must meet the GPA requirement with their Fall semester grades. Proof of GPA must be submitted via an official college transcript upon request. Able to show your passion to kick start a career in advertising through your essays.

DEADLINE: Mid-November


Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family. Includes a maintenance grant of $20,000 (paid in two installments) and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the US graduate program attended by the Fellow (up to a maximum of $16,000 per academic year). 

DEADLINE: November 1


Ornelas Minority Scholarship

Eligibility: Student must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree and be a qualified American citizen who has proven Latino heritage with at least one parent or grandparent of Latino heritage. Student must have participated in or be a AAAA MAIP (Multicultural Advertising Intern Program) Hispanic Intern in good standing. An essay of 250-500 words on the following topic "As a Latino I value ganas (passion), adelante (progress), Latino pride and diversity by…" must be submitted. Stipend: $5,000



Operation Jumpstart III

Through the AAAA Foundation, Operation Jumpstart scholarships are granted to students of diverse ethnic backgrounds at post-graduate portfolio schools in an effort to increase the diversity of art directors and copywriters in the advertising industry.



ANA Multicultural Excellence Fund 

Since 2003, the Association of National Advertisers has provided up to two MAIP interns with a one time scholarship of $2,500 to continue their education in the advertising field.


Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship

Annual awards for undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time at a postsecondary institution majoring in Advertising Art Direction, Animation, Architecture, Cartooning, Crafts, Environmental Graphics, Film/Theater Design,Film/Video, Fine Arts, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial/Product Design, Interior Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, New Media, Photography, Surface/Textile Design, or Urban Planning.

Eligibility: Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA, be U.S. citizens/ permanent residents, and have financial need. Consideration given to minority students. Number of awards may vary. A personal statement must be included with application packet. Nonrenewable; recipients may reapply. Value $5,000.

DEADLINE: April 13th


Lagrant Foundation Scholarships

THE LAGRANT FOUNDATION annually provides 15 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations. The foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations by providing scholarships, career development workshops, professional development, mentors and internships to African American, American Indian/Native American, Asian Pacific American and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students. 

DEADLINE: February


The New York Women in Communications Foundation

In addition to general scholarships, the NYWICI also presents sponsored or named scholarships each year, some of which come with internships. Eligibility:  1) graduate student pursuing a career in communication. Students should be majoring  or pursuing an advanced degree in a communications-related field including, but not limited to, advertising, broadcasting, communications, English, film, journalism, marketing, digital media, or public relations at an accredited college/university in the U.S.  2) Have an overall GPA of 3.2 or better  3) Graduate students applying and past scholarship winners who are reapplying must be NYWICI members in good standing (i.e., dues for the current year paid in full before applying - no exceptions). 4) Those entering college or graduate school or transferring will have to provide verification of acceptance for the 2013-14 academic year to an accredited college/university in the U.S. If you have not received verification by the application deadline, you'll have to provide it as soon as possible, and no later than May 16.

Must be a U.S. citizen and have a permanent residence in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania OR be a college student currently enrolled in a school located within the 5 boroughs of New York City.


The Foundation awards 15-20 scholarships each year, generally in the amount of $2,500, $5,000 or $10,000 each.

Esperanza Scholarship Awarded to a student of Hispanic heritage pursuing the dream of a career in communications. 

Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship and internship from Scholastic Awarded to a student interested in communications and media relations who is able to fulfill a paid internship at the company’s New York City headquarters during summer 2013.

McGraw-Hill Companies Scholarship Awarded to a student interested in corporate communications and public relations. 

Meredith Scholarship Awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career in publishing (print, digital and /or marketing) and who has completed the sophomore year in college. Includes a summer internship in the Communications Department working on corporate and editorial CSR programs for college credit. 

New York Women in Communications Alumna Award of Excellence Awarded to a previous scholarship winner who is dedicated to strengthening NYWICI and has shown outstanding growth as a student since she first became a recipient. This scholarship is supported by the fund-raising efforts of previous scholarship winners.

WEtv Scholarship Awarded to a student pursuing a career in broadcast production.


Ketchum Excellence in PR Research Award 

The purpose of the award is to promote, foster and assist in the development of new research methods in public relations, focusing specific attention on measuring public relations effectiveness. The resulting research paper will be published on the Institute website.

$7,500 ten-week public relations research internship with Ketchum in New York City during the summer of 2013. Intern will report to Mary Elizabeth Germaine, Senior Vice President. The successful candidate will work an average of a 40-hour workweek with Ketchum Global Research & Analytics on a variety of assignments. These assignments will be for current or prospective Ketchum Research clients, and will be structured to provide a broad array of experience for the intern.  At the end of this experience, the Fellow will produce a research paper intended for practitioners, although others relevant to the furtherance of PR measurement and evaluation at Ketchum will be considered. The Fellow will receive a $2,500 stipend for the research paper after it has been accepted for publication by IPR.

IPR recommends the following topics:  What drives choice and changes behavior? Organizational communication; A broader context for social networking and what it means; Restoring reputation in an environment of extremely low trust; Models to predict the probability of public relationship outcomes. 

Eligibility: Graduate students majoring in public relations, communications, business, or research who have completed at least one year of study towards a Masters or Ph.D. degree and one research methodology course. Fluency in English is required. - See more at:

DEADLINE: February


Grunig PRIME Research Fellowship

$5000 + lodging + 6-week internship at PRIME USA HQ in Ann Arbor. This award supports and encourages graduate student interest in applied public relations research as a career opportunity. The Fellow will work at PRIME Research’s Ann Arbor, MI, offices for six weeks in the summer following the end of the academic year to learn more about public relations research including data collection, data analysis, interpretation of research results and consultation. The Fellow will be responsible for carrying out work as assigned by his or her supervisor along with other tasks to be determined in advance of the  Fellowship. In exchange for the above, the Fellow will be awarded a $5,000 stipend along     with free walk-to-work lodging. At the end of this experience, the Fellow will produce a research paper intended for practitioners. See above fellowship for IPR recommended topics.  The Fellow will receive a $2,500 stipend for the research paper after it has been accepted for publication by IPR.  The Fellow will be recognized at IPR’s Annual  Distinguished Lecture & Awards Dinner on November 21, 2013.

Eligibility: Graduate students in public relations, communications or business who are studying in the United States. Applicants must have completed at least one year of study toward a graduate degree, and at least one methodology course in research methods (e.g., survey, content analysis, experimental design, etc.). Additional requirements include: basic knowledge of statistics, computer and internet proficiency, fluency in English (written and spoken), and appropriate legal status to work in the US in such a Fellowship position. 

DEADLINE: February


Chester Burger Scholarship for Excellence in Public Relations

$1,000 For grad students. Eligibility: Candidates must be enrolled or continuing in a graduate studies degree program in public relations, journalism or related fields, effective fall 2013. Candidates must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4. Candidates do not have to be a PRSSA member to apply. The award may be used at any U.S. college or university offering a graduate program in public relations or related field. Entries will be judged by a committee of three senior public relations professionals, each of whom will represent one of the three founding organizations for this award.

Deadline: June


Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Member Scholarships & Awards 
Each year PRSSA and its sponsors give away nearly $20,000 to winners in national scholarship and awards competitions. Information and application materials for all scholarship and award programs are sent from national headquarters to PRSSA chapter faculty advisors according to the schedule listed on the PRSSA calendar. These materials are available to all PRSSA members. All scholarship, award, and competition information is also available in the PRSSA Chapter Handbook.

To become a PRSSA member, contact The CCNY Chapter Info:




Arab Student Aid International (ASAI)
The Executive Committee of ASAI has approved scholarship interest-free loans for needy and outstanding Arab students to pursue their higher education in the U.S., Europe and other countries for the academic year 2009/2010 so that they can play a dynamic role in the social, cultural and economic development of their homelands. The scholarship loans range from $1,000 to $5,000 per academic year, to partially cover the tuition, room and board expenses provided that candidates met all the requirements before applying.

DEADLINE: September

Asian Cultural Council

Fellowships available for Asian artists, scholars, and specialists to conduct research, study, receive specialized training, or pursue creative activity in the United States. Some grants are also made to Americans pursuing similar activities in Asia and to educational and cultural institutions engaged in projects of special significance to Asian-American exchange.

Eastern European Peoples Foundation

Dedicated to providing scholarships to the children of Eastern Europe.

Edupass: Smart Student Guide to Studying in the USA

How much does a US education cost, and how will you pay for it? Find the answers here, plus the best sources of financial aid for international students, and a whole lot more. Be sure to check the following sections: Schools with Financial Aid for International Undergraduate Students. Financial Aid for International Students, and Loans for International Students.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship for Women
Believing that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding, members of the P.E.O. Sisterhood provide grants-in-aid for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States or Canada. The maximum grant awarded to a student is $5,000 annually. Recipients may re-apply and receive the scholarship for a maximum of three years. Eligibility: An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study, working towards a graduate degree in the college or university of her choice in the United States or Canada. Eligibility form must be completed before application materials can be sent to applicants. For more information, contact P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund, P.E.O. Executive Office, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312-2899, USA

DEADLINE: January 31 

Scholarships for Arabic Students Studying in the United States
A compilation by the Arab American Institute.

Scholarships for Students of Ukranian Ancestry or Citizenship




(Bill) Raskob Foundation
A small family foundation set up to give deserving students undergraduate and graduate loans with no interest. It funds over one hundred applicants a year.

(Evalee C.) Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education

A trust created to give 0% interest loans to deserving graduate and undergraduate students.


ONLINE DIRECTORIES (for further, personalized research):


General College Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships : Undergraduate and Graduate Education
An outstanding resource on the internet created and maintained by Francisco Alberto Tomei Torres, Ph.D.

HigherEd Financial Aid for Graduate Students Funding Directory. It has a collection of many scholarships for graduate students including funding to complete your thesis / dissertations.


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