The Department of Communication has several scholarship opportunities for students.

Wayne N. Thompson Scholar Award

The Wayne N. Thompson Scholar Award is awarded to an undergraduate student. $500.00 is awarded in the Fall and Spring Semesters of each academic year. The student must be a declared Communication major with at least 90 semester hour scompleted, and an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher. 2011 Thompson Scholars

Students meeting these criteria will be determined by the Communication Departmental Wayne N. Thompson Endowment Committee and invited to apply. The applications are screened and selected by the committee. The deadline for application is determined each Fall and Spring. An eligible student who has received the award previously may apply again.

The Fall Semester recipient is recognized at the Foundation Scholars’ Recognition Ceremony in the Fall. The Spring Semester recipient is recognized at the annual Wayne N. Thompson Lecture in the Spring.

To inquire about the scholarship, please contact:

Chair, Thompson Committee
Memorial Hall 302
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL 61455

Undergraduate Research Scholarship

The Undergraduate Research Scholarship was established in August 2007 as an annual scholarship to reward excellence in undergraduate research in the field of communication. The scholarship was established by a faculty member in the WIU Communication Department to reward students who achieve excellence in undergraduate research. Thomas E. Helm Undergraduate Research Day

Two $500 annual awards are available. Either or both of the awards may be split and given to two deserving candidates. Teams of undergraduate research students may apply when submitting their research project collaboration.

Candidates must be a communication major or minor; have junior standing (60-90 credit hours completed at the time of application) and in good academic standing; and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Recipients are selected by the Department of Communication Thompson Committee.

Applications must be received by the deadline set each year by the department, generally mid to late April. Contact the Department of Communication for specific deadline dates each year.

To inquire about the scholarships, please contact:

Department of Communication
Memorial Hall 302
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL 61455

Learn about other available scholarships at the WIU Scholarship Website