Since 1989, WCA has donated more than $75,000 to support 50+ students in Central Texas via its scholarship efforts. Over the years, the organization has awarded scholarships worth up to $3,500 to support future communicators; every year scholarships are awarded at our annual Banner Brunch.

WCA funds scholarship programs through a portion of membership dues, event ticket prices, and private donations. View the list of past scholarship recipients.


How to Apply

Eligible Central Texas college students are encouraged to apply for the Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time student currently enrolled with a minimum of 12 hours
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completed minimum of 30 hours of coursework
  • Demonstrated career commitment in communications or media
  • Enrolled in a Central Texas college or university

The Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship application requires completion of an essay, a letter of recommendation, transcripts, and a LinkedIn profile.

Scholarship applications are now open and are due by 5pm on March 15. Scholarships will be awarded at Banner Brunch on May 1, 2021.


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  • Eligibility

    In order to be considered for the WCA Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements: 30 Credit Hours Completed, Minimum 3.0 GPA, actively enrolled Full-Time, Central Texas College Student (min of 12 semester hours) during the term the scholarship is awarded.
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    Please upload documentation confirming 30 completed credit hours and a minimum 3.0 GPA. Unofficial transcripts website screenshots are acceptable.
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    Please upload your current class schedule and, where applicable, your next semester's class schedule. This document must include your name. Website screenshots are acceptable.
  • Essay

    Identify the career you have chosen, the reasons for your choice and why you are deserving of this scholarship. ESSAY MUST INCLUDE A STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL NEED. How are you preparing now to meet the goals you have set? How have you demonstrated your abilities and/or career potential? For Example: Major, extracurricular activities, internships, professional work experience, community service and volunteer work How are you currently paying for college? Why are you seeking financial aid? How would you benefit from the WCA scholarship?
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please submit your essay as a PDF with the following file name format: [First, Last Name] - 2020 WCA Scholarship.
  • Letter of Recommendation

    One (1) letter of recommendation from a college instructor is required for the applicant. Recommender must provide an example of the applicant being a promising young communicator. Recommender must send their letter directly to the scholarship committee at Deadline to submit: March 1, 2021.
  • LinkedIn Profile

    Provide a link to your LinkedIn profile with the following sections completed: Education - include all colleges and/or universities; Work or Internship Experience; Activities and Involvement - campus organizations and extracurriculars, volunteer and community service; Honors and Accolades - academic and non-academic distinctions, honors and/or awards with the date of receipt.
  • Consent

    I understand that the educational and financial information requested on this application is confidential and Women Communicators of Austin will maintain the confidentiality of this information to the extent it can. I attest that to the best of my knowledge, all information on this form is complete and accurate. Further, I understand that in order to receive this scholarship I must meet the eligibility requirements, including being enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a career in the field of communications and registered for at least 12 semester hours during the term the scholarship is awarded.
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jocaldwellmeyerWCA awards the Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship to at least one deserving undergrad student every year. A treasured community leader and member of WCA for 24 years, Jo Caldwell Meyer was the national executive secretary of Theta Sigma Phi, the professional society for women in communication, and predecessor to Women Communicators of Austin.

Jo began her work at the University of Texas School of Journalism as an administrative assistant and served as executive assistant of the College of Communication until she retired in 1965. Jo passed away on December 27, 2001 at the age of 91.

Our organization dedicated the scholarship in her name in the spring of 2002. Learn more about WCA’s history.