Scholarships

WCA’s vision is to advance the careers of future communicators, develop leaders of tomorrow, and strengthen our community of communicators. Offering scholarships to support our next generation is an important part of this vision.

Since 1989, WCA has donated more than $80,000 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*
    *Central Texas college or university is defined as being located in the 10-county Capital region in Central Texas including Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson Counties.

The Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship application requires completion of a short essay and a letter of recommendation. If you are a scholarship finalist, you may be asked to produce a transcript and confirm class enrollment.

2022 Scholarship applications open October 1, 2021. Applications are due by midnight on March 1, 2022.

Scholarships will be awarded at WCA’s annual Banner Brunch on April 23, 2022.

 

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2022 Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship Application

  • Eligibility

    To be considered for the WCA Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship, applicants must meet the following 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; and enrolled in a Central Texas college or university.* If selected as a scholarship finalist, you may be asked to produce a transcript and confirm class enrollment. *Central Texas college or university is defined as being located in the 10-county Capital region in Central Texas including Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson Counties.
  • Applicant Information

  • (minimum of 12 hours)
  • (minimum GPA of 3.0)
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    Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
    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 class schedule for next semester. This document must include your name. Website screenshots are acceptable.
  • Short Essay

    Describe challenges you have faced in completing your college education and pursuing a career in communications. What was your path to college? Why does a career in a communications field interest you? WCA awards the Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship to at least one deserving undergraduate student every year. Help us learn about you and the reasons you need this financial aid to pursue your career aspirations. ESSAY MUST INCLUDE A STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL NEED.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
    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 college or university faculty member OR professional reference 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 scholarships@wcaustin.org. Deadline to submit: March 1, 2022. More than one letter may be submitted.
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    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.
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  • Consent

    I understand that the educational and financial information requested on this application is confidential and Women Communicators of Austin (WCA) 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 current enrollment 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.
  • By entering my name here, I consent to the statement above and apply for the 2022 Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship.
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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.

WCA Past Presidents with Scholarship Recipients