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 $500 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 consists of a short essay, two letters of recommendation, and a LinkedIn profile or resume. All materials (including letters of recommendation) must be submitted by March 15, 2019.

Application Form

  • Essay: Commitment to a Career in Communications or Media

    Identify the career you have chosen and the reasons for your choice. How are you preparing now to meet the goals you have set? Address why you are deserving of this scholarship, both academically and financially (E.g. your major, extracurricular activities, internships, professional work experience, community service and volunteer work, and any other activities that demonstrate your abilities and/or career potential).
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Letters of Recommendation

    Two (2) letters of recommendation are required for the application; one must be from a college instructor. Letters should be sent directly from recommender to the scholarship committee via and must be received by April 1, 2019.

    Provide a link to your LinkedIn profile *OR* fill in details of your resume in the fields below.Any iInformation clearly detailed on your LinkedIn profile does not need to be duplicated below, but feel free to add more info or additional details.
  • Education

    Provide your academic information below. If your college education includes multiple schools, please add information in the "Other College(s)..." field.
  • (Institution name, major, semester hours completed, major hours completed, and overall GPA).
  • Work Experience

  • (Company name, supervisor name and title, supervisor email, company phone, job title, dates of employment, and duties).
  • Activities and Involvement

    Please list any other extracurricular activities you are involved in including: campus organizations/groups, internships, volunteer service, etc. Include any offices or committee positions held and duration of involvement. If you provided a link to your LinkedIn profile above, no need to duplicate information here.
  • Honors and Accolades

    List all academic and non-academic distinctions, honors, and/or awards and the date of receipt. If you provided a link to your LinkedIn profile above, no need to duplicate information here.
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    I understand that the educational and financial information requested on this application is confidential and will be kept confidential by Women Communicators of Austin. 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.

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.

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