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 $85,000 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.

2023 Scholarship applications open October 1, 2022. Applications are due by midnight on March 15, 2023.

Scholarships will be awarded at WCA’s annual Banner Brunch in spring of 2023.


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Thank you for your interest in Women Communicators of Austin's Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship. Our 2022 application is now closed. The 2023 application will be available in October of 2022.

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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