Opportunities specifically for strategic communication students

The Missouri School of Journalism offers students merit- and need-based scholarships. For more information about the process of applying for those scholarships, see the Financial Aid and Scholarships section of the Journalism School website.
In addition to those scholarships available to all journalism students, there are two scholarships specifically awarded to strategic communication students:

Synor ScholarshipMooslyvania Outside the Lines Scholarship

Moosylvania Outside the Lines Scholarship


Are you a strategic communication student who’s taken an unusual path to your college experience? Do you have a take on the world that’s maybe three degrees off center? Are you the person who solves problems in shockingly surprising ways?

If you can answer “yes” to those questions, you may be eligible for the Moosylvania Outside the Lines Scholarship! If selected, you’ll receive $1,250 per year, renewable each year you are in strategic communication.

Applications for the scholarship are accepted each year between March 1 and 15. They can be emailed to Moosylvania at

It’s easy to apply. Send a communication of some kind that includes:

  1. Evidence of how you’re, well, different. Explain in 100 words or less.
  2. An example of your creativity. This can be a class assignment, a haiku, a website you created, a limerick, a ransom note, whatever. The only rules are that it must be brief and must not be offensive to normal people.
  3. Your resume.

Synor Scholarship


A Synor Scholarship recognizes exceptional students whose interests are in advertising, public relations, corporate communication and market research. It was made possible by a generous gift from the estate of Paul J. Synor, BJ ’42, who spent most of his life working in the creative department for advertising agencies in New York, Chicago, Toronto and London. The award specifies that recipients will study and conduct research in persuasion, advertising or strategic communication. Therefore, this scholarship is only available to those students who are in the strategic communication emphasis area of the Missouri School of Journalism.

Two undergraduate students in strategic communication will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship each semester they are eligible. The scholarship is used to offset the costs associated with tuition, as funds are available for the applicable academic year. To apply, students must have enough credit hours to be a sophomore at the University of Missouri and also will need to have/maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA in their cumulative GPA. Awardees will be selected via an application process, which is outlined to the left.

Each file sent should have your first and last name listed in the name of the document. Acceptable formats for documents include Word and PDF. Only electronic submissions will be considered — no hardcopy or faxed documents should be sent. Students may apply for the scholarship multiple semesters, but no student will be awarded the scholarship for more than four academic semesters.

Applications for the Spring award are due on Nov. 15. Applications for the Fall award are due on April 15. Applicants will be notified of the decisions within four to six weeks of the deadline. A committee of strategic communication faculty and staff will make the award decision.

Applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to Questions about the Synor Scholarship can be directed to strategic communication Program Coordinator Kathy Sharp at

In order to be considered, an application must contain:

  1. A letter of interest from the student (maximum three pages), which includes:
    • Why you think you are the best candidate for the scholarship.
    • How the scholarship will assist you in your scholarly and professional endeavors.
    • Your interest in strategic communication.
    • Any additional circumstances that need to be considered by the reviewing committee.
  1. A current resume/CV outlining awards, honors, education, current GPA, ACT or SAT scores, and internships or related work experience.
  2. Two academic letters of recommendation (from two of your current or previous professors).