New York Women in Communications awards scholarships each year as part of our mission to empower future generations in the communications field. Most are named, or sponsored, awards supported by corporations or foundations that retain the right to impose certain criteria that may include, but not be limited to, a declared major, internship availability, year in school, personal background.

For details, see the list below. We’ll be adding more information as scholarships becomes available, so check back often!

The Beth-Ellen Keyes Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in the spirit of Beth-Ellen Keyes, who was deeply involved in NYWICI’s Matrix Awards, scholarship, and mentorship programs. The recipient must plan to work within or provide communications services to nonprofit or community-focused organizations. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to this sector through current and past activities, preferably in leadership roles.

The Beverly Wettenstein Scholarship for Women’s Studies
“Celebrate Women Every Day and Make History!” was the message and mission of Beverly Wettenstein. Beverly was a national speaker, award-winning journalist, author, active NYWICI member, women’s advocate, and historian who focused on the news coverage of women and women’s issues. This scholarship is awarded annually in her name to a student pursuing a career in journalism with an interest in telling women’s stories.

The Esperanza Scholarship
The Esperanza Scholarship is sponsored by Daisy Expósito-Ulla, Partner/President-CEO of d expósito & Partners. It is awarded to a student of Hispanic heritage pursuing the dream of a career in communications.

The Interpublic Group (IPG) Scholarship 
The Interpublic Group (IPG) Scholarship is awarded to a student from a diverse background who is a rising college junior, senior, or grad student and has demonstrated an interest in a career in communications. Student must be available for a paid summer internship. IPG is the holding company for a large number of firms focused on communications, including McCann Worldgroup, R/GA, FCB, Deutsch, Weber Shandwick, Golin and Momentum.

The Kaplow Scholarship
The Kaplow Scholarship is awarded to a student from a diverse background who is a rising college sophomore, junior, or senior and nurturing their career in marketing communications or public relations. The Kaplow Scholarship includes additional support through the Roadmap for Change, which involves training and mentorship to set the foundation for achieving success in an entry-level role and beyond.

The Alumna Scholarship
The NYWICI Alumna Excellence Scholarship is awarded to a previous scholarship winner who has demonstrated continued academic excellence and ongoing engagement and leadership within NYWICI.

The NYWICI Film and Television Scholarship
The NYWICI Film and Television Scholarship is awarded to a deserving individual who has an interest in film or television and for a student who is pursuing a career either in front or behind the camera.

The Brand Marketing Scholarship funded by Licensing International Foundation
Awarded to a deserving individual who has an interest in a career in brand licensing. Majors could include advertising, marketing, design and other brand licensing industry-related programs.

The NYWICI Past Presidents’ Scholarship
Awarded in the spirit of New York Women in Communications Past Presidents, this annual scholarship is supported by contributions from individuals who have served as NYWICI President. The recipient will be a rising college junior or senior who is pursuing a career in the communications field.

The recipient must demonstrate effective leadership abilities and an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit in all aspects of their life and have a track record of engagement within NYWICI. The ideal recipient has the drive and potential to be a future NYWICI President.

The Ellen Levine Memorial Scholarship
Ellen Levine was a trailblazer and innovator. After serving as editor in chief of Good Housekeeping and Women’s Day, Ellen became Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines, creating blockbuster brands including O, The Oprah Magazine, Food Network Magazine and HGTV Magazine. Oprah Winfrey famously called her Queen Levine, and she was revered for her award-winning editorial work, much of which focused on issues related to product safety, women’s health and much more. Ellen was also deeply involved with New York Women in Communications and received a Matrix Award in 1989.

Supported by Hearst, this scholarship will be awarded to a rising college junior or senior who embodies Ellen’s tenacity, dedication, and passion for ideas and is interested in pursuing a career in digital/print magazine journalism. The student must be available for a paid internship at Hearst Magazines in New York City.


Recipients are chosen by the New York Women in Communications Scholarship Committee based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community-service activities, honors and other awards or recognition, work experience, and statement of goals and aspirations. Need and unusual personal and/or family circumstances are also considered.