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Scholarships & Aid

Learn more about the scholarship and aid opportunities available to Communication & Creative Media students.

Scholarships & Fellowships

The Division of Communication & Creative Media (CCM) values and rewards the academic and creative talents of students in our major programs through a variety of college and industry-sponsored scholarships and fellowships. We encourage eligible students to take advantage of these opportunities to support tuition and other educational expenses.

  • The Game Developers Conference Scholarship is awarded to Seniors majoring in one the five programs that comprise Champlain’s Game Studio: Game Art, Game Design, Game Production Management, Game Programming, and Game Sound Design. The award of up to $500 supports students’ attendance at the Game Developers Conference—the largest game developers conference in North America and a primary destination for networking and recruiting. Students apply for the GDC Scholarship in the Fall semester for travel in the Spring. Students are awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

  • The Vermont Association of Broadcasters Scholarship (VAB) is awarded to outstanding full-time students majoring in Broadcast Media Production at Champlain College. Students are chosen by a faculty committee and are awarded based on a minimum grade point average of 3.0, a written response to the application, and the quality of their work. The award is generally applied toward the following year’s tuition, but a limited number of awards are available to support students’ broadcast-related academic and professional activities in the Fall and Spring semesters.

  • Students pursuing a BS in Professional Writing who have applied and been accepted to the MFA in Writing & Publishing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) are eligible to receive a scholarship for their first semester at VCFA. Scholarships are awarded by VCFA and range from $1,000-$5,000. VCFA Scholarships may be reviewed for renewal in future semesters. Scholarship amounts will be determined based on a combination of merit and need.

Academic Achievements

In addition to scholarship and fellowship opportunities, the CCM Division takes pride in recognizing the academic achievements of students who rank at the top of their classes and who make exceptional contributions to their programs, the Division, the College, and their local and global communities.

  • The CCM Excel Award honors an outstanding undergraduate senior representing each of the CCM majors. Eligible recipients receive a monetary gift and memento. In addition to the cumulative grade point average, awards are based on evidence of exemplary creative/scholarly work related to the major; evidence of exceptional contributions to the CCM Division, program, or college; and evidence of one or more of the following: study abroad, internship, or some other form of engagement with the discipline or community beyond the classroom.

  • Champlain College’s annual juried student art show features student artists selected by a jury of faculty, alumni, and industry professionals. The exhibition showcases talent in a variety of mediums including video, audio, 3-D model, sculpture, graphic design, photography, digital & manual painting, drawing, and illustration.

Professional Organization Scholarships

The CCM Division is home to several national and international student chapters of industry-related and academic organizations that offer scholarships for its members. We highly encourage students to consider membership in order to take advantage of these and other opportunities to support tuition and other educational expenses.

  • The CCM Division’s graphic design program houses the student chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the professional association for design. The AIGA Worldstudio scholarships benefit minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying art and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarship recipients are selected not only for their talent and their need, but also for their demonstrated commitment to giving back to the larger community through their work. Each award is paid directly to the recipient’s school and applied toward tuition.

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  • The CCM Division’s Communication program houses the Champlain College Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter, which is one of 300 student chapters of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). PRSA has 30,000 members—communications professionals spanning every industry sector. Annually, PRSSA and the PRSA Foundation offer many individual scholarships to support students with financial needs. Whether through academic achievement, bringing a valuable perspective to PR, or professional ambition, PRSSA provides recognition and funding for eligible members.

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