Student Scholarships

This year, STC Chicago is sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship for educational purposes, plus a one-year paid STC Student Membership, including the STC Chicago Chapter dues. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage academic excellence, provide the profession with educated communicators, and promote greater awareness of and participation in STC.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must be current students pursuing technical communication-related degrees or certificates at accredited educational institutions in the United States.

Past applicants and winners can apply again as long as the entry materials were created in the last 15 months and are from publications that have not been submitted before.  However, no person can win the STC Chicago scholarship more than twice.

Scholarship Schedule

Applications must be received by email on or before April 30, 2017.

Applicants will be notified of the committee decisions.

Scholarship monies will be paid for the upcoming Fall term directly to the educational institution at which the recipient is enrolled in his or her name. STC membership will commence in January 2018.

Application Materials

Submit all of the following items:

  • One-page description of career goals and achievements
    Be sure to include an explanation of why you chose the field of technical communication.
  • Samples from coursework or professional/workplace work
    Submit one to three samples of your schoolwork or professional work. For each sample, describe the project or assignment, your role in planning and developing the project, and whether you completed the project on your own or as part of a team. For example, if you were the editor for a brochure or pamphlet, tell us this and also the process that you followed as the editor. If anything was professionally edited or reviewed, let us know.
  • A faculty recommendation letter

How are Applicants Evaluated?

The STC Chicago Scholarship Committee will evaluate applicants based on the following criteria:

  • Writing quality demonstrated in the application materials
  • Potential to contribute to the field
  • Likelihood of working in the field
  • Strength of faculty recommendation
  • Academic records
  • Additional observations from the evaluation committee judges

STC Chicago reserves the right not to award a scholarship (and to select an alternate winner) if they become aware of or have reasonable grounds to believe that a winner is not eligible. They also reserve the right not to award the scholarship any year in the event that there are no suitable candidates that showcased adequate talents during the competition or no candidates who fully met the application criteria.

In evaluating samples, emphasis will be placed on technical communication skills that you are developing through your academic studies.

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“I feel so blessed to have received not only financial assistance in the form of two scholarships from STC Chicago, but also the professional validation of my abilities. STC Chicago has been a big part of my academic experience, and I wanted to thank the organization, again, for everything it has bestowed on me.”

Tracy Castro, winner 2013 & 2014

Please direct any questions you may have about this scholarship to the Scholarship Manager at