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Financial Support

Financial support for EKU students can come in a variety of forms.  There are a wide range of scholarships available to our students. In addition, student internships are often paid.  If you have questions about what help is available through the Department of Communication, check with your faculty adviser. 

Also, be sure to check for other available sources through the EKU Financial Aid office. 

Download the department's 2017 Scholarships summary sheet.  


AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS

All scholarship applications, unless otherwise stated, can be obtained in the Department of Communication office, Combs Building 317 in early February.  Scholarship application deadlines are typically March 1 unless otherwise stated. Applications should be submitted in the Department of Communication main office. Students should be aware that scholarship money may be deducted from any federal grants the student may receive.

College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences Scholarships: 

EKU Study Abroad Worksheet 

Laura D. Kennamer Endowed Scholarship Fund
Year: Any
Majors: BEM, JOU, PUB, CMS
Amount: $1,000 to $10,000
Due: March 1 & Nov. 1 (turn in to Miller, room 208)
Criteria: CLASS scholarship application, two-page letter explaining how money would be used to benefit student’s education and two letters of recommendation.  Form

Layne-Wood Endowed Scholarship
Year: Any
Majors: All
Amount: $500 to $800
Due: March 1 (turn in to Miller, room 208)
Criteria: Must be Kentucky resident with minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Need to fill out CLASS scholarship application, 500-word essay expressing career goals, list of community and extra-curricular activities, three letters of recommendation. Form

John McMillan Long Endowed Scholarship
Year: Any
Majors: CMS
Amount: Varies by need
Due: April 1 (turn in to Miller, room 208)
Criteria: Must be full-time student with minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Form

Departmental Scholarships:

The $200 Freshman Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Public Relations, and Communication Studies Scholarships are awarded to second semester freshmen students based on EKU grade point average, activities within the Communication Department, activities within the university and professionally related off-campus activities. Deadline for 2017 applications is February 27. (Application Forms: BEM | CMS  | PR)

The $200 Carol J. Wright Freshman Journalism Scholarship is awarded to a second semester journalism student based on EKU grade point average, activities within the Communication Department, activities within the university and professionally related off-campus activities. Deadline for 2017 applications is February 27. Form

The Dr. Glen Kleine Scholarship was created by an anonymous donor in Dr. Kleine's name. Dr. Glen Kleine was a Professor of Journalism, former Chair of the department and former Dean of the College of Applied Arts and Technology. Students must be mass communication majors who can demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. Deadline for 2017 applications is February 27Form

The Charles Weaver Fund ($50) is awarded to an outstanding Communication Studies senior selected by the faculty in that discipline. This award was endowed in the 1920's by Charles Weaver for an outstanding student in public speaking. GPA and service to department and university are considered. Awarded in May. Deadline for 2017 applications is February 27.  Form

The Dan Mason Broadcasting and Electronic Media Endowed Scholarship was instituted in May of 2005 by Dan Masden (Mason), a 1973 EKU graduate in broadcasting who has served as an adviser and consultant to companies in the radio broadcasting industry since his retirement from Infinity Radio in 2002. Currently the award is for $1,000. and is for a Broadcasting and Electronic Media major with a major GPA of 3.0 and an overall GPA of at least a 2.5. The student must be in good standing at EKU at the time of the award and during the term in which it is received. The student must submit a short essay (500-1,000 words) on how these funds would enhance their opportunities in the field and share their aspirations after graduation. Applications are available in the Communication Department Office, Combs 317. Deadline for 2017 applications is February 27.

The Chris Schulte Award is a $1,000 stipend awarded to a junior or senior communication major at EKU with an interest or aptitude in the video area. Among the criteria to be considered for the award are grade point average, work experience and career aspirations. Hammond Productions makes the final decision following submission of this application and an interview. Applications are available in the Communication Department Office, Combs 317. Deadline for applications is November 1.  Form

The Dr. Dean C. Cannon Endowed Memorial Communication Scholarship was created in the name of Dean Cannon, a professor of communication at EKU since 1978. He was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the EKU College of Applied Arts and Technology in 1982. He was acting chair of the EKU Department of Mass Communications from 1991 to 1992. This award is currently in the amount of $500 and designated for a full-time student at EKU in good academic at the time of the award and during the term of the award. The student must be pursuing a major in broadcasting and electronic media or public relations and be a junior or senior with a overall GPA of 3.0. A formal application must be submitted along with an essay of not less than 350 and no more than 400 words addressing the following: 1) What is your communication career goal? 2) What role do communications media play in American society? 3) How will your studies at EKU prepare you for your communication career in that society? Deadline for 2017 applications is February 27. Form

The Christy L. Guttridge Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of a 1984 graduate who was killed in an automobile accident near her home in northern Kentucky shortly after her graduation. The award is based on the student's quality of scholarship, commitment to the profession, service to the department, and a minimum of 45 credit hours completed. The Communication Department awards four $200 scholarships, one in each discipline: broadcasting & electronic media, journalism, public relations, and communication studies. Deadline for 2017 applications is February 27.  Form

The Karen L. Rudick Entrepreneurial Scholarship pays tribute to Dr. Karen L. Rudick’s dedication and service to students majoring in Communication Studies and her belief and willingness to take time to help, encourage and support her students.  It is to honor Dr. Rudick for her personal and professional help that she has given to many students, so that they might achieve their goals.  It is made possible by a generous donation to EKU.  Criteria for consideration are listed below.
  1. Applicants must be an Eastern Kentucky University undergraduate student majoring in Communication Studies (CMS) in good standing with the university.  If the student is not in good standing, or changes to a major not included under the agreement during the award period, he/she will forfeit any scholarship funds not yet credited.
  2. Submit a resume listing education, work experience, relevant coursework, etc.
  3. Submit an essay, by the student, (no more than two pages in length) describing your “outside-the-box” thinking and how that has helped you achieve your goals, or shown your persistence in trying to achieve something that is important to you.  How did you exhibit entrepreneur-like behavior?  Be sure to describe obstacles or difficulties that you had to overcome.  Examples can be seen upon request.

All completed application packets will be reviewed and one recipient selected in March. The $ 100 award for the academic year is a cash award.  If a candidate is not selected one semester, the money will be held over and added to the following semester. 

Application packets must be clearly marked “EKU Department of Communication Karen L. Rudick Entrepreneurial Scholarship Committee.”  Packets should be sent electronically, via email attachment to Karen.Rudick@eku.edu.   All packets should be received by February 27.   

The Pat and Paul Gleason Public Relations Scholarship ($100) is awarded annually to a junior public relations student at EKU. GPA, writing ability and Public Relations-related EKU or community activities are considered. The award was established by EKU Public Relations professor Dr. Jim Gleason to honor his parents, Pat and Paul Gleason. It is made possible by a generous donation to EKU. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicant must be an EKU student majoring in Public Relations (PR), a junior (60-89 hours completed at the end of the Spring semester), and in good standing with the university. (If the student is not in good standing, or changes to a major not included under the agreement during the award period, he/she will forfeit any scholarship funds not yet awarded.)
  2. Complete and submit this application form.
  3. Attach three writing samples or other examples of your work.
  4. Attach a resume listing education, work experience, relevant coursework, etc.

All completed application packets will be reviewed and one recipient selected in March. The $100 award for the following academic year is a cash award. Deadline for 2017 applications is February 27. Form

The Ruth C. Rogers Memorial Scholarship in Film Techniques & Technologies ($1,000) is awarded to full-time undergrad students in good academic standing; majoring in Broadcasting & Electronic Media with an option in Cinema in the Dept. of Communications, or the equivalent degree, at least a junior or senior with 59 hours completed. Submit an essay of not less than 350 words, nor more than 400 words, outlining career goals, wishes of accomplishments through film making and reason for applying for scholarship.  Applicants have a FAFSA demonstrated financial need. Deadline for 2017 applications is February 27. Form

Professional Scholarships / Outside the Department of Communication

The National Black Public Relations Society :
Students interested in pursing a degree in Communications, Public Relations or a related field may apply for a NBPRS scholarship.

Applications are accepted from January 1st to March 31st. You many submit your information online, via email or snail mail it to:
NBPRS Headquarters
9107 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 450
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Toll-free Phone/Fax: 888-976-0005
http://www.nbprs.org/Scholarships.htm

The KSHPRM Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded by the Kentucky Society for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing to a deserving Kentucky college student based on academic and other achievements and financial need. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a Kentucky college or university as a junior or senior for the 2008 Fall Semester, and must be pursuing a major in PR, Marketing or a related field such as communications, journalism or advertising. The application is currently available for students at colleges and universities with Marketing/PR, communications and journalism programs. The deadline to apply is April 7 with the scholarship presentation to be made at the May Thoroughbred Awards luncheon. For more information, contact Edna K. Duggins, KSHPRM Scholarship Chair, at e.duggins@hospiceohiovalley.org.

The Gary Yoshimura Scholarship ($2,400) is open to all PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) members who demonstrate a financial need for the pursuit of higher education in the public relations field. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. There will be one annual award of $2,400 given to the winner of this scholarship. Applicants will be notified in early April.
http://www.prssa.org/scholarships_competitions/individual/yoshimura/

Kentucky Press Association Internships for $3,000 are awarded to any student who has completed his or her freshman year at a Kentucky University. The internships are completed at selected Kentucky newspapers for a period of ten weeks during the summer.
http://www.kypress.com/site/index.php?id=131

KY Society for Hospital Public Relations for $500 (apply for Junior or Senior year). The student must be a full-time junior or senior enrolled in a bachelor's program and majoring in public relations or a related field of study at any of the Kentucky colleges. The award is based on academic achievement and financial need.

Kentucky Society for Hospital Public Relations & Marketing
Kentucky Hospital Association
PO Box 24163
Louisville, KY 40224
James Stanley
Director, Marketing & Public Relations
Kentucky River Medical Center
540 Jetts Drive
Jackson, KY 41339
Phone: 606.666.6449
E-mail: james_stanley@chc.net

A $1,000 Harry C. Barfield Scholarship is awarded annually by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association to two broadcasting students at any of Kentucky's institutions of higher education. If awarded as a junior and grades are maintained, the scholarship is renewable. Interested students should contact the department chair at their respective institutions for an application

More info at: http://www.kba.org/scholarship_2DW.htm

The Kentucky Press Association Associates PR Student Intern Program offers three awards each summer to students who are placed in a public relations work setting. Students receive $3,000 for the internship. Completed applications include work experience/resume, college courses completed, letter of referral from an advisor or department director; list of college activities; list of scholarships received, and a statement of no more than 250 words on why the applicant is interested in a public relations career. Application deadline is in October of each year. 

The PRSA Foundation offers a number of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in the Public Realations field.
http://www.prsafoundation.org/scholarships-awards/

Important: Students should be aware that scholarship money may be deducted from any federal grants the student may receive. For additional information on academic scholarships university wide, please contact: ADMISSIONS, 1-800-464-9191 or go to http://www.finaid.eku.edu.

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