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Department of Communication Awards $8,850 in Scholarships to 12 Recipients for Fall 2020

The Department of Communication is awarding $8,850 in scholarships to 12 students for the 2020-21 academic year. The awards are funded through donations to the university foundation for specific established scholarships and also to the department’s general scholarship fund.

Scholarships and recipients are:

Dr. Dean C. Cannon Endowed Memorial Communication Scholarship is awarded to three recipients: Britany Bowens, BEM major; Katelyn Fugate, BEM major; and Rachel Grant, PUB major. The scholarship was created in the name of Dean Cannon, a professor of communication at EKU from 1978 to 2004. 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 $500 and designated for a full-time student at EKU in good academic standing 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 an overall GPA of 3.0.

The Pat and Paul Gleason Public Relations Scholarship is awarded to Rachel Grant ($100) and Katie Bolen ($50). The scholarship is awarded annually to a junior public relations student at EKU. The award was established by EKU Public Relations professor Dr. Jim Gleason to honor his parents, Pat and Paul Gleason.

Christy L. Guttridge Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Katelyn Fugate and Chelsea Creech, BEM majors; Shelby Moore, CMS major; and Kara Holbrook and Rachel Grant, PUB majors. The 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 $200 scholarships in each major.

The Dr. Glen Kleine Scholarship  is awarded to Kaitlin Coyle, BEM major; Shelby Moore, CMS major; and Rachel Grant, PUB major. The 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. This year the department is awarding a $500 scholarship to a student in each major. 

The Dan Mason Broadcasting and Electronic Media Endowed Scholarship is awarded to Britany Bowens and Mersadie Curtiss. The 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. 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 minimum GPA of 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 Ruth C. Rogers Memorial Scholarship in Film Techniques & Technologies for $1,000 is awarded to Katelyn Fugate. The scholarship is given to full-time undergrad students in good academic standing majoring in Broadcasting & Electronic Media with a concentration in Film Techniques and Technology. Recipients must be at least a junior or senior with 59 hours completed.

The Charles Weaver Scholarship for$50 is awarded to Shelby Moore. The scholarship is presented to an outstanding Communication Studies senior. This award was endowed in the 1920s by Charles Weaver for an outstanding student in public speaking. GPA and service to department and university are considered.

The Cinda Wellman Communication Scholarship is awarded to Hannah Mullins. The $300 award, renewable for a second semester, goes to a Broadcasting & Electronic Media student, with preference given to female students from Ohio or Kentucky. The scholarship is for all BEM concentrations - Multimedia News, Film Techniques and Technologies, and General BEM. 

The $200 Freshman Scholarships are awarded Taylor Hogsed, Chelsea Creech, Kaitlin Coyle and Mersadie Curtiss, all BEM majors. The scholarships are open 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.

This year, the Department of Communication is also awarding theCynthia Matthews Memorial Scholarship, a one-time $250 award given to a student who has taken CMS 100 Introduction to Human Communication or CMS 210 Public Speaking during the 2019-2020 academic year. This award honors the memory of Cynthia Matthews, an adjunct instructor of Communication Studies in the Department of Communication, who passed away in fall 2019. The award is presented to Allyson Smith.

Congratulations to all the recipients. Award recipients should contact Seth Littrell,, for information about transferring the scholarship funds.

Published on May 06, 2020

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