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JMC Scholarships

Thanks to the contributions of alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and professional associations, JMC awarded a record-setting $64,000 in scholarships to more than 50 students in 2013 and generated another $50,000 in new scholarships.

JMC has developed a sizable scholarship program specifically for diversity students; other scholarships support students in specific areas of study.

When and How Can I Apply?

  • Fill out the scholarship application now through February 21, 2014.
  • A faculty committee meets to decide the year's scholarship award recipients.
  • Scholarship funds apply toward the following academic year’s expenses.
  • Recipients and donors are honored each year at a scholarship and awards dinner.

JMC Scholarships for 2014-2015

Please note: Not all of the JMC scholarships listed below are offered every year. Some are offered on an alternating-year basis.
  • American Society of Business Press Editors Scholarship. For any JMC student who intends to pursue a career in specialized business media.
  • Robert Burdock Award. For an outstanding multimedia news, magazine, broadcast news, photojournalism, information design or public relations student.
  • Ronald Dean Clark Scholarship in Editorial Writing. This scholarship was established in 2004 by family and friends of Mr. Clark, who passed away in 2003 for a student studying editorial or opinion writing.
  • Walton D. Clarke Endowed Scholarship. For an outstanding student in the electronic media sequence.
  • Cleveland Press Club Scholarship. For an outstanding multimedia news, magazine, broadcast news, photojournalism or information design student.
  • Edward Cliney Award. For an outstanding public relations major.
  • Ralph C. Darrow Award. For an outstanding public relations major who also is a member of the Public Relations Society of America.
  • Robert C. and Helen Westcott Dix Scholarship. Two awards for JMC students who are pursuing a career in journalism.
  • Roger and Ada Fidler Scholarship. This scholarship, established in 2003, is intended for students of Latin American descent.
  • William A. Fisher Award: The Society of Professional Journalist presents this award to the outstanding graduating senior in journalism. Emeritus Professor Fisher, who funds the award, was adviser to the Kent Stater and the Society of Professional Journalists.
  • Al Fitzpatrick Scholarship. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a JMC alumnus and the first African-American reporter at the Akron Beacon Journal. For a minority student with an interest in a JMC career.
  • John Fowler Award. For a multimedia news, magazine, broadcast news, photojournalism, information design or public relations major.
  • Trudy and Allen Goodkin Award. For an outstanding advertising major who demonstrates creative thinking and a respect for and a proficiency in writing.
  • Lloyd W. Hanson and Harvey E. Rahn Scholars Award. Associate Professor Gary Hanson and Associate Dean LuEtt Hanson give this scholarship in honor of their fathers.  This scholarship was established in 2008 and is awarded to a JMC major who demonstrates a strong work ethic.
  • JMC Alumni Council Legacy Scholarship. For a student who is a child or a relative of a Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumnus. If no child or relative applies, the scholarship is for a child or a relative of any KSU alum.
  • Herb Kamm/Scripps Howard Scholarship. For a student planning a career in multimedia news, magazines, broadcast news, photojournalism or information design.
  • King Family Award. This scholarship was established by James King, a JMC alumnus, in 2010 for an incoming freshman who shows both need and merit. The scholarship is renewable as long as the student maintains good standing in the School.
  • Paul Ashby Lewis Scholarship. For an outstanding advertising major.
  • Phil Macomber Scholarship. For a student pursuing a career in television.
  • E. Zoe McCathrin Public Relations Scholarship. For an outstanding public relations major who also is a member of the Public Relations Society of America.
  • BethAnn McClain Scholarship. For an outstanding journalism student with an interest in university and community service or environmental reporting.
  • Robert McGruder Scholarship and Alumni Scholarship. For a minority student planning a career in multimedia news, magazines, broadcast news, photojournalism or information design.
  • David A. Meeker Endowed Scholarship. For an outstanding public relations student, based on academic performance, financial need and leadership.
  • Doug Moore Award. For an outstanding photojournalism student.
  • Frances B. Murphey Scholarship. For two outstanding young women who intend to pursue careers in journalism.
  • William H. Oliver Fellowship in Public Affairs. This scholarship is awarded to students studying in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication who are participating in a public-affairs activity such as the Washington Program in National Issues or the Columbus Program in Intergovernmental Issues. Mr. Oliver established this scholarship in 2002.
  • Paul Poorman Scholarship. Mr. Poorman joined the JMC faculty in 1991, after working in newspapers since 1976 and serving as a special assistant to KSU President Michael Schwartz. His family established this scholarship in his memory. Up to two awards for outstanding multimedia news or magazine majors.
  • Murray Powers Award. For a student planning a career in newspapers, magazines, broadcast news, photojournalism or information design.
  • Lisa Katz Pagel Scholarship. Provides assistance to newspaper journalism majors who have financial need and limited experience in news media, but who show potential to become newspaper journalists. 
  • Ludel Sauvageot Scholarship. For an outstanding public relations major. Special emphasis given to financial need.
  • John L. Scott Endowed Scholarship. For an outstanding JMC student who intends to pursue a career in broadcasting.
  • Robert K. Shaul Advertising Scholarship: This scholarship, endowed in 2001 by the Shaul family and the JMC Alumni Council, is presented to a student media employee who best exemplifies Rob’s courage and sense of humor in facing life’s challenges.
  • Paula Slimak Scholarship. This scholarship honors the memory of students killed and injured on May 4, 1970, when alumna Paula Slimak was in graduate school. To mark her retirement in 2004 and thank the University for a lifetime of opportunities, Slimak established this scholarship to benefit a non-traditional student.
  • Ralph W. and Bettie Smith Memorial Award: Ralph W. Smith, a retired railroad executive, died a few years ago, just a month shy of his 86th birthday. He and his wife Bettie’s only connection with news, other that the fact that the eldest of his four sons is emeritus journalism professor Timothy D. Smith, was that they were news junkies. They read newspapers, watched television news and news talk shows, and surfed the Internet for news. They would have been pleased that their name will be linked to an award for journalism students.
  • Robert Sorino Memorial Scholarship. For a talented photography student displaying a love of and dedication to the field of photography. The winner will be recognized for performance as a staff photographer on the Stater or Burr.
  • Gene Stebbins/JMC Alumni Council Scholarship. This scholarship is for a JMC student who intends to pursue a career in broadcasting.
  • Wallace H. and Peggy V. Stroud Scholarship. This scholarship is for deserving and outstanding students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Mr. Stroud established this scholarship in 2002.
  • James M. Sutherland Scholarship: The Buckeye Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has provided this scholarship award for a part-time graduate student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication who intends to pursue a career in multimedia news, business and institutional publications or radio and television. The Sutherland Fund was established in 1975, following the death of James M. Sutherland, who was business and financial editor of the Minneapolis Star, Chicago Bureau Chief of Business Week magazine and manager of copy control and production in Goodyear’s public relations department, retiring in 1971. The Buckeye Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists administered the fund until its transfer to Kent State in 2002.
  • William Taylor Scholarship. This scholarship, established in 1988, is in honor of the first Director of the School and is for outstanding JMC students majoring in any sequence. Professor Taylor remained as Director for 27 years.
  • Loris C. Troyer Scholarship. For a student in journalism and mass communication interested in history and community journalism, with preference given to students from Portage and Summit counties.
  • Nancy E. Whitehead Journalism Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 2004 by alumna Nancy E. Whitehead (B.A. 1979) to help prepare future journalism and advertising professionals.

New Scholarships Announced in 2013

  • Costello-Snyder Scholarship. This scholarship, to be endowed by JMC alumna and CNN anchor Carol Costello and her husband, Dr. Timothy Law Synder, assists students who yearn to attend Kent State but are struggling financially.
  • College of Communication and Information (CCI) Study Abroad Scholarship. This scholarship, established by JMC Professor Gary Hanson and CCI Associate Dean LuEtt Hanson. The Hansons have led students on international storytelling expeditions, most recently to Brazil, and the new scholarship will enable more students to study abroad.

Other Scholarships open to JMC students

  • The John S. Knight Scholarships. The John S. Knight Scholarships are awarded by the Akron Press Club and are open to all journalism students at Kent State University, Akron University, Hiram College and any local journalism student studying out of state.
  • David A. Meeker Akron Area PRSA Scholarship. The Akron Area Chapter of Public Relations Society of America awards one outstanding student the David A. Meeker Scholarship. The winner receives $1,000 and a one-year associate membership to PRSA following graduation. Also, two other winners are awarded one-year associate memberships to PRSA upon graduation. Applicants must be a full-time student majoring in Public Relations or Communication and currently attending the University of Akron, Kent State University, Malone College, Mount Union, Walsh University or Youngstown State University.
  • Steven H. Walters Founders Scholarship. Steven Walters, a 1986 journalism graduate of Kent State University, was city editor of the Record-Courier. He received numerous honors during his career at the Marietta Times, Rubber and Plastics News and the Record Courier. This scholarship is meant to honor Steve’s memory and ensure that he will be remembered by future generations of journalism majors.
  • YouToo Social Media Conference Scholarship. The Akron Area Public Relations Society of American awards a scholarship to a public relations major from funds raised by its annual YouToo Social Media Conference.
  • Book Awards. JMC students can benefit from two book scholarships: Professor and former JMC Director Jeff Fruit has established an annual award to help students defray the high costs of books; and the Faculty-Alumni Book Award, which is awarded to an incoming freshman who has the highest unmet financial need and who has GPA higher than a 3.0 or a 26 ACT.
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