Thirty-three students awarded at Scholarship ceremony equaling $110,000
Last night, 34 awards were given to Communication students who have exemplified excellence and outstanding work in the Department and in their lives. Each award has a purpose, often named after an influential person, and encourages different areas of communication, including international communication; science and automotive journalism; and women and minorities in the field. All together, the scholarships added up to about $110,000.
“Giving out money is one of the best things that I get to do and I’m sure you don’t mind receiving it,” Chair of the Department David Domke joked, “and also carrying with it the legacy of the people that you’ll hear about today that goes with the award and that the award is named after.”
The Flip Wilson Scholarship provides a student with the monetary value of a full year of college, including books, room and board, and tuition. This year, it was awarded to Janelle Jolly who returned to school to complete her undergraduate degree after working as a full-time news anchor and starting a family. Undergraduate Devon Geary was the only two-time recipient, being one of the three students to receive the Journalism Foreign Intrigue Endowed Scholarship and the John H. & Harriet Reid Memorial Scholarship.
Many of the students are actively working for The Daily, including Jillian Stampher, Joshua Bessex, Lily Katz, and Deanna Isaacs; and others have gained valuable experience studying abroad, like Tori Hartman, Allison Edwards, and Alysa Hullett. Some of the students awarded are bilingual, coming to us from countries such as Korea (Alex Hur), Mexico (Cesar Quintana), and Russia (Valeria Koulikova).
Congratulations to all the students awarded!