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The Tim Russert Department of Communication gives out over 20 awards and scholarships annually recognizing a wide variety of achievements in all areas of the major. The recipients of these awards range from students in the Sophomore class to graduating Seniors. The awards and scholarships can be applied for through self-nomination, nomination of another student, and or nomination by a faculty member. The application/nomination deadline for the scholarships is February 20, 2020. Click through the tabs below to find links to the application forms. 

  • Scholarships and Awards by Application
    • Austin J. Freeley Debate Scholarship
    • Fred H. McClure Scholarship for Promising Communication Majors
    • General Electric Scholarship Award for Public Relations
    • James J. Breslin /WEWS Memorial Scholarship for Media Production
    • Joan L. Cunniff Scholarship in Communication
    • Lee Andrews Memorial Broadcasters Scholarship
    • Mary E. Beadle Scholarship
    • Michael Mansmann Endowed Scholarship for Creative Writing in Communication
    • WJCU Bookstore Directors Award
  • Scholarships and Awards by Faculty Selection
    • Florence B. and Lawrence M. Druckenbrod Jr. Endowed Scholarship for Communication Ethics
    • Kathryn Dolan Communication Memorial Scholarship Award
    • Patti Rosenfeld Endowed Scholarship
    • Plain Dealer Journalism Scholarship
  • Recognition Awards by Application
    • Outstanding Senior Award
    • Society of Professional Journalists Award
    • Top IMC Student Most Creative Award
  • Recognition Awards by Faculty Nomination
    • Academic Excellence Award
    • Debate - President’s Cup Award
    • Debate - Dean’s Cup Award
    • Outstanding Speaker in Forensics

      The application/nomination deadline for the scholarships is February 20, 2020.

      Students may apply and/or nominate here!

        The Austin Freeley Debate Scholarship

        The Austin J. Freeley Debate Scholarship is awarded to recruit and retain outstanding debaters to maintain the strong tradition of the John Carroll debate teams.

        Criteria: Please provide a concise explanation (500 words or less) as to why the candidate should be considered for the Austin J. Freeley Scholarship, featuring contributions to competitive debate at John Carroll University. Contributions can include competitive success, debate research, leadership, and involvement with on-campus debate opportunities. Apply Here!

        • 2019 Recipient – Meg Frankenberger
        • 2018 Recipient – Zachary Zinda
        • 2017 Recipient – Zachary Zinda
        • 2016 Recipient – Zachary Zinda
        • 2015 Recipients – Brigette Mendes, Austin Rivers
        • 2014 Recipients – Brigette Mendes, Christopher Mitschow
        • 2013 Recipients – Emily Stolfer, Noel Massarelli
        • 2012 Recipients – Noel Massarelli, Emily Stolfer
        • 2011 Recipients – Josh Brossmann, Will Butler

        The Fred H. McClure ’53 Scholarship for Promising Communication Majors

        The Fred H. McClure ’53 Scholarship for Promising Communication Majors is awarded to a rising junior communication major in the Tim Russert Department of Communication. The recipient(s) will be announced at the completion of the sophomore year, awarded during the junior year and renewed in the senior year, but limited to two years. (Monetary Award toward tuition).

        Criteria: Please provide a concise explanation (500 words or less) as to why Communication is the major you choose to pursue. The scholarship stipulates the students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and must be actively involved in at least one department experiential learning component. Apply Here!

        • 2019 Recipients – Olivia Shackleton, Gavyn Martin
        • 2018 Recipients – Sean Freeman, Olivia Shackleton
        • 2017 Recipient – Sean Freeman
        • 2016 Recipient – Anne Brennan
        • 2015 Recipient – Joseph McCarthy
        • 2014 Recipient – Thuy Le

        The General Electric Scholarship Award for Public Relations

        The General Electric Scholarship is awarded to a senior communication major who has interest and ability in public relations. Selections are made in junior year and awarded in senior year. (Monetary Award toward tuition).

        Criteria: Awarded to a rising senior who embodies the creativity, passion, and inventiveness required in the discipline of Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC). Student excels in any of the IMC disciplines including public relations, advertising, graphic design, or social media, as demonstrated through coursework, internships, co-curricular engagement, and other experiential learning components. Fulfilling the GE slogan “Imagination at Work,” the recipient has clear potential to shine brightly in this profession. Please provide a concise explanation (500 words or less) as to why the candidate should be considered for the General Electric Scholarship. Provide specific examples of how the individual fulfills the GE slogan “Imagination At Work”, the recipient has clear potential to shine brightly in this profession as demonstrated through coursework, internships, co-curricular engagement, and other experiential learning components. Apply Here!

        • 2019 Recipient – Tara Byrne
        • 2018 Recipient – Julia Ruggerio
        • 2017 Recipients – Chloe Slavin, Megan Stechler
        • 2016 Recipient – Alexa Kempton
        • 2015 Recipient – Gwendolyn Brassell
        • 2014 Recipient – Ellen Dietrick
        • 2013 Recipient – Lauren Cafarell
        • 2012 Recipient – Alexis Gallo
        • 2011 Recipient – Caitlin Cardosi

        The James Breslin ’40 / WEWS Memorial Scholarship for Media Production

        The James Breslin ’40/ WEWS Scholarship is awarded to a senior communication major who has had outstanding work in broadcast production, reflects skill and development in the potential field of television and multimedia production. Selections are made in junior year and awarded in senior year. (Monetary Award toward tuition).

        Criteria: Completed at least 1 production-oriented digital media course, extra consideration for involvement with production/professional- oriented activities – JCT4, WJCU, PSSRA. Has demonstrated growing skill in one or more of the following areas; performance, writing, TV/multimedia production including visuals, assembly and audio. Please provide a concise explanation (500 words or less) as to why the candidate should be considered for the James Breslin ’40 / WEWS Scholarship for Media Production. Apply Here!

        • 2019 Recipient – Maria Knepshield
        • 2018 Recipient – Darrell Lane
        • 2017 Recipient – Darren Mikus, Anna Artkowsky
        • 2016 Recipient – Robin Goist
        • 2015 Recipient – Matthew Hribar
        • 2014 Recipient – Ashley Bastock
        • 2013 Recipient – Andrew Ettinger
        • 2011 Recipient – Jen Holton
        • 2010 Recipient – James Burry

        The Joan Louise Cunniff Scholarship in Communication

        The Joan Louise Cunniff in Communication is awarded to a senior Communication major on basis of academic standing and excellence in interpersonal skills. Joan Louise Cunniff who was a teacher, and community leader, who made an indelible impression on all she touched. Wise and of good humor, she helped many grow and succeed along the way. Joan’s family and friends established this award to honor and remember her through the Department of Communications. Selections are made in junior year and awarded in senior year. (Monetary Award).

        Criteria: Please provide a concise explanation (500 words or less) as to why the candidate should be considered for the award that recognizes outstanding work in interpersonal communication through coursework, research, internships, and co-curricular or service experiences in the individual’s life. Provide specific examples that demonstrate the individuals understanding of interpersonal communication theory and praxis. Apply Here!

        Note: this award is given to a graduating senior only

        • 2019 Recipient – Abigail Seelie
        • 2018 Recipient – Haley Smith
        • 2017 Recipient – Tyrell Davis
        • 2016 Recipient – Brooke Weber
        • 2015 Recipient – Kristen Gittinger
        • 2014 Recipient – Rachel Friend
        • 2013 Recipient – Brynne Deppas
        • 2012 Recipient – Amanda Corsi
        • 2011 Recipient – Maura Jochum

        The Lee Andrews Memorial Broadcasters Scholarship

        The Lee Andrews Memorial Broadcasters Scholarship is given in the senior year to a communication major who has contributed the most to WJCU and who seeks a career in radio. Selections are made in junior year and awarded in senior year. (Monetary Award toward tuition).

        Criteria: Please provide a concise explanation (500 words or less) as to why the candidate should be considered for the Lee Andrews Memorial Broadcasters Scholarship that recognizes the communication major who intends to pursue a career in broadcasting, preferably radio, and has contributed the most to WJCU. The scholarship recognizes individuals who are dedicated to helping people, enjoy life, and excel at radio. Provide specific examples that demonstrate the ways the individual nominated meets these criteria. Apply Here!

        • 2019 Recipient – Morgan Kuklinca
        • 2018 Recipient – Will Blake
        • 2017 Recipients – Rose Dolan, Robin Goist
        • 2016 Recipients – Joe Ginley, Jane Kosko
        • 2015 Recipients – Madison Baggett, Hailey Meinen
        • 2014 Recipient – Dale Armbruster
        • 2013 Recipient – Rachel Halle
        • 2012 Recipient- Spencer German
        • 2011 Recipients – Amanda Corsi, Howard Regal

        Mary E. Beadle Scholarship Given to a Communication major who has consistent participation of at least two semesters with one of the following student organizations: WJCU, JC-TV, Carroll News. The student demonstrated leadership in one of the three department organizations as listed above or a campus organization; leadership includes formal roles as well as project based within the organization. Given to a junior for senior year. (Monetary award toward tuition). Apply Here!

        • 2019 Recipient – Sofia Maltese
        • 2016 Recipient – Joseph McCarthy
        • 2015 Recipient – Katelyn DeBaun

        The Michael Mansmann ’01 Endowed Scholarship for Creative Writing in Communication

        The Michael Mansmann ’01 Scholarship provides a scholarship to a student who is a Communication major and has an interest in creative writing. Michael majored in Communication and had a passion for writing. During his years on campus, he wrote for the Carroll News and he also crafted short stories and poems. Described as a sensitive but gregarious young man, Michael worked at an Irish pub, where he was reportedly perceived as having notable ability to engage the people he encountered with charm and anecdotes. Selections are made in junior year and awarded in senior year. (Monetary Award toward tuition).

        Criteria: Please provide a concise explanation (500 words or less) as to why the candidate should be considered for the Michael Mansmann Award that recognizes student interest in creative writing, storytelling, and journalism. Provide specific examples that demonstrate excellence in the individual’s storytelling ability as evidenced through coursework, experiential learning, and internships. Apply Here!

        • 2019 Recipient – Kathleen Mackey
        • 2018 Recipient – Madison Mooney

        WJCU Bookstore Directors Award The WJCU Bookstore Directors Award provides $500 Follett gift card a semester to students who have been actively involved with day to day operations at WJCU radio for at least two semesters prior to the time of application and demonstrate an academic standing of at least 3.0 GPA at the time of application. Applicants must submit a short essay outlining their career goals at the time of application. This award is for use in their senior year. (Monetary Award). Apply Here!

        • 2019 Recipient – Zachary Barr
        • 2018 Recipient – Will Blake, Caylan Fazio
        • 2017 Recipient – Madeline Corbitt, Rose Dolan
        • 2016 Recipients – Monica Angelotti, Shanice Winston
        • 2015 Recipient – Joseph Ginley, Jane Kosko, Karly Kovac
        • 2014 Recipients – Amanda Farinelli, Hailey Meinen, David Schillero
        • 2013 Recipients – Dale Armbruster, Rebecca Ferlotti, Benedict Toth
        • 2012 Recipients – Matthew Crow, Nehemiah Jackson, Scott McMillen

        The application/nomination deadline for the scholarships is February 20, 2020.

          Faculty members may nominate here!

          Florence B and Lawrence M. Druckenbrod Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Communication Ethics Given for the junior or senior year to a Communication major. Nominate here!

          • 2019 Recipient – Meghan Conley, Hannah Fries
          • 2018 Recipient – Rose Dolan
          • 2017 Recipient – Megan Stechler
          • 2016 Recipient – Angelica Bucci
          • 2015 Recipient – Meghan Ellrich
          • 2014 Recipient – Ashley Bastock
          • 2013 Recipient – Taylor Horen
          • 2010 Recipient – Anna Schade

          The Kathryn E. Dolan Communication Memorial Scholarship Established in her memory by her family and friends, the Kathryn Dolan Communication Memorial Scholarship provides financial aid to a graduating senior communication major who has contributed to department goals and programs (Monetary Award). Nominate here!

          • 2019 Recipient – Kelly Fichtner
          • 2018 Recipient – Janessa Brickman
          • 2017 Recipient – Ciara Crossey
          • 2016 Recipient – Caroline Tighe
          • 2015 Recipient – Rachel Distler
          • 2014 Recipient – Emily Stolfer
          • 2013 Recipient – Joshua Brossmann
          • 2012 Recipient- Amanda Corsi
          • 2011 Recipient – Duchess Adjei

          The Patti Rosenfeld Endowed Scholarship The Patti J. Rosenfeld Endowed Scholarship in Communication is awarded annually to a full-time, rising senior majoring in communication who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. (Monetary Award toward tuition). Nominate here!

          • 2019 Recipient – Jenna Noce
          • 2018 Recipient – Alexia Keller, Kelly Yurick
          • 2017 Recipient – Dana Ilacqua, Lauren Morgan, Haley Smith
          • 2016 Recipient – Peter Hopkins
          • 2015 Recipient – Angelica Bucci
          • 2014 Recipients – Courtney Radtkin, Karyn Adams
          • 2013 Recipient – Maura Stewart
          • 2012 Recipient- Brian Bayer
          • 2011 Recipient – Carrie Vollentine

          The Plain Dealer Journalism Scholarship The Plain Dealer Scholarship provides financial assistance to a rising senior who demonstrates an interest in print/online journalism, human resources, or an entrepreneurial effort related to public media or business management, and is a current resident of Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Summit, Medina, or Lorain counties. Candidates must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. (Monetary Award toward tuition). Nominate here!

          • 2019 Recipient – Olivia Shackleton
          • 2018 Recipient – Edward Marotta
          • 2017 Recipient – Julie Hullett
          • 2016 Recipients – Laura Bednar, Mary Frances McGowan
          • 2015 Recipient – Joseph Ginley
          • 2014 Recipient – Alexandra Higl
          • 2013 Recipients – Zachary Mentz, Ryllie Danylko
          • 2012 Recipients – Daniel Cooney, Brian Bayer
          • 2011 Recipient – Dan Cooney

          The application/nomination deadline for the scholarships is February 20, 2020.

          Students may apply and/or nominate here!

          Outstanding Senior Award Awarded to an outstanding graduating COMM major who has been heavily involved in at least two areas of the major…not awarded every year.

          • 2019 Recipient – John Tucci
          • 2018 Recipient – John Alfes
          • 2017 Recipient – Joseph McCarthy
          • 2016 Recipient – Joseph Ginley
          • 2015 Recipient – Alexandra Higl
          • 2014 Recipient – Dale Armbruster
          • 2013 Recipient – Brian Bayer
          • 2012 Recipient – Matthew Crow
          • 2010 Recipient – Craig Willert

          Criteria: Please provide a concise explanation (500 words or less) as to why the candidate should be considered for the Outstanding Senior Award, featuring contributions to two or more experiential learning programs within the department (The Carroll News, forensics, the honor societies, JCTV-4, PRSSA, Society for Professional Journalists, theatre, WJCU). Apply Here!

          Society of Professional Journalists Award Awarded to the COMM major who has contributed the most in ideas, leadership, and effort to the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

          Criteria:Please provide a concise explanation (500 words or less) as to why the candidate should be considered for the SPJ Award. Provide specific examples of the individual’s contributions in the areas of ideas, effort, and leadership to the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Apply Here!

          • 2019 Recipient – Sophia Maltese
          • 2018 Recipient – Julie Hullett
          • 2017 Recipient – Mary Frances McGowan
          • 2016 Recipient – Katelyn DeBaun
          • 2014 Recipient – Alexandra Higl
          • 2013 Recipient – Rachelle Halle

          Top IMC Student Most Creative Award Awarded to a graduating fourth-year student with an exceptional e-portfolio that showcases his or her experiences in the Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) concentration. The e-portfolio must be “best in class” in terms of a distinctive and professional on-line presence. The content of the portfolio will demonstrate depth and breadth, showing relevant representation of work accomplished in class and through experiential learning including participation in co-curricular programs and clubs, internships, or other similar learning opportunities where the student has had the chance to participate in the development of the marketing communication materials.

          Criteria: Please provide a concise explanation (500 words or less) as to why the candidate should be considered the top IMC Student/most creative in the Russert Department. Provide a clear narrative that persuades the judges the individual demonstrates depth and breadth, shows relevant representation of work accomplished in class and through experiential learning including participation in co-curricular programs and clubs, internships, or other similar learning opportunities. Apply Here!

          • 2019 Recipient – Katie O'Connell
          • 2018 Recipient – Chloe Slavin

          The application/nomination deadline for the scholarships is February 20, 2020.

          Faculty may nominate students here!

          Academic Excellence Award Awarded to the graduating senior with the highest overall grade point average. Nominate here!

          • 2019 Recipient – Mariella van der Sluijs
          • 2018 Recipient – Janessa Brickman
          • 2017 Recipient – Emily Mastroianni
          • 2016 Recipients – Gwendolyn Brassell, Thuy Le
          • 2015 Recipient – Ashley Bastock
          • 2014 Recipient – Lisa Perry
          • 2013 Recipient – Joshua Brossmann
          • 2012 Recipients – Jennifer Holton, Howard Regal
          • 2011 Recipient – Taylor Nagy

          Debate – President’s Cup: Awarded to an outstanding debater based on level of competition and contributions to the team. Nominate here!

          • 2019 Recipient – Zachary Zinda
          • 2018 Recipient – Zachary Zinda
          • 2017 Recipient – Zachary Zinda
          • 2016 Recipients – Brigette Mendes, Zachary Zinda
          • 2015 Recipients – Brigette Mendes, Christopher Mitschow
          • 2014 Recipients – Emily Stolfer, Noel Massarelli
          • 2013 Recipients – Emily Stolfer, Noel Massarelli
          • 2012 Recipients- Joshua Brossmann, Shannon Parker
          • 2011 Recipients – Will Butler, Josh Brossmann

          Debate – Dean’s Cup: Awarded to an outstanding novice (first year) debater. Nominate here!

          • 2019 Recipient – Deborah Cha
          • 2018 Recipient – Kyle Gateson
          • 2017 Recipient – Mariella van der Sluijs
          • 2015 Recipients – Anthony Iacono, Austin Rivers
          • 2014 Recipients – Christopher Mitschow, Brigette Mendes
          • 2013 Recipients – Christopher Mitschow, Jeremy Himmelright
          • 2012 Recipients — Noel Massarelli, Emily Stolfer

          Outstanding Speaker in Forensics: Awarded to an outstanding speaker in intercollegiate speech competition. Nominate here!

          • 2019 Recipient – Meg Frankenberger
          • 2018 Recipient – Meg Frankenberger
          • 2017 Recipients – Adil Abdulahi, Soorya Paremeswaran

          These scholarships and awards have been retired from the Communication department. However, we would still like to honor their legacy and recognize the former recipients of these scholarships and awards. 

          The Alan R. Stephenson Scholarship in Communication

          The Alan R. Stephenson Scholarship is awarded the junior year to a Communication major who has a special interest in television, radio, or mass media, and demonstrates satisfactory progression toward degree completion within four years. (Monetary Award toward tuition).

          Criteria: Scholarship reflects personal advancement in the philosophy, art, and craft of video & multimedia production via demonstration of their ability to generate a quality finished work, suitable for public release. Students show production quality through storytelling, visuals, assembly, audio and reflect the values of Tim Russert Department of Communication, including one or more of the following: excellence, relevance, service, justice. Please provide a concise explanation (500 words or less) as to why the candidate should be considered for the Alan R. Stephenson Scholarship in Communication. Provide specific examples of the individual’s work that reflects personal advancement in the philosophy, art, and craft of video & multimedia production.

          • 2019 Recipient – Nathan Statt
          • 2018 Recipient – Madison Mooney
          • 2017 Recipient – Leah Brady
          • 2016 Recipient – Rachel Vadja
          • 2015 Recipient – Thomas Manning
          • 2014 Recipient – David Schillero
          • 2013 Recipient – Gabriella Kreuz
          • 2012 Recipient- Curtis Walker
          • 2011 Recipient – Howard Regal

          Alpha Psi Omega Award Was awarded to a graduating senior who displayed outstanding leadership and achievement in more than one area of theatre.

          • 2018 Recipient – Dylan Regan
          • 2017 Recipient – Vonica Zielinski
          • 2015 Recipients – Marie Bshara, Robin Weaver
          • 2014 Recipient – Emily Stolfer
          • 2013 Recipient – Sara Abbott
          • 2011 Recipient – Ali Karolczak

          Bobbi Bokman-Rogers Award Was given to a rising senior in the Communication major who was active in PRSSA and demonstrated extraordinary commitment to public relations. (Monetary Award toward tuition).

          • 2017 Recipient – Janessa Brickman
          • 2016 Recipient – Megan Stechler
          • 2014 Recipient – Nina Garcia-Wasnich
          • 2013 Recipient – Alyssa Giannirakis
          • 2010 Recipient – Megan Abraham

          The John J. Reardon ’59 Memorial Scholarship Was awarded to a rising senior in the Communication major who had significantly contributed to JCU Theatre. Selections were made in junior year and awarded in senior year. (Monetary Award toward tuition).

          • 2018 Recipient – Marcello Hernandez
          • 2017 Recipient – Dylan Regan
          • 2016 Recipient – Vonica Zielinski
          • 2014 Recipients – Robin Weaver, Amanda Farinelli
          • 2013 Recipient – Emily Stolfer
          • 2012 Recipients – Sara Abbott, Brendan Hancock
          • 2011 Recipient – Brian Devers

          Professional Encouragement Award A subscription to one of the communication journals was awarded to a COMM graduate student who demonstrated commitment to the discipline and an excellent academic performance.

          • 2016 Recipient – Dale Armbruster
          • 2015 Recipient – Kasey Foley
          • 2014 Recipient – Tea Kokhreidze
          • 2013 Recipient – Howard Regal
          • 2012 Recipient – Peter Honsberger
          • 2011 Recipient – Angie Weimer

          Superior Performance in Theatre Production: Was awarded to a student who has displayed superior achievement in acting, directing, design, or management.

          • 2018 Recipient – Laura Matteo, Alexandra Montesano
          • 2017 Recipient – Kimberley Rutherford
          • 2016 Recipients – Jacqueline DiFrangia, Nathaniel Marugg
          • 2015 Recipients – Amanda Farinelli, Jacqueline Uhlik
          • 2014 Recipient – Luke Hearty
          • 2013 Recipients – Brendan Hancock, Margaret McPhee
          • 2012 Recipients – Brian Devers, Daniel Simpson
          • 2011 Recipient – Taylor Nagy