Scholarships and Prizes
All scholarship applications are due on February 15, 2018. View the online application to apply.
Applying for most scholarships and prizes can be done through a web-based application. An online application will be available each semester. The application for the Paul Hudson Communications Endowed Scholarship is separate and can be found in the description below. Please fill out the paper application and submit it to the Department office in Blake B 122.
Scholarships and Prizes Offered
The Mel Allen Annual Scholarship in Communication
Awarded to a current sophomore or junior with an overall GPA of 3.0, or better, demonstrated participation in co-curricular communication activities and evidence of financial need. The scholarship is supported by Curt Smith (Geneseo class of ‘73). Past awards have averaged $475.
Ambassador Apartments Scholarship for Excellence in Journalism
This scholarship recognizes outstanding writing for the College’s student newspaper, The Lamron. Candidates must present evidence of involvement in the form of Lamron news clips. NOTE: Along with filling out the application, please bring hard copies of 3-5 representative news clips to Noreen Mazurowski in Blake B122. Recipient will be selected by Department of Communication faculty. Endowment for the scholarship is provided by Frank Csapo from Ambassador Apartments. Past awards have averaged $460.
Campus Media Leadership Endowed Scholarship
The Campus Media Leadership Endowed Scholarship is an award to a student actively involved in a leadership role with campus media (Lamron, WGSU, GSTV, Scene, etc.) and demonstrating a commitment to promoting communication and fostering understanding among members of the College community. Recipients of the Campus Media Leadership Scholarship must demonstrate student leadership. This scholarship is generously supported by an endowment gift from Emeritus Vice President for College Advancement Art Hatton and his wife Pam, Class of 1977. Past awards have averaged $900.
Janie Argenta '82 Memorial Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving Geneseo student with preference given to a student with interest and activity in the area of communications or public relations. Interested applicants must show evidence of financial need and be a registered student in the next academic year. This scholarship in memory of Janie Argenta, Class of 1982, is supported by an endowment generously established by Dixon Schwabl, with additional funding from Janie's family and friends. Past awards have averaged $1075.
Paul Hudson Communications Endowed Scholarship
The Paul Hudson Communications internship and scholarship recognizes a Communication major with 50 completed credit hours, a minimum 3.0 overall cumulative GPA, and significant co-curricular involvement. It is designed to provide a “world of work” experience for students looking toward a career in advertising, journalism, public relations, or a related field. The selected student will receive a tuition reimbursement and earn academic credit upon successful completion of an internship at Roberts Communications Inc., Rochester, NY. This scholarship is supported by Roberts Communications, Inc. Download the application HERE and submit to the Department in Blake B 122 by March 29. Past awards have averaged $500.
John V. Lynn '83 Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Journalism
This scholarship is for an undergraduate who is involved in journalistic activity on campus, including writing for a journalism class. A minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and financial need are the requirements. Since this scholarship is applied to tuition costs, the recipient must be a registered student in the next academic year. All majors are eligible. This scholarship is supported by an endowment generously established by the friends and family of John V. Lynn '83. Past awards have averaged $2300.
Vincent E. Spezzano Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Communication
This scholarship is awarded as tuition credit to two students completing their junior year, divided between the fall and spring tuition bills of their senior year. Requirements are a minimum overall GPA of 2.75, a GPA of 3.2 or better in the major, and a history of involvement in co-curricular or professional communication activities. Endowed by Marge Spezzano (Geneseo class of ’48) and her late husband Vince. Past awards have averaged $900.
Christine Pagano Stralitz ’53 Memorial Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded every other year to a current sophomore or junior major with a GPA of 3.0 and a commitment to using academic skills to serve others. This scholarship is awarded to a communication major in the spring of odd-numbered years and is applied to the recipient's tuition the following year. Endowed by Paul Stralitz. Past awards have averaged $1200.
Dr. Amy Tolbert Annual Scholarship in Communication
Awarded to a junior with both an overall and a major GPA of 3.0, or better who demonstrates academic and co-curricular achievements in the fields of oral, written or visual communication literacy and has financial need. The award is credited to the student's tuition bill. Supported by Amy Tolbert (Geneseo class of '85). Past awards have averaged $700.
Academic Achievement Prize
This prize is presented to the graduating senior in Communication with the highest overall GPA, as of fall semester, prior to graduation. The prize recipient is selected based on the most current GPA calculated by the Records Office. This prize is generously supported by gifts to the Fund for Geneseo from alumni, friends, faculty and staff of the Department of Communication. Past awards have averaged $120.
BJ Keller Prize for Excellence in Journalism
Awarded to a junior or senior with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75, and a 3.30 GPA, or better, in the major. The recipient must have successfully completed COMN 105 or 107 and have news clips from some aspect of journalism such as an internship at a newspaper, a news bureau or the student newspaper. NOTE: Along with filling out the application, please bring hard copies of 3-5 representative news clips to Noreen Mazurowski in Blake B122. Past awards have averaged $120.
Outstanding Student Service Prize
Awarded to a graduating senior with outstanding co-curricular achievement. Involvement in promoting the academic and service goals of the Department of Communication is also considered. This prize is generously supported by gifts to the Fund for Geneseo from alumni, friends, faculty and staff of the Department of Communication. Past awards have averaged $120.
Senior Merit Prize
This prize is intended for the cost of books and supplies and is presented to a graduating senior who has received official notice of enrollment in a graduate program in Communication, beginning the semester following graduation from SUNY Geneseo. Requirement is an exceptional overall undergraduate record at SUNY Geneseo. Those who are eligible for the prize are nominated by faculty of the Department of Communication. Students who feel they will be eligible for this prize should contact either their academic advisor or a faculty member of the department, no later than March 22. This prize is generously supported by gifts to the Fund for Geneseo from alumni, friends, faculty and staff of the Department of Communication. Past awards have averaged $200.