Scholarships

Rebecca F. Gross Scholarship for the Outstanding Communication senior

A $250 honorarium is awarded to the outstanding journalism and  mass communication student. The Rebecca Gross Award for the outstanding  journalism and mass communication student is based on three criteria: grade  point average, service to the student media, and other campus activities.  Students must be seniors to be eligible for the award. The grade point average  must reach a minimum of 3.00. Service in other campus activities includes both  volunteer and paid work related to some form of journalism. Rebecca F. Gross is  one of Pennsylvania's most distinguished journalists and public servants. Miss  Gross was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1928 and was appointed managing editor of the Lock Haven Express in 1931. She was one of the  founders of the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association in 1937, later serving as  its president and as president of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors  and the Pennsylvania Associated Press. During World War II, she served in the  U.S. Navy and holds the rank of commander (retired). In 1948 Miss Gross was  appointed a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, one of the first four women to  receive such an appointment. Miss Gross served two terms as a member of the  Board [now Council] of Trustees of this institution and in 1969 was named to the  Board of State Colleges and Universities Directors. She was appointed a member  of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.  This annual journalism award and scholarship established in 1982 expresses in a  small way the gratitude of the University and the journalism and mass  communication discipline.

Three Professor Saundra K. Hybels, Ph.D., memorial scholarships

An approximately one-half of full-tuition scholarship is  awarded to three Journalism and Mass Communication majors each year. One is  given to a sophomore, one to a junior, and one to a senior. The awards are based  on grade point average and documented commitment to the journalism profession.  Preference is given to students graduating from a high school in Clinton County,  Pennsylvania. In 1977, Dr. Saundra Kay Hybels won approval for a Journalism  major at Lock Haven University. After she died at the beginning of the 1999 fall  semester, her husband, Joansin Sepety, established these three scholarships in  her name. A scholar par excellence, Dr. Hybels wrote two books, one of which,  Communicating Effectively, was a best-seller in its area and is now in its sixth  edition. The elevated level of Professor Hybel's scholarly activity was  reflected in her teaching. For example, her Fulbright Fellowship in the  Federated States of Micronesia and her exchange semester in Poland resulted not  only in a newspaper article published by the Christian Science Monitor, but also  in an LHU Liberal Arts Seminar on travel literature. She earned a B.A. from  Western Michigan University in 1961, an M.A.C. from the Annenberg School of  Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in 1962, and a Ph.D. from the  University of Michigan in 1971.

Three Professor Saundra K. Hybels, Ph.D., memorial scholarships

An approximately one-half of full-tuition scholarship is  awarded to three Journalism and Mass Communication majors each year. One is  given to a sophomore, one to a junior, and one to a senior. The awards are based  on grade point average and documented commitment to the journalism profession.  Preference is given to students graduating from a high school in Clinton County,  Pennsylvania. In 1977, Dr. Saundra Kay Hybels won approval for a Journalism  major at Lock Haven University. After she died at the beginning of the 1999 fall  semester, her husband, Joansin Sepety, established these three scholarships in  her name. A scholar par excellence, Dr. Hybels wrote two books, one of which,  Communicating Effectively, was a best-seller in its area and is now in its sixth  edition. The elevated level of Professor Hybel's scholarly activity was  reflected in her teaching. For example, her Fulbright Fellowship in the  Federated States of Micronesia and her exchange semester in Poland resulted not  only in a newspaper article published by the Christian Science Monitor, but also  in an LHU Liberal Arts Seminar on travel literature. She earned a B.A. from  Western Michigan University in 1961, an M.A.C. from the Annenberg School of  Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in 1962, and a Ph.D. from the  University of Michigan in 1971.

Margaret Ann Brown Memorial Scholarship for a J & MC Junior

A $250 tuition waiver is awarded to the junior Communication  major with the highest grade point average above 3.500.

Other Communication Scholarships

LHU Foundation: The Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania  Foundation offers many other scholarships that J & MC students can apply  for. Among them are the presidential scholarships that offer a full tuition  waiver. Off-Campus Sources: LHU journalism and mass communication students also  have been successful in obtaining scholarships from other sources. Among these  outside sources are the following. Address or telephone numbers are not listed  for some of these sources because they change yearly. Usually this department  receives each year a letter from a different person announcing the scholarship.  This letter is copied and posted in the hall outside the J & MC offices on  the sixth floor of the Robinson Learning Center. Association for Women in Sports  Media gives a scholarship for women who plan to pursue a career in sports  writing, sport copy editing, sports broadcasting or sports public relations.  AWSM Scholarship, P.O. Box 4205, Mililani, HI 96789. Pennsylvania Women's Press  Association offers a $750 scholarship to a print journalism major in a four-year  program in a Pennsylvania college or university. College and University Public  Relations Association of Pennsylvania offers a $1,500 communication internship  award to a student of color. Write to CUPRAP, 800 North Third Street,  Harrisburg, PA, 17102 or call (717) 232-8639 Leonard M. Perryman Communications  Scholarship ($2,500) for Ethnic Minority Students for undergraduate study in  religious journalism or mass communication. Write to Scholarship Committee,  United Methodist Communications, Public Media Division, P.O. Box 320, Nashville,  TN 37202-0320. NCAA and The Freedom Forum offer eight $3,000 scholarships for  sports-journalism students. Write to NCAA, 6201 College Boulevard, Overland  Park, Kansas 66211-2422; telephone (913) 339-0036 The New Jersey Press  Foundation offer 10-week paid summer internships (up to $275 a week) plus grants  of up to $3,000 at NJPF newspapers. Students must be New Jersey residents, but  they can be enrolled in a Pennsylvania JMC program (ours qualifies). Write to  the New Jersey Press Association, 206 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608-1095  or telephone (609) 695-3366.

For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit the LHU Foundation website

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