Scholarships

The Communication and Theater Department recognizes outstanding students by awarding more than $50,000 in scholarships every year. Through generous endowments the department is able to offer scholarships to dozens of students, with annual awards ranging from $500 to $5,000. In 2002, the department introduced the Gorsline Excellence Awards, inviting talented high school seniors to compete for $4,000 scholarships in journalism, theater, and video/film/audio.

The scholarships include:

  • Ainlay Communication Scholarship: a $5,000 award given to a senior who excels academically and displays leadership in the department.
  • Geigley Scholarship: awards ranging from $500 to $1,500 for students who excel in broadcast communication or theater.
  • Gorsline Scholarship: awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 for students who major in communication or theater, maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate leadership by their involvement in co-curriculars.
  • Gorsline Excellence Award in Print Journalism: a $1,000-$3,000 award given to a high school senior for journalistic achievement. Entries are accepted in three categories (news writing, feature writing and photography) and are judged by a panel of department members and professional journalists. The scholarship is renewable for four years.
  • Gorsline Excellence Award in Radio/TV/Film: a $1,000 – $3,000 award given to a high school student for creative production or journalistic achievement. Entries are accepted for documentary, fictional or creative production works and are judged by a panel of department members and professional journalists. The scholarship is renewable for four years.
  • Kornhaus Scholarship: awards ranging from $500 to $900 for students who excel in public speaking.
  • Massanari Scholarship: awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 for students who excel in theater and communication.
  • Oswald Scholarship: awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 for students who excel in journalism.
  • Smith Scholarship: awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 for students who excel in radio.