Scholarships and contests

The Department of Communication Studies gives out multiple scholarships and contest awards to incoming and declared majors each year. Students may apply to more than one scholarship – and are encouraged to do so! Pay close attention to deadlines and required elements below.

Media Talent Awards for Returning Students
Deadline: December 16, 2016
Apply at bit.ly/MediaTalentReturning

Whitworth University offers media talent awards to students who have a GPA of at least 3.0 in the communications major and who demonstrate potential to excel as student communicators during their time at Whitworth. Recipients are expected to be involved in some capacity with the university newspaper (The Whitworthian), the yearbook (Natsihi), the radio station (Whitworth.fm), or the public relations agency (Beyond the Pines) throughout the following academic year.

Application materials:
To apply for a talent award, submit the following items for review:

  1. Three published samples from The Whitworthian, Natsihi or other source. Students interested in broadcasting may submit links to other video or audio samples of their work.  Students interested in public relations may submit writing samples from classes, voluntary experience, or internships.
  2. A letter of no more than one page that describes your interest in journalism and mass communication.

 

Whitworth Writing Awards
Deadline: February 24, 2017
Apply at bit.ly/WhitworthWritingAward

Whitworth University awards Writing Awards to returning students interested in communication studies. There are two awards to apply for:

  • Journalistic Writing: Submit one writing sample from Writing for Mass Media, Reporting for Mass Media, Ethics, The Whitworthian, or other publications.
  • Research Writing: Submit one writing sample from any Communication Studies course, including papers written for Introduction to Communication Research, History and Theory of Rhetoric, Rhetorical Criticism, Intercultural Communication and Mass Media History.

Students may submit applications in both categories. To apply for a Writing Award: , submit the following items for review:

  1. Submit a re-typed, clean copy of entry, without the professor’s comments.
  2. Copy should include a title page with the student’s name, professor’s name, course title and section. Indicate that the entry is for the Whitworth Writing Award and note the term and year that paper was written.
  3. For research writing submissions, student’s name should appear nowhere but the title page
  4. The length of the entry must comply with the original assignment given.
  5. Papers must be written between January 1 and December 16, 2016.

 

Media Talent Awards for Incoming Students
Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2017 (priority), March 15, 2017 (final)
Apply at bit.ly/MediaTalentReturning

Whitworth University awards media talent awards to entering freshmen who have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5 and who demonstrate potential to excel as student communicators during their time at Whitworth.

To apply for a talent award, please submit the following items for review:

  1. A résumé.
  2. Three samples of media work from your school newspaper, yearbook or other sources, or three samples of any writing (500 words or fewer each). You may submit these samples as Word documents or PDF files, or you may upload the URLs of samples that are accessible online.
  3. A 300- to 400-word essay written on any current issue or controversy discussed in the news media.
  4. A letter of up to one page describing your interest in journalism and mass communication.

Students selected for the awards must attend Whitworth, actively consider a major in Journalism and Mass Communication or General Communication, and join the staff of one of Whitworth’s student media outlets: The Whitworthian, Natsihi (yearbook), Whitworth.FM or Beyond the Pines (a student-run PR agency).

 

Oratory Contest
Deadline: March 1

Whitworth University honors quality student public speaking through the Whitworth Oratory Contest.  Scholarships will be awarded to select students for their demonstration of superior skills in public speaking.

Eligibility:  Students must be a declared major in Communication Studies, Communication, or Journalism.  Any current freshman, sophomore, or junior student returning to Whitworth University in the 2016 school year may enter the contest.  It is open to all Communication Studies majors regardless of previous public speaking classes or experiences.  Recipients are expected to be involved in some capacity of the university radio station (Whitworth.fm), public relations agency (Beyond The Pines), university newspaper (The Whitworthian), or the yearbook (the Natsihi) throughout the following academic year.

Format:  Students will prepare a persuasive speech on a predetermined topic that is between six and eight minutes long.  The particular focus and means of persuasion are up to the student.  PowerPoint and visual aids, while appropriate in other venues, cannot be used in this contest.  On the assigned speaking day, students will deliver their speech to a panel of judges from the Communication Studies’ faculty and community.

Oratory topic and specific deadlines will be posted by January 1. If you have questions regarding the contest please contact Dr. Joy York (jyork@whitworth.edu).

 

Flora Writing Awards
Deadline: April 14, 2017
Apply online at bit.ly/FloraWritingAwards

Whitworth University will award Flora Writing Awards in Journalistic Writing and Research to returning students interested in communication studies.

1) Journalistic Writing – Award will be given for students showing writing excellence in journalism courses. Entries must be written after December 2015.  Articles submitted for the previous year’s awards are ineligible. To apply for this award, submit the following items for review:

  • A three-story/article portfolio written for The Whitworthian, Natsihi, other publications and/or Writing for Mass Media, Article and Feature Writing, and Reporting.
  • A cover page should include the student’s name, publication location and dates where applicable or the course name and professor, and indication that the entry is for the Flora Writing Awards and the term and year the paper was written.

2) Research Paper – Award will be given for a research paper written for a Communication Studies course after September 7, 2016.  (This includes papers written for Introduction to Communication Research, Rhetorical Criticism, Communication Ethics, Intercultural Communication, Mass Media History, and History and Theory of Rhetoric.)  To apply for this award, submit the following items for review:

  • A re-typed, clean copy of the entry, without the professor’s comments.
  • Each copy should include a title page with the student’s name, professor’s name, course title and section, and indication that the entry is for the Flora Writing Awards and the term and year that paper was written.
  • Student’s name should appear nowhere but the title page.
  • The length of the entry must comply with the original assignment given.
  • Students must also attach one copy of the assignment description as given by the instructor.

If you have questions, contact Claire Petersen in Lindaman 115 or cpetersen@whitworth.edu.