Department Scholarships

The Department of Communication is pleased to offer scholarships that recognize meritorious academic achievement to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. Applications for scholarships are typically accepted in the spring of each academic year, with awards credited to student accounts for the following fall and spring semesters. Unless otherwise noted, recipients will be determined through a competitive application process, managed by the Department of Communication Scholarship Awards Committee.

Our scholarships are funded through established endowments and private gifts. Donations to any of these funds are welcome and can be made through the College of Humanities and Social Science's Giving site. If you are interested in establishing a scholarship in support of students in the Department of Communication, please contact the College's Office of Development at 919.515.5973. 

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C.A. Dillon, Jr. Scholarship

The scholarship was established in 1984 to honor C. A. Dillon, Jr., for his many contributions to NC State University. Mr. Dillon, a member of the Class of 1947, served the university with great distinction as a member of the Board of Trustees, the Student Aid Association, and the Alumni Association. He was also an excellent announcer at numerous Carter-Finely Stadium and Reynolds Coliseum events.

ELIGIBILITY: Communication majors who plan to become radio and television announcers or other professional staff members in mass media; awarded on the basis of good scholarship potential and demonstrated financial need.

The Charlotte Ann Elleman Outstanding Student Award

This endowment provides scholarship support for undergraduate students in the Honors program who are planning to continue their education at the graduate level and/or whose research projects are consistent with a future career in communication. A portion of these funds may be used toward travel for students to present their research and/or to support M.S. in Communication students. It is the hope of the scholarship founders that this award will make a difference in the lives of the recipients and have a lasting, uplifting influence for generations to come.

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students majoring in Communication and in the Communication Honors Program and/or students in the Master of Science in Communication program.

General Hugh Shelton / Kimberly M. Jessup Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2011 by family, friends and colleagues, the scholarship was established in memory of Kimberly M. Jessup — a 2003 NC State graduate with a degree in Communication. She was extremely successful in her career, working as a publicist for NASCAR, B.A.S.S., and ESPN before her untimely passing. Recipients of this award will not only receive a financial scholarship, but also will be invited to participate in Shelton Leadership Center events.

ELIGIBILITY: All Communication students. Applications are managed by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Dean’s Office per the guidelines established by the College for awarding merit scholarships

Joe S. Epley Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2003 by the colleagues and friends of Joe S. Epley, founder and chairman of Epley Associates, Inc., to recognize the 35th anniversary of the founding of Epley Associates and Mr. Epley's contributions to the practice of public relations.

ELIGIBILITY: Junior- or Senior-level students with a concentration in Public Relations; a demonstrated financial need; and a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.00.

Kara Ruth Medlin Memorial Scholarship

This award was established in 2001 by Tom and Darlene Medlin in loving memory of their daughter, Kara. Kara was a junior majoring in Communication at NC State University when she was tragically killed in an automobile accident in November 2000. 

ELIGIBILITY: All Communication students; student must be a graduate of a North Carolina high school and continue to be a resident of the state of North Carolina while enrolled at NC State. Applications are managed by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Dean’s Office per the guidelines established by the College for awarding merit scholarships

Long, Javidi, PRospects and PRSSA Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1992 by the NC State Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America; its subsidiary public relations “firm,” PRospects; and their faculty advisors at the time, Dr. Larry W. Long and Dr. Mitch Javidi. 

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students with a Public Relations concentration; selected on the basis of merit and demonstrated professional promise.

Nancy and Melinda Snow Scholarship

Nancy and A. C. Snow established this scholarship 1999 in memory of their daughter Melinda, and in honor of Nancy, a former faculty member in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students who are members of the Communication department honor society, Lambda Pi Eta

Norma and Wally Ausley Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1983 to honor the late broadcaster, Wally Ausley, for his many outstanding contributions to the community, the field of public broadcasting, and NC State University. In 1980, Mr. Ausley was awarded The Watauga Medal — the university’s highest non-academic honor —  for his extensive service on behalf of the university through sports broadcasting, the WPTF-AM (Raleigh, N.C.) "Farm Hour," and his reporting of general university information. The scholarship was renamed in 1987 to also honor his wife, Norma.

ELIGIBILITY: All Communication majors; awarded on the basis of good scholarship potential and ability.

Rebecca and Ruth C. Leonard Scholarship

Established in 2005 by Dr. Rebecca Leonard, this scholarship is in memory of her mother, Ruth, an elementary school teacher for 20 years whose dedication to her students and profession was an inspiration to Dr. Leonard. The scholarship also honors Dr. Leonard’s association with the Department of Communication and the benefits she received from her interaction with students and colleagues. 

ELIGIBILITY: Priority consideration will be given to students from an under-represented population, with selection based on meritorious achievement and demonstrated financial need. The student must have a minimum 3.00 GPA and must be recognized for accomplishment in either the Public and Interpersonal Communication concentration or the Interpersonal, Organizational, and Rhetorical Communication concentration. First consideration will be given to rising seniors; if no rising senior meets the criteria, then consideration will be given to rising juniors.

The Robert (Bob) Larson Communication Award

Established anonymously by a local public relations firm in 2012, the Robert (Bob) Larson award was established to honor the teaching expertise and guidance that Bob Larson, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication, has shown to his students throughout his tenure at NC State University. Separate awards are made for the fall and spring semesters.

ELIGIBILITY: Preference is given to second semester sophomore or first semester junior level students, who have a concentration in Public Relations. Applicants will be required to write original responses to essay questions to be submitted to the department's awards committee for consideration.

William G. Franklin Scholarship

Former students, family, and colleagues founded this scholarship in 1999 that honors Dr. William G. Franklin’s 24 years of excellence in teaching and outstanding service as a mentor to his students at NC State University. Dr. Franklin passed away in 2006.

ELIGIBILITY: All Communication students. Applications are managed by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Dean’s Office per the guidelines established by the College for awarding merit scholarships