Department of Communication Studies - St. Cloud State University

Department of Communication Studies - St. Cloud State University

Communication Studies
Riverview 117
St. Cloud State University
720 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-4498

Phone: 320-308-2216
Fax: 320-308-2250
Email: cmst@stcloudstate.edu

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Scholarship Details

Charles and Carol Vick Scholarship

Awarded to a declared Communication Studies major who qualifies as a non-traditional student (age 25 or older, veteran or parent/guardian of a dependent child) with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
Application requirements include:

  • Copy of transcripts
  • One-page essay (500 words) explaining why, as a non-traditional student, the applicant is deserving of a scholarship

Robert and Alice Wick Scholarship

Awarded to junior and senior declared Communication Studies majors with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00, who show leadership potential .
Application Requirements include:

  • Copy of transcripts
  • A letter of support (focusing on leadership potential) from a faculty member in Communication Studies, or other mentor/supervisor in the student's leadership context.
  • An essay on leadership defining leadership and explaining what the applicant has learned about leadership. Also, highlight your own leadership experience. (The essay should be no longer than two pages).

Art and Barbara Grachek Scholarship

Awarded to a Communication Studies student who is an active participant in a Communiation Studies department affiliated student organization. The scholarship recipient must be a full-time student with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Application requirements include:

  • Copy of transcripts
  • A two-page essay explaining (a) the student's contributions to the CMST affiliated student organization, (b) the benefits of participating in the organization, and (c) the ways in which specific CMST classes and concepts inform the student's participation in the organization
  • A statement of intent to enroll as a full-time student at SCSU and to continue to participate in a CMST affiliated student organization the following year if applicable
  • A two paragraph statement of support from the CMST student organization faculty advisor

Ray Pedersen Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an undergraduate student with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00, who shows talent in communication studies and financial need (talent is the primary evaluative criteria - financial need is secondary). The central focus of the scholarship is on activity based practice and application of communication knowledge. Recipients must be able to show documentation of "talent" in communication studies in or out of the classroom. (*see definition of talent below).
Application requirements include:

  • Copy of transcripts
  • One-page essay (500 words) explaining why the applicant is deserving of this scholarship. The central focus of this essay should be on activity based practice and application of communication knowledge.
  • Evidence of financial need

* Talent is defined as: Activities which exhibit creativity, commitment, and critical thinking in the field of communication studies and may include (but are not limited to) graphic arts, performing arts, public speaking, public relations, advertising, etc. Evidence may include (but are not limited to) video tape, letters of recommendation, portfolios, examples of outstanding academic work, graphics, etc. Students may not submit more than two pieces of documentation.

Julie K. Peters Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time student who is majoring in Communication Studies and pursuing a career in organizational development or business communication. The Committee will award one $1,000 scholarship yearly.

Application requirements include:

  • Evidence of full-time status and major in Communication Studies
  • Essay (1,000 words) highlighting interest in organizational or business communication

  • Copy of transcripts


Intercultural Communication Minor Scholarship

Awarded to a student minoring in Intercultural Communication through the Communication Studies Department at St. Cloud State University. To be eligible for this scholarship a student must: be enrolled as a full-time student at St. Cloud State University; be minoring in Intercultural Communication; have completed at least 12 credits in the Intercultural Communication minor; have an overall GPA of at least 3.0. One $750 scholarship is to be awarded annually. A student may receive this scholarship only one time.

Application requirements include:

  • Copy of transcripts
  • Evidence of full-time status and completion of 12 credit hours in Intercultural Communication minor
  • Essay addressing the following questions: (1) How has the Intercultural Communication minor prepared you so far to live in a world of increasing diversity? (500 words); (2) How do you plan to apply the principles of Intercultural Communication in your future career? (500 wrods).

Mary Ahles Adams Forensics (Speech & Debate) Scholarship

Awarded to students choosing to participate in the SCSU Forensics (Speech & Debate) Program for the school year.  Criteria for the award include past participation in high school speech activities (speech, debate), academic promise, and financial need.  If interested in a scholarship, please answer the following questions:

  • Do you intend to participate in the SCSU Forensics Program during the next academic year?
  • Are you an incoming freshman or transfer student? Please specify.
  • Please submit a summary of the events in which you competed, number of years of speech, debate, and/or theatre experience, honors or awards earned, team leadership positions held, and other relevant speaking/debate/theatre experiences.
  • Do you understand that receiving a Mary Ahles Adams Forensics Scholarship will require you to meet the following requirements:
    • Participate as a member of the St. Cloud State University Speech & Debate Team. Attend weekly squad meetings and other functions.
    • Attend a minimum of four tournaments each semester.
    • Be available to help at the Icebox Classic College Speech & Debate tournament and other speech and/or debate tournaments held at SCSU.

Molly Young Internship Scholarship

During the semester of their internship, all interns must notify the Communication Studies Internship Director in writing of their intent to apply.  Within three weeks following the end of the internship semester, the intern is to submit to the selection committee:

  • Formal letter of application explaining why the internship merits consideration for the award noting both major accomplishments in the job assignment and major accomplishments in applying communication knowledge.
  • Other documentation which the student selects to support the application, such as letters from the supervisor, staff or coworkers, may also be included.
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