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Yearly Scholarships awarded in the Park School

Applications open February 7, 2020 through March 23, 2020 at NOON EDT

The Park School Endowed Scholarships are highly competitive awards for exceptional returning students with majors in the Park School of Communications relative to the stated criteria for each. The criteria vary among the scholarships and include excelling in academics, co-curricular commitments, or a special interest. Unless stated that “financial need is not required”, eligibility for awards is based on a demonstrated financial need as rated by the Office of Student Financial Services after reviewing your FAFSA. In addition, most awards will expect outstanding academic achievement or co-curricular involvement.

Please read the criteria for each scholarship carefully before applying. Applications are available at each of the links below beginning in mid-February. The application deadline and information is sent out each year through Park e-News.

Additional Internship Funding Scholarships are available HERE.

NOTE: an award designated for a Sophomore refers to a student who will be a Sophomore in the following year (not a current Sophomore). That is also true for Juniors and Seniors. Rising Seniors are only eligible if they will be enrolled in both Fall 2020 AND Spring 2021 semesters full-time.

Scholarship Description/Criteria

Alan T. Najar '72 Communications Scholarship

Awarded to outstanding students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Made possible by gifts from the family of Alan T. Najar.
Professor Wayne Blann Scholarship for Summer Internships Awarded to a student pursuing a degree in sports management or sports media, this scholarship provides financial assistance to a student who has a summer internship in either field. The internship must be credit bearing. The recipient must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to candidates with demonstrated financial need.
Alyssa M. Schoenberg '09 Scholarship for Integrated Marketing Communications Awarded to a student in the Roy H. Park School of Communications majoring in integrated marketing communications. The recipient must be in good academic standing with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated financial need. Established by the Make Great Things Happen Foundation.
Andrea P. Herman '80 Memorial Scholarship in Communications Awarded to a junior or senior in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who is in good academic standing and has demonstrated financial need. Established in memory of Andrea P. Herman by family and friends.
Ann E. Mendelson and Barry Mendelson '65 Endowed Scholarship Awarded to a student in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who demonstrates outstanding achievements and contributions to Ithaca College through extracurricular activities. Preference is given to a junior or senior who resides in upstate New York. Established by Barry Mendelson '65 in memory of his sister, Ann.
Anthony Ceracche Scholarship Awarded to outstanding students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications.
Bryan Roberts Award for Roy H. Park School of Communications Internships Awarded to juniors or seniors majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications with a 2.8 grade point average who have credit-bearing internships. Financial need is not required. This award was established in honor of Bryan Roberts, in recognition of his profound impact on the students of the Roy H. Park School of Communications.
Charles L. and Janice C. Rumrill Writing Scholarship Awarded to outstanding students who show great promise as writers in the field of journalism or communications. Established by gifts from Janice C. and Charles L. Rumrill. Charles Rumrill was a member of the board of trustees from 1965 to 1980.
Christine E. Gagliardi '06 Memorial Scholarship Awarded to a student in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who is completing his or her junior year. The student must demonstrate financial need, maintain a grade point average of 3.35 or higher, and participate in at least one extracurricular activity other than athletics. Established by family and friends in memory of Christine E. Gagliardi.
Dana Kristen Miller '88 Scholarship Awarded to outstanding women students on the basis of their academic and/or creative merit and their active contributions to the field of broadcast journalism. Established by family and friends in memory of Dana Kristen Miller, a television-radio major in the Roy H. Park School of Communications.
David A. Lebow '83 and Betsey Ladd Lebow '84 Scholarship Awarded to an outstanding student in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who has shown evidence of potential contributions in the field of communications, a commitment to the campus community, and financial need.
David Muir '95 Journalism Award For Overseas Studies Awarded to an outstanding sophomore, junior or senior majoring in journalism who is participating in a semester-long Ithaca College or affiliated study-abroad program. The student must demonstrate excellence, achievement, and promise in the field. Preference will be given to a student who has demonstrated financial need.
Diane Gayeski Scholarship Awarded to a junior or senior in the Roy H. Park School of Communications with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to a student who plans to pursue studies that include the theory and practice of both human and media-based communication within organizations. The student's plan of studies must include courses in business, organizational learning/instructional design, promotional/marketing communication, media design and production, current ethical and social issues that impact workplace learning, and organizational/speech/interpersonal communication. Established in honor of Diane Gayeski by the Richard A. Morris family.
Ithacan Scholarship Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need who have been staff members of the "Ithacan" for at least one semester; who have shown evidence of outstanding achievements and contributions to the College, the Roy H. Park School of Communications, and the "Ithacan"; and who have shown evidence of academic and/or creative merit in any area of print journalism.
Ivan "Jimmy" Schneider Scholarship Awarded to a sophomore in the Roy H. Park School of Communications with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. The student must be enrolled in the College's work-study program and demonstrate good citizenship both on and off campus. Preference is given to students from rural areas of New York State. Established by longtime Ithaca College employee Jimmy Schneider.
James B. Pendleton Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts Scholarship*

Awarded to majors in the cinema, photography, and media arts department who have achieved excellence in film production, film studies, screenwriting, and still photography. Financial need is not required. Made possible by a bequest from the estate of James B. Pendleton. 

Janice L. Levy and David I. Stewart '67 Study-Abroad Scholarship Awarded to students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, who have demonstrated financial need, and who are participating in a tuition-based, semester-long study-abroad program. The scholarship will be awarded for one semester each year.
Jay L. Linden '72 Sales and Marketing Scholarship Awarded to a junior or senior in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who has a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to students who plan to pursue careers in sales and marketing. Established in honor of Jay L. Linden by his family, friends, and colleagues.
Jeffrey C. Rothfus '75 Scholarship Awarded to outstanding students with demonstrated financial need in the Roy H. Park School of Communications.
Jessica Savitch '68 Communications Scholarship Awarded to students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who demonstrate excellence, achievement, and promise in the field of broadcast journalism. Established by family, friends, and colleagues of the late Jessica Savitch.
Joseph Zaleski Broadcast Sales and Syndication Scholarship Awarded to a student in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who is in good academic standing and has demonstrated financial need. The scholarship will be given to a student who has academic and/or creative merit and interest in the area of broadcast sales and syndication. Evidence of excellence, ability, and promise in cocurricular activities in the Park School, with special emphasis in sales, will also be used in determining the recipient. Established in memory of Joseph Zaleski by family and friends.
Kenneth P. Bambach '95 Memorial Scholarship Awarded to students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who have demonstrated financial need.
Krashesky Scholarship for Excellence in Communications Awarded to a senior in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who demonstrates excellence, achievement, and promise in his or her field. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and honor excellence. Financial need is not required.
Kristan Landen Film Scholarship Awarded to cinema students who evidence excellence, ability, and promise in film production. Endowed by Marvin and Shirlee Romanek.
Mark Mazura '81 Video Production Scholarship Awarded to students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who have academic and/or artistic excellence and merit in video production and/or video direction and who have a proven long-term interest in and commitment to video production. Established in memory of Mark V. Mazura.
Mark R. Wilder '81 Communications Scholarship Awarded to outstanding communications students. Established in memory of Mark R. Wilder, a graduate of the Roy H. Park School of Communications.
Michael Hanna Television-Radio Scholarship Awarded to students in the television-radio department who demonstrate outstanding promise and performance in the area of communications management. Established in memory of Michael Hanna, founder of the Ithaca College radio department and its first instructor.
Michael J. Kaplan '85 Endowed Internship Scholarship for Communications Awarded to students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who are taking part in an experiential learning opportunity. Financial need is not required.
Michael J. Kaplan '85 Scholarship Awarded to an outstanding student majoring in integrated marketing communications. Financial need is not a requirement.
Novick Family Endowed Scholarship Awarded to students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who achieve academic excellence with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and have demonstrated financial need.
Palmer E. Dyer Memorial Scholarship Awarded to a junior or senior in the Roy H. Park School of Communications with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to a student who plans to pursue studies that include the theory and practice of both human and media-based communication within organizations. The student’s plan of studies must include courses in business, organizational learning/instructional design, promotional/marketing communication, media design and production, current ethical and social issues impacting workplace learning, and organizational/speech/interpersonal communication. Established in honor of Professor Emeritus Palmer E. Dyer.
Philip H. Dougherty Minority Journalism Scholarship Preference is given to an African American, Latino, Asian American, or Native American (ALANA) student who shows evidence of academic and/or creative merit in journalism and participation in journalism-related cocurricular activities. Established to honor the late Philip H. Dougherty, respected columnist for the New York Times.
Rod Serling Communications Scholarship Awarded to students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who demonstrate outstanding creative scriptwriting ability. Made possible by gifts from the family and friends of the late Rod Serling, who was a visiting professor in the television-radio department for many years.
Ronni Jill Zager '09 Memorial Scholarship Awarded to students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications who are in good academic standing and have demonstrated financial need.
Sandra L. Herndon Scholarship Awarded to a junior or senior in the Roy H. Park School of Communications with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to a student who plans to pursue studies that include the theory and practice of both human and media-based communication within organizations. The student's plan of studies must include courses in business, organizational learning/instructional design, promotional/marketing communication, media design and production, current ethical and social issues that impact workplace learning, and organizational/speech/interpersonal communication. Established in honor of Sandra L. Herndon by the Richard A. Morris family.
Singer Family Scholarship Awarded to an outstanding student with demonstrated financial need in the School of Business or the Roy H. Park School of Communications.