Rising Junior Awards

A limited number of Park Scholar Awards will be offered each year to students already enrolled in the Park School. Students will apply during the spring of their sophomore year, and will enter the program during the fall of their junior year. These awards will be made in addition to those offered annually to first-year students.

To be eligible for the award, students must

  • have completed three semesters as a full-time student in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, majoring for all three of those semesters in one of the degree programs offered in the Roy H. Park School of Communications;

  • have at least a 3.500 cumulative grade point average (GPA) as of the February 2 application deadline;

  • be in good judicial standing as of the February 2 application deadline;

  • and demonstrate a dynamic combination of academic excellence, dedication to community service, strong leadership skills, extracurricular participation, and commitment to the field of communications.

As with the existing Park Scholar Award, to be considered for this award you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (federal guidelines apply).Transfer students are not eligible to apply.

Award recipients will be expected to meet the same program requirements as current Park scholars:

  • continued full-time enrollment in the Park School in one of the eligible degree programs outlined above;

  • a 3.500 cumulative GPA throughout the term of the scholarship;

  • strong involvement in community service and extracurricular activities;

  • participation in Park scholar academic programming and enrichment activities;

  • and maintain good judicial standing.

In addition, recipients of a Park Scholar Rising Junior Award may study off campus for a maximum of one semester in an IC-affiliated program only during their four semesters in the Park Scholar Program.

For more information, please contact:

Park Scholar Program
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850-7000
(607) 274-3089
(607) 274-7095 (fax)

Important Dates

For the Class of 2020:

By February 2, 2018:

Application due

By March 31, 2018:

Finalists notified

Early April 2018:

Interviews scheduled

Recommendation letters

NOTE: Recommendation letters for the rising junior award may be submitted directly to the Park Scholar Program by your references (either hard copy or via email to psjuniorawards@ithaca.edu). You may also choose to include them in your application packet.

Downloadable Forms

This information sheet answers the most commonly asked questions about the Rising Junior Award.

Rising Junior Award Information Sheet (.pdf)

Rising Junior Award Application (.docx)

Authorization for Release of Judicial Information (.pdf)

Application Materials

Applicants must submit

  • a completed application form
  • an authorization of release of judicial information (form available above)
  • three essays
  • resume
  • three (and no more than three) letters of recommendation; see above for submission guidelines
  • An official Ithaca College transcript (Please arrange with the Office of the Registrar to have

    your official transcript forwarded directly to the Park Scholar Center [Park 326]. NOTE: In

    order to meet the application deadline of February 2, 2018, applicants should process

    transcript requests between the dates of 1/3/18 and once their spring 2018 schedules are

    final, but no later than 1/30/18. However, students taking Winter Session courses should

    process their requests between 1/27/18 - 1/30/18.)