Rising Junior Awards

A limited number of Park Scholar Awards will be offered each year to students already enrolled in the Park School. Students 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 rising Junior award, Ithaca College Sophomores must

  • have completed three semesters as a full-time student in one of the undergraduate degree programs at the Roy H. Park School of Communications;

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

  • be in good judicial standing as of the 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.

Award recipients will be expected to meet the same program requirements as four year Park Scholars.
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 during their four semesters in the Park Scholar Program.

Application Materials for Rising Junior Park Scholar Award

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

To apply you will need:

  1. a completed application form (form available below)
  2. an authorization of release of judicial information (form available below)
  3. Personal reflective answers to three essays outlined in Application Form
  4. a resume making note of your dedication to community service, leadership, extracurriculars and passion for communications
  5. three (and no more than three) letters of recommendation;
    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.
  6. 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, applicants should process transcript requests in the month of January. However, students taking Winter Session courses should process their requests a week before the application deadline to ensure grades have been posted. Be sure to have your spring semester schedule finalized prior to requesting an official transcript.

Use the contact information below to submit your completed application packet digitally, or physically.

Important Dates for Rising Junior Application

For the Class of 2021:

By February 2, 2019:

Application due

By March 31, 2019:

Finalists notified

Early April 2019:

Interviews scheduled

Application Forms and Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

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

Please see the documents linked below for frequently asked questions and how to apply to the Rising Junior Park Scholar Award.