PLEASE CHECK WITH THE MASS COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS.
All scholarships require full-time attendance (12 hours for undergraduate; 6 hours for graduate) unless indicated otherwise.
All scholarships require a 3.0 cumulative GPA unless indicated otherwise.
All scholarships are for fall and/or spring semester only (summer not included) unless indicated otherwise.
All Mass Communications scholarship recipients are selected by the department, with final approval by the ECU Foundation Scholarship Committee.
Any exceptions must be approved by the department chair and the Foundation Scholarship Committee.
DONALD AND BETTIE BLACK FOUNDATION AWARD
This scholarship will be awarded at the discretion of the department. The Black’s are both ECU alumni who have established this scholarship in order to reward excellence in the area of mass communication.
This scholarship will be awarded based on need and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Originally established as a part of the Federal Student Loan Program, this scholarship was transferred to the ECU Foundation in 1995.
DONNA CALLISON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded at the discretion of the department. The family of Donna Callison established this scholarship in her memory.
SAMANTHA DILLEHAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established in memory of Mass Communication Professor Samantha “Sam” Dillehay who taught at ECU from 2012 until her untimely passing in 2017. Sam’s love of film, art, and creativity inspired her students both inside and outside the classroom. Coming from a rural background, Sam believed in the power of education and understood the importance in having access to education to achieve one’s dreams regardless of income, class, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality. This scholarship will be awarded based on financial need to a student from a smaller school system. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required and recommendations of recipients will be made by the Mass Communications department with the help of Ms. Natalie May.
HIGGINBOTHAM FAMILY MASS COMMUNICATION SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded to a student with a minimum 3.0 GPA who has provided an essay (300-500 words) describing their qualifications for the scholarship. A letter of reference must also be included. The applicant must also provide a portfolio that reflects his/her concentration within the major which contains at least 10 items, including (but not limited to) a still visual, news media, and/or ad/PR campaign. Dorothy Higginbotham was an ECU alumna who understood and recognized the value of higher education, and established this scholarship as part of her estate planning.
EDWARD AND ARITA POKORNY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded at the discretion of the department.
BILL AND BILLIE THRASH SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT
This scholarship will be awarded to full-time students with a declared major of Mass Communications. The recipient must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA. Bill and Billie Thrash are long-time supporters of ECU and established the Thrash Television Studio inside the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.