Wayne State University

Scholarships

In addition to the departmental scholarships listed below, visit Financial Aid and Scholarships for more general information about funding your education.

Detailed information on all department scholarships and awards are available in the department office at 585 Manoogian Hall.

 

The Jeannine Gregory Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Public Relations

The Jeannine Gregory Scholarship in public relations leadership was developed in honor of former Wayne State University student and past PRSSA president, Jeannine Gregory. Ms. Gregory was a first year law student at Pepperdine University in California, when she was tragically killed by a drunk driver on December 9, 1997. An award of up to $1,000 will be given to the student(s) who best demonstrate leadership abilities in the area of public relations, a quality that Jeannine exemplified, for the fall 2018 and/or winter 2019 semesters. The recipients must convey a sense of resourcefulness and commitment to the Wayne State University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. A committee composed of Wayne State University faculty and public relations professionals will select the recipients of this scholarship.

Criteria

  • Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students who have declared their major as Public Relations with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Applicants must be a current member of PRSSA.
  • Applications for the Jeannine Gregory Scholarship Award must be received no later than Friday, March 23, 2018.
  • The scholarship will be presented to the recipients at the 2018 Alumni and Student Recognition Breakfast on Monday, April 23, 2018.
  • The recipients of this award must be able to attend the breakfast. The scholarship committee may contact applicants for a personal interview.
  • Student must be taking Wayne State courses for the fall 2018 and/or winter 2019 semesters.

Students Must Submit

  • A 1-2 page essay addressing "How has developing leadership skills through involvement in PRSSA benefited you as a pre-professional?"
  • Two letters of recommendation, excluding Dr. Najor

Submit this information with the required materials in one package to Vicki Dallas in the Department of Communication, 585 Manoogian Hall by Friday, March 23, 2018.

Please note: Institutional funds such as the Warrior, Gold or WSU Promise awards have been funded in part by this scholarship offer. This award may replace or reduce these funds or other institutional dollars. In addition, the sum of all aid cannot exceed the financial aid cost of attendance.

 

 

The Berg Muirhead Scholarship for Public Relations Student Advancement

The Berg Muirhead Scholarship for Public Relations Student Advancement is sponsored by VanDyke Horn Public Relations to honor the legacy of its founders, Bob Berg and Georgella Muirhead, and their contributions to the public relations industry. In their 70+ combined years as top public relations professionals, they have been committed to diversifying the industry through mentorship and employment. This scholarship aims to advance Wayne State University students who contribute to the knowledge and promotion of social and cultural diversity to become the next generation of public relations leaders. The student(s) who best exemplify these traits will be awarded up to $2,000 for the fall 2018 and/or winter 2019 semesters.

Criteria

  • Must be a Wayne State University student in the Department of Communication in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
  • Full or part-time students at the sophomore level or higher, public relations majors will be given preference
  • A minimum GPA is not required
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
  • Preference will be given to students involved in the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity
  • Recipients may use award towards tuition, supplies or PRSSA membership fees
  • Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 23, 2018.
  • Recipients will be awarded at the 2018 Alumni and Student Recognition Breakfast on Monday, April 23, 2018.
  • Student must be taking Wayne State courses for the fall 2018 and/or winter 2019 semesters.

Students Must Submit:

  • A 1-2 page letter addressing, "How has your diversity (cultural heritage, race, gender, socio-economic background, religion, family, work, and/or school experiences etc.) contributed to who you are today and your pursuit of a college education?"

Submit this information with the required materials in one package to Vicki Dallas in the Department of Communication, 585 Manoogian Hall by Friday, March 23, 2018.

Institutional funds such as the Warrior, Gold or WSU Promise awards have been funded in part by this scholarship offer. This award may replace or reduce these funds or other institutional dollars. In addition, the sum of all aid cannot exceed the financial aid cost of attendance.

 

 

 

The Renee M. Abraham-Harries Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Public Relations

Renee M. Abraham-Harries graduated from Wayne State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. While a student at Wayne State University, Ms. Abraham-Harries was active in numerous on-campus programs, especially WAYN radio station. She was an active member of Public Relations Student Society of America and was a nominee for the University's prestigious Henry-Donelly Award, which honors an outstanding graduating student. Ms. Abraham-Harries began her public relations career as a station publicist in the promotions department at WDIV-TV in Detroit and then later worked as a communications associate in the Detroit office of the United Way Foundation. At the time of her death, she was the public information director of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, where she was responsible for college-wide external and internal communications.

 In honor of Ms. Abraham-Harries, the Department of Communication at Wayne State University created this scholarship for students who best demonstrate excellent public relations writing and application skills. The student(s) who best exemplify these skills will be awarded up to $5,000 for the fall 2018 and/or winter 2019 semesters. A committee composed of Wayne State faculty and public relations professionals will decide the recipients of the award.

Criteria

  • Applicants must be full or part time students entering their junior or senior year of study, and declared public relations as their major.
  • The scholarship committee may contact applicants for a personal interview.
  • Applications for the Renee M. Abraham-Harries Memorial Endowed Scholarship must be submitted to Vicki Dallas in 585 Manoogian Hall no later than Friday, March 23, 2018.
  • The recipients of this award must be able to attend the 2018 PR Alumni and Student Recognition Breakfast on Monday, April 23, 2018.
  • Student must be taking Wayne State courses for the fall 2018 and/or winter 2019 semesters.

Students Must Submit

• Current resume

• Current WSU transcript

• One-page cover letter indicating why you are a strong candidate for this award

• Portfolio of work samples (this will be returned)

• Two letters of recommendation from a professional or a faculty member (excluding Dr. Najor)

Submit this information with the required materials in one package to Vicki Dallas in the Department of Communication, 585 Manoogian Hall by Friday, March 23, 2018.

Institutional funds such as the Warrior, Gold or WSU Promise awards have been funded in part by this scholarship offer. This award may replace or reduce these funds or other institutional dollars. In addition, the sum of all aid cannot exceed the financial aid cost of attendance.

 

Michael and Judy Layne Annual Scholarship in Communication

Michael and Judy Layne, both graduates of Wayne State University, believe in supporting those in need, and they lead by example. Both Michael and Judy are heavily involved in supporting their community. They serve on boards of various local organizations: Michael serves on the board of homeless and domestic abuse shelter organizations, while Judy serves on the board of a regional food bank and does volunteer work for her community foundation. They both understand the importance of receiving an education and the opportunities this creates. It is this understanding that led them to create the Michael and Judy Layne Annual Scholarship in Communication.

Judy earned her law degree from Wayne State University and is an attorney with Dickenson Wright, PLLC. Michael earned both his bachelors and masters degree in Urban Planning from WSU and is a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. He is also a founding partner of Marx Layne & Company, Michigan's largest independently owned public relations agency. Their generosity will aid deserving students as they endeavor to reach their goals.

It is the intention of the donor to create the Michael and Judy Layne Annual Scholarship in Communication with a donation of up to $1,000 for the fall 2018 and/or winter 2019 semesters.

Terms and Conditions

  • Additional gifts to this scholarship fund may be made at any time.
  • Preference will be given to full-time or part-time undergraduate students accepted in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and majoring in Public relations. If no qualified public relations majors can be identified, preference will be given to students majoring in journalism or communication.
  • A minimum 2.8 GPA must be maintained to be eligible for this award.
  • Applications must demonstrate financial need as defined by the college. Donors prefers that the recipient be from a financially challenged family and that the award not be made if this criterion cannot be met.
  • Awards must be used for tuition only.
  • Recipients will be awarded at the 2018 Alumni and Student Recognition Breakfast on Monday, April 23, 2018.
  • Student must be taking Wayne State courses for the fall 2018 and/or winter 2019 semesters.

Students Must Submit:

  • A 1-2 page letter addressed to the scholarship committee explaining why you are an ideal candidate for this award

Submit this information with the required materials in one package to Vicki Dallas in the Department of Communication, 585 Manoogian Hall by Friday, March 23, 2018.

Institutional funds such as the Warrior, Gold or WSU Promise awards have been funded in part by this scholarship offer. This award may replace or reduce these funds or other institutional dollars. In addition, the sum of all aid cannot exceed the financial aid cost of attendance.

 

Journalism

W. Sprague Holden Memorial Scholarship in Journalism

  • Award of up to $2,000 open to any outstanding journalism major.

Journalism Institute for Media Diversity

  • Scholarship for tuition (amounts vary) open to any high school senior or undergraduate student with minimum 3.0GPA, writing skills and evidence of potential in the communication field.

George M. and Mabel H. Slocum Scholarship in Journalism

  • Award of $250 to $1,000 open to any journalism major with outstanding scholarship and demonstrable financial need.

David Wilkie Scholarship in Journalism:

  • Award open to any journalism major of at least junior class standing who has demonstrable scholastic achievement and financial need.

Public Relations

Renee M. Abraham-Harries Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Public Relations

  • Award open to any public relations students entering their junior or senior year who have demonstrated academic excellence and the ability to make a meaningful contribution in the area of public relations.

Jeannine Gregory Memorial Scholarship in Public Relations

  • Award is open to public relations students entering their junior or senior year who have demonstrated leadership abilities in public relations.

Communication Studies

George Bohman – Rupert Cortright – Elizabeth Youngjohn Award Fund

  •  Award of $100 - $200 is open to any student specializing in debate.

David and Alice Goldman Award

  • Award of $150 - $200 open to outstanding freshman debaters.

Raymond and Alice Hayes Scholarship Fund

  • Award of $150 - $200 open to any student specializing in debate.

Talent Award (PDF)

  • Monetary award renewable for four years based on continued participation in debate program open to any high school debate student admitted to WSU.