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2015-2016 Undergraduate Scholarships

The following is a summary of available donor funded scholarship awards for currently enrolled undergraduate SOC students. All scholarships require a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher unless otherwise noted. Additional criteria are listed for each award. Applicants who do not meet all criteria will be disqualified.

The awards listed below have different methods by which students should apply. Three of the awards are included in an application process by which students should complete the application on the right side of this page. The application deadline for these scholarships has passed for the 2015-2016 academic year. These three scholarships include:

  • William Kermit Barclift Scholarship

  • Margery Kraus Scholarship for the Study of Global Communication and Public Affairs

  • Miriam Ottenberg Memorial Scholarship

Application information for the 2016-2017 academic year will be updated in March 2016 for these three scholarships.

Application information for the other scholarships is listed in the description of each award.

Applicants may contact AU Central directly for questions regarding their financial aid package and to learn more about how these scholarships may affect their financial aid package.

For general questions about the donor funded scholarship program, please email communication@american.edu.

Scholarship Application

Use the application at this link to apply for the Barclift, Kraus, and Ottenberg Scholarships for 2016-2017.

AVAILABLE MARCH 2016


2015-2016 SOC Undergraduate Scholarships


WILLIAM KERMIT BARCLIFT SCHOLARSHIP

The William Kermit Barclift Scholarship was established by Helen and Kermit T. Barclift, in memory of their son William Kermit Barclift ’68, MA ’69. The scholarship is awarded to a current freshman enrolled full time in the School of Communication, based on academic merit and financial need, and is not renewable from year to year. 

Number of Available Awards: 1
Amount: $1,900


JOHN R. BOWDEN JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

*The Bowden Memorial Scholarship recipient is selected in conjunction with the Visions Awards. This award is not included in the application process explained above. Contact Professor Leena Jayaswal with questions. 

The John R. Bowden Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of John Bowden Jr. ’68 by his parents, John and Mary Ann Bowden, and brother, David Bowden. The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled in the School of Communication and studying photography. Recipient(s) are selected by photography faculty in conjunction with the Visions Awards in the spring semester. The award is given to the student producing the most outstanding work in photography. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for this award. 

Number of Available Awards: 1
Amount: $6,000


MICHAEL FORMAN AND BONNIE BRAE FORMAN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
*The Michael Forman and Bonnie Brae Forman Endowed Scholarship recipients are selectioned in conjuction with the Visions Awards. This award is not included in the application process explained above. Contact Professor John Douglass with questions.

The Michael Forman and Bonnie Brae Forman Endowed Scholarship was established by trustee emeritus, Michael R. Forman. This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in film and media arts and who has excelled in the field. Recipients are selected by faculty based on work submitted to the Visions Awards in the spring semester. This scholarship is renewable from year to year.

Number of Available Awards: 4
Amount: $5,000


JACK JUREY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
*The Jurey Memorial Scholarship is not included in this application process. Please contact Professor Jill Olmsted with questions.

The Jurey Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of broadcaster Jack Jurey by his wife, Philomena Jurey. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students pursuing a career in broadcast journalism are eligible to apply. Additionally, only those undergraduate students who have completed COMM-385, Digital Audio Production, are eligible. The application process for this award is communicated each spring semester.

Number of Available Awards: TBD
Amount: TBD


MARGERY KRAUS SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE STUDY OF GLOBAL COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Established by APCO Worldwide, this scholarship is awarded in honor of APCO CEO, AU alumna, and trustee Margery Kraus '67, MA '71. It is awarded annually to a student with career interests in global communications and public affairs/relations with an international focus. Applicants must be a rising junior or senior in standing at the time of application with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, with preference given to female students. Students must also be currently enrolled, or have future plans to enroll, in a summer or semester long study abroad program offered by American University. The scholarship will be applied to qualified tuition and related expenses assessed for enrollment in an AU study abroad program and is not renewable from year to year.

Number of Available Awards: 1
Amount: $2,500

MIRIAM OTTENBERG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Miriam Ottenberg Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Miriam Ottenberg, a former reporter for the Washington Star, by friends and family. The scholarship is awarded to a full time, rising junior or senior student majoring in print journalism who is in good standing and has financial need. Secondary consideration will be given to students in other majors in the School of Communication. This scholarship is renewable from year to year.

Number of Available Awards: 2
Amount: $4,000