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2017-2018 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 below. The application deadline for these scholarships will be in April 2017. Information will be emailed to students in March 2017. These scholarships include:

  • William Kermit Barclift Scholarship

  • Miriam Ottenberg Memorial Scholarship

  • Michael Forman and Bonnie Brae Forman Scholarship

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 APPLICATIONS

The application deadline for the Barclift, Ottenberg and Forman Scholarships for 2017-2018 was April 10, 2017 at 8:00am. Notifications will be made in June.

2017-2018 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: $2,000


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: $6,500


MICHAEL FORMAN AND BONNIE BRAE FORMAN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
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. This scholarship is renewable from year to year.

Number of Available Awards:4
Amount: $6,000


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: $5,000

 

NICK CHARLES SCHOLARSHIP

The Nick Charles Scholarship will be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing a Journalism degree in the University's School of Communication. Preference will be given to students of color who demonstrate a dedication to expanding diversity within the field of broadcast journalism and are committed to pursuing a career in journalism upon graduation. Both Broadcast and Print Journalism students may apply. The scholarship is renewable from year to year. This award is not available this year.

Number of Available Awards: 0
Amount: $0