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COMS Scholarship Awards

Need help paying for your education? At CSUN, we don’t want your finances to become a barrier to achieving your goals. Among the many scholarships and award resources you will find through College and University avenues, the Department of Communication Studies also offers many awards to its own majors through the generosity of patrons and alums.

Except for the Donald Cameron Award, applicants must be full-time undergraduate or graduate student COMMUNICATION STUDIES MAJORS attending California State University, Northridge. Please read the details of each scholarship before applying as scholarships are based on varying criteria. In some circumstances, because of a cap on students' financial aid packages, scholarship money may be used to defray student loans.  Scholarship awards are made in the fall and spring with applications accepted during the summer. The submission process is entirely online.

This application is only for awards/scholarships in the Communication Studies Department. Students should also consider applying for college-wide and university-wide awards and scholarships. These awards require separate applications and have different eligibility requirements and deadlines.

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Spring Deadline for Applications was April 1, 2019

NOTE: Receiving a scholarship may impact your financial aid package.  Please see a financial aid counselor.

THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

Amy Rebman CYI Outstanding Service Award

Amy Rebman was a graduate student and Teaching Associate in the COMS Dept. at the time of her death in 2006.

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer one scholarship annually of $100 

Criteria: 

  • Provided to a student who demonstrates excellence in working with the Communication Youth Institute.
  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

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Emeritus Faculty Scholarship Endowment

Award Amount:

Criteria: NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

 

Donald Cameron Award

Presented to a non-COMS major who demonstrates excellence in Forensics. 

Don Cameron is Emeritus Professor of rhetorical studies in the COMS Dept. In addition to heading the Debate Program, he served as Dept. Chair, Associate Dean of Students, Vice Provost, and President of WSCA.

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer one scholarship annually of $300

Criteria:

  • Awarded to one non-communication studies undergraduate student
  • Achieved one of the highest GPAs (3.0 minimum)
  • Contributed significantly to the life of the Department through participation in Forensics tournaments
  • Efforts to create community among undergraduate students in or out of the classroom\
  • Active engagement in off-campus community service projects, and/or
  • Lively and sustained participation in classes
  • Must have completed a financial aid application

 

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Elizabeth Berry Outstanding TA Award

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer one scholarship annually of $300

Criteria:

  • Outstanding teaching and service to students by a Teaching Associate in the Department of Communication Studies
  • Must have completed a financial aid application
  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

 

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Len Wurthman Departmental Service Award

Awarded to a student for providing significant volunteer service to the Communication Studies department. Such service could include: Aronstam Library monitors, setting up, taking down, or staffing department events, and/or members or officers of the Communication Association, Performance Ensemble, or Forensics.

Len Wurthman is Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies at CSUN. He played minor league baseball before joining the faculty, where he served as an advisor to CSUN student athletes before the more formal system of advisement was established. Len oversaw a course called the ‘Speaker’s Bureau’, a service learning course in public speaking that found students going into the community to give presentations.

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer one scholarship annually of $500.

Criteria:

  • Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who has provided significant volunteer service to the Department
  • Such service might include: Serving as an Aronstam Library monitor, volunteering at Department events, and participating as officers and/or members of the Communication Association, Forensics, or Performance Ensemble
  • Must have completed a financial aid application
  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

 

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Fred McMahon Outstanding Communicator Award

Awarded to anoutstanding undergraduate or graduate Communicator in the Department. Students may demonstrate outstanding communication abilities through coursework (written or oral presentations), class participation, conference presentations, and/or other public lectures/presentations.

Fred McMahon was a rhetorical scholar and founding member of the COMS Department. He served as Dept. Chair and Director of the Forensics team for many years, helping lead debaters to a victory that would secure the first trophy for the campus community. He also edited a small quarterly journal in the 1970s dedicated to rhetorical criticism called Exetasis.

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer one scholarship annually of $150

Criteria:

  • Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Demonstrates outstanding communication abilities through coursework (written or oral presentations), class participation, conference presentations, and/or other public lectures/presentations
  • Must have completed a financial aid application
  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

 

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Charles Mudd Award

Awarded to an outstanding graduate student in Communication Studies who contributes to the life of the Department through participation in Department events, mentoring fellow graduate students, active engagement in seminar, and/or service to the Department.

Charles Mudd was a founding member of the COMS Department and rhetorical studies scholar.

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer one scholarship annually of $100

Criteria:

  • Awarded to an exceptional graduate student who contributes to the life of the Department
  • Participate in Department events
  • Mentor fellow graduate students
  • Active engagement in seminars
  • Service to the Department
  • Must have completed a financial aid application
  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

 

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Richard Aronstam Forensics Award

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer one scholarship annually of $1000.

Criteria:

  • A high scholastic record or potential,
  • Have contributed to the department’s Forensics programs,
  • Must have completed a financial aid application
  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

 

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Richard Aronstam Performance Ensemble Award

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer one scholarship annually of $1000.

Criteria:

  • A high scholastic record or potential,
  • Have contributed to the department’s Performance Ensemble program,
  • Must have completed a financial aid application
  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

 

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Richard Aronstam Oustanding Senior Award

Awarded to two graduating seniors who have achieved one of the highest GPAs in the Department (3.0 minimum), and who have contributed significantly to the life of the Department through participation in Department events, efforts to create community among undergraduate students in or out of the classroom, active engagement in co-curricular or student programs (e.g., Communication Association, Forensics, Performance Ensemble, PRSSA, etc.), service to the Department (e.g., Aronstam Library monitor), and/or lively and sustained participation in classes.

Richard B. Aronstam was a faculty member in the Department. He wrote movie screenplays and songs (the latter of which still generate ASCAP revenue), and worked as a writer for Red Skelton, Eddie Cantor, and other popular performers during radio’s Golden Age. Richard was an avid reader. His wife, Elsie, founded the Aronstam Library by donating his private collection of books.

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer two scholarships annually of $1000 each.

Criteria:

  • Awarded to two graduating seniors who have achieved one of the highest GPAs (3.0 minimum)
  • Contributed significantly to the life of the Department through participation in Department events
  • Efforts to create community among undergraduate students in or out of the classroom active engagement in co-curricular or student programs (e.g., Communication Association, Forensics, Performance Ensemble, etc.)
  • Service to the Department (e.g., Aronstam library monitor)
  • Lively and sustained participation in classes
  • Must have completed a financial aid application
  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

 

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Spirit of Communication

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer two scholarships annually of $1000 each.

Criteria:

  • Awarded to two undergraduate students that embody the values of the Department through participation in co-curricular or student programs (e.g., Communication Association, Forensics, Performance Ensemble, etc.)
  • Efforts to create community among undergraduate students in or out of the classroom, service to the Department (e.g., Aronstam library monitor)
  • Lively and sustained participation in classes
  • Must have completed a financial aid application
  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

 

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Dean's Recognition Scholarship

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer three scholarships annually of $500 each. 

Criteria:

  • Awarded to a continuing junior (90 units)
  • Outstanding service to the Department, University and or community
  • Must have completed a financial aid application
  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

 

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Jeff Felix Family Scholarship

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer one scholarship annually of $1000.

Criteria:

  • Awarded to an academically outstanding continuing sophomore or junior (30-90 units)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Must have completed a financial aid application
  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

 

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Mary G. McEdwards Re-Entry Student Award

Awarded to a re-entry student (undergraduate or graduate) who has demonstrated significant academic achievement as a COMS major. 

Mary G. McEdwards was the first female faculty member hired in the Dept. She started college in Michigan, but paused her education to raise a family. She returned to school when her youngest child entered first grade, completing her BA in 1959 and her MA in 1960 at CSUN. She taught part-time until she was hired as Assistant Professor in 1963, and retired in 1988 as Full Professor. During her time as a professor at CSUN, Mary served campus Faculty Senate President (becoming the first woman to hold the position), and co-developed and taught a course with Professor Elizabeth Berry called The Rhetoric of Women’s Liberation. (This was the first of two courses focused on women offered by CSUN; it evolved into COMS 435 Rhetoric of Women). She is remembered as a committed mentor and advocate for women, especially returning students.

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer one scholarship annually of $250

Criteria:

  • Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate re-entry student
  • Demonstrated significant academic achievement
  • Must have completed a financial aid application
  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

 

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Kent Joel Snyder Award

Kent Joel Snyder earned his B.A. from the COMS Dept. in the 1970s and went on to work as an executive in the insurance industry. Within only a decade of graduating, he established the Snyder awards, which have benefitted CSUN students in the Department for more than 35 years now. Kent’s contributions serve as a model of giving back to the community.

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer two scholarships annually of $250 each, one to a grad student and one to an undergraduate student.

Criteria:

Awarded to a student who is

  1. in good standing at CSUN,
  2. a declared Communication Studies major, 
  3. a senior or graduate student in Fall of current academic year,
  4. GPA of 3.0 or better in either overall GPA or Communication Studies GPA

 

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Laura Rothman Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer five scholarships annually of $1000 each.

Criteria:

  • Awarded to give academically exceptional undergraduate or graduate students.
  • These students must be in good standing at CSUN, enrolled full-time, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Must have completed a financial aid application
  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

 

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Ellen and Howard Press Family Scholarship

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer one scholarship annually of $1000.

Criteria:

  • Awarded to a continuing sophomore or junior (30-90 units)
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Sought career advisement and is taking concrete, creative steps to achieve their career goals.
  • Must have completed a financial aid application
  • Must be a Communication Studies Major

 

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Bridget Sampson SMART to Finish Scholarships

Award Amount:
The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer two scholarships of $1000 for 2019 only.

Criteria:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in Communication Studies and have at least one additional semester remaining at CSUN
  • A minimum of a grade point average of 3.0.
  • Complete a 1,000 word essay that features a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely) goal for completing your education. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review SMART goals before completing the essay.
  • Preference for a student displaying leadership skills or one who has provided service to the department.
  • Write a creative essay the selection committee will enjoy.

 

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