Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

BA in Communication

Program Scholarships

Bruce B. Manchester Forensics Team Member Scholarship Endowment    

Established in 2004 by Bruce B. Manchester, Professor Emeritus of Communication, who retired from Mason in 2004 after serving as a faculty member for 29 years. The purpose of the fund is to provide one or more scholarships for an active member of the Mason Forensics Team. Recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student, an active member of the Mason Forensics Team, qualify based on contribution, or potential contribution, to the Mason Forensics Team, and may be an in-state or out-of-state student.

Christine Worthen Eames Memorial Scholarship Endowment    

Established in 2006 in memory of Christine W. Eames, Communications ’99, an alumna of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, by her mother, Joan Christensen Eames. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for students who are aspiring writers. Recipients must be an undergraduate majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing or in communications with a concentration in journalism. Recipient may be a full-time or part-time student and an in-state or out-of-state student, and qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The scholarship is renewable, subject to the availability of funds. 

George Mason University Forensics Alumni and Friends Endowment

Established in 2002 by alumni, faculty, and friends of the forensics team. The purpose of the fund is to support the team through scholarships, events, awards, and in other ways. Recipients must be full-time undergraduate students, who will qualify based on contribution, or potential contribution, to the George Mason University Forensics team and may be in-state or out-of-state students.

George Mason University Debate Team Scholarship

To support scholarships for members of the debate team.

Kevin Athari Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Established in 1991 by Kevin Athari’s parents, Freydoon Athari, MD and Roshan Athari, ’81, joined by others, to provide scholarships for students majoring in communication. Kevin Athari was awarded a baccalaureate posthumously in 1991. The scholarship will be awarded for the senior year, with selection of the recipient following the junior year, and shall be made to a student who has participated in school publications, such as a school newspaper, and has shown dedication, academic motivation and leadership, and has been an active participant in University affairs. Applicants for this scholarship may apply directly, or be nominated by Department of Communication faculty.

Michael L. Pearce Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Established in 1999 by Susan K. Tomasovic, MAIS ’90 in memory of her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Pearce, USAF (Ret.). Ms. Tomasovic, an alumna of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is a faculty member in the Department of Communication. This fund supports scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in communications. Recipient must have completed at least 12 credit hours within the Department of Communication and have completed at least 85 credit hours within the university. Recipient will qualify on the basis of academic merit, achieving a minimum GPA of 3.0. Recipient must be an in-state student; and may be either full- or part-time. Preference will be given to a student with an interest in media persuasion and communication. This scholarship is not renewable.

Current students may apply for this scholarship through the Office of Financial Aid Award Spring portal

Wu-Shane Scholarship Endowment

The Wu-Shane Scholarship was established to support one or more student scholarship awards in compliance with the Minority Advisory Board Scholarship criteria, application, and renewal process established by the George Mason University Board of Visitors at its meeting on January 12, 2000 (available upon request). Additionally, the recipient will be an undergraduate majoring in communication, psychology, or management. This scholarship was established by D. Jean Wu, MS ’87, and her husband, Jeffrey N. Shane, to provide scholarships for socio-economically disadvantaged students majoring in communication, psychology, or management. Ms. Wu is a former trustee of the George Mason University Foundation and former member of the Board of Visitors of the university.

Wendy Balazik Communication and Social Change Scholarship

In honor and memory of Wendy Balazik, who was a media coordinator for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Award is intended to support a scholarship in communications/social change.

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