Scholarship opportunities are available for students of the Communication Department. Students who are active in our mass communication program may apply for program-specific scholarships. In addition, honor and memorial scholarships are awarded to the program’s outstanding students each academic year.
For information on scholarship opportunities for the speech & theatre program, please see www.nwosu.edu/theatre-scholarships.
In addition to the listed eligibility requirements for these mass communication scholarships, students must meet any requirements set forth by Northwestern’s Office of Financial Aid.
SCHOLARSHIPS – MASS COMMUNICATION PROGRAM
Phil Noah Scholarship:
This scholarship was established in memory of Northwestern alumnus Phil Noah following his death in 1983.It was established by members of his family and numerous other sources. Noah, recognized at one time with an Outstanding Alumnus Award, was a distinguished business leader until his retirement in 1972. The goal of this award is to provide encouragement for students pursuing academic training in the fields of mass communication and public relations. To be eligible for this award, a student must be a junior studying mass communication at Northwestern and must have earned at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (based on 4.0 scale). Areas considered in the selection process are academic merit, leadership, dedication, and future goals.
The Wayne Lane Scholarship:
This scholarship was established in 1998 to honor more than 28 years of service to Northwestern by Wayne Lane. Lane’s work led to the development of our mass communication program. This scholarship is awarded to mass communication students who demonstrate personal integrity, dedication to the journalism profession, and outstanding performance in the classroom. To be eligible for this award, the student must be a mass communication major who has earned at least 61 credit hours with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale). The recipient must demonstrate a record of successful participation and a commitment to continued participation on staff of at least one of the campus media outlets.
The Todd Wesley Dayton Memorial Scholarship:
This scholarship was established in 2001 in honor of Todd Wesley Dayton by his family and friends. Memorial contributions also were given in honor of Todd after the death of his grandfather, Leo Dayton. Todd graduated from Pond Creek-Hunter High School in 1991. In 1996, he graduated from Northwestern with a bachelor's degree in the area of mass communication. Upon graduation from Northwestern, Todd began working as a computer network specialist. On June 3, 2000, Todd passed away from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a continuing student majoring in mass communication. To be eligible for this award, the student must be a Northwestern junior or senior with at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale). Preference is given to applicants from the Pond Creek-Hunter area when applicable.
Larry Hammer Mass Communication Scholarship:
This scholarship was established in honor of Larry Hammer in 2004 by his family and friends. Northwestern presented Hammer with an honorary degree in recognition of his “distinct public service” to the University and all of Northwest Oklahoma. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to an upperclassman majoring in mass communication at Northwestern. To be eligible for this award, a student must have completed at least 61 credit hours and must have earned at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale). Preference is given to applicants who are residents of the northwestern part of Oklahoma.
Noel & Ruth Taylor and E.M. Barker Scholarship:
This scholarship was established in 2007 in honor of the parents of Jim and Patty Barker to recognize their dedication in the fields of education and mass communication. This scholarship is awarded to a junior or a senior attending the Northwestern-Alva campus who as earned at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale). This award is shared by the education and mass communication programs. The recipient of this award must be an education major (on even years) and a mass communication major (on odd years).
The Dean Linder Broadcast Scholarship:
This scholarship was established in honor of Judge Dean Linder. The initial award was presented in 2013. Linder, the radio "Voice of the Rangers" for 28 years (1962-1990), was inducted into Northwestern’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. To be eligible for this award, a student must be a mass communication major who has earned at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale).
These scholarships are available to incoming freshman and continuing students who are active in the mass communication program, campus media, and the University’s chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and/or Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association (OBEA).