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11 communication students awarded scholarships at TSU’s Annual CommWeek 

Written by on April 16, 2024

Each student received $1,000 through the SOC scholarship initiative 

Scholarships alleviate financial stress and contribute to academic success, degree completion, and equitable access to education, according to experts in higher education. They are a valuable resource for college students, opening doors that might otherwise remain closed due to financial barriers. The 2024 CommWeek – the 42nd Intercultural and Communication Conference of the School of Communication (SOC) at Texas Southern University ended Friday, April 12 on a high note. Eleven communication students walked away with $1,000 checks each as beneficiaries of the SOC CommWeek Scholarship initiative.

The recipients of the 2024 CommWeek scholarships are Christopher Jarmon, Rachel Frank, Benjamin Clark, Racheal Lewis, Briannah Dilworth, Courtney Roberts, Precious Johnson, Douglas Gordon, Briana Williams, Zoria Goodley, and Erin Slaughter. The $1,000 SOC scholarship initiative is aimed at helping students overcome financial obstacles while pursuing their academic goals. The funds can be used to cover tuition, textbooks, and other educational expenses, as well as living costs like housing, transportation, and food.

Dr. Chris Ulasi, the Interim Dean of the School of Communication, said that the scholarship funds were made possible through grants and donations from corporate and local businesses. These contributions were specifically designated for talented and economically disadvantaged students within the School of Communication.

“Many of these students rely on financial aid to support their education. Therefore, we prioritized collaborating with private and corporate partners to support this initiative,” Dr. Ulasi said.

Themed “Amplifying Diverse Voices in Media and Communication,” CommWeek kicked off on April 8 and concluded with an Awards Gala on Friday, April 12, 2024, where scholarships were presented.

Throughout the week, scholars, students, professionals, and civic leaders engaged in discussions on topics with cultural, political, economic, and social significance, as well as communication dynamics.

The School of Communication (SOC) at Texas Southern University is a dynamic academic institution that fosters interdisciplinary learning. With four departments and two graduate programs – Communication Studies, Entertainment Recording Industry Management (ERIM), Journalism, and Radio, Television, and Film (RTF), along with Master of Arts (MA) in Communication and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Professional Communication and Digital Media (PCDM) – SOC has been a leader in training culturally responsive professionals and scholars for nearly five decades. Graduates are equipped to navigate diverse urban and international environments with inclusivity and a deep understanding of historical context.