Communications Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Communications at Elizabethtown College offers scholarship opportunities exclusive to our majors. Each year, scholarships are awarded to two communications majors. All scholarship applications are due by 4 p.m. the second Wednesday in March. Nominations for awards are submitted by students and by faculty members.

  • Communications Achievement Awards: 
    Communications Achievement Awards are presented to students for excellence in the classroom, co-curricular activities, and/or the campus media. These students stand out among others because of their dedication and commitment to the field of communications and their potential for success within the field.
  • The Donald E. Smith Excellence in Audio Production Award: 
    The Department presents this award to the student who has demonstrated exceptional creative production, management and writing skills in the field of audio production. (The award is named in memory of Donald E. Smith, a long-time Department faculty member dedicated to radio and audio production.)
  • WGAL-TV/Hearst Award for Excellence in Broadcasting: 
    The Department presents this award to the student who has demonstrated exceptional creative production, management and writing skills in the field of video production.
  • The Lancaster Newspapers Award for Excellence in Print Journalism: 
    The Department presents this award to the student who has best demonstrated ability for effective and professional news, feature and editorial writing.
  • The IABC Award for Excellence in Corporate and Institutional Communication: 
    The Department presents this award to the student who best demonstrates and exemplifies professional competence and ability in developing programs and projects used in corporate media and institutional communications and public relations.
  • The Balfour Award for Excellence in Visual Communication: 
    The Department presents this award to the student who has demonstrated noteworthy skills, efforts and experience in graphic design, multimedia, photographic and/or video graphic production based on a non-broadcast body of work.
  • The Governor James H. Duff Public Speaking and Performance Award: 
    The Department presents this award to the student who has best exemplifies excellence in spoken performance. This includes, but is not limited to class presentations, College performances such as Communications Capstone or Admissions presentations and various other media performances.
  • Outstanding Communications Senior Award: 
    This award is presented to the student who has demonstrated exceptional performance and service and upholds the highest standards of the profession in the department or the various media on campus. This award was previously known as the Raffensperger Award. 

Kaylor Memorial Scholarship

Purpose: To recognize Betty Kaylor, long-time department administrator for her contributions to the education of 600 communications majors and others at Elizabethtown College. This scholarship, awarded from an endowment fund, acknowledges a worthy rising sophomore and is to be used to continue his or her studies in the Communications program at Elizabethtown College. The non-renewable scholarship will assist the recipient by providing a reduction in tuition. Apply here.

Eligibility: Applicant must be a declared Communications major at Elizabethtown College and considered a rising sophomore.

Selection Criteria: Selection of the Betty Kaylor Memorial Scholarship will be based on the following:

  • a grade point average of at least a 2.5
  • commitment for success in a communications career and a display of continuing improvement as evidenced in an essay for that purpose accompanying the application
  • experience in the field of communications such as: practicums, employment, course work, presentations or publications
  • Two letters of recommendation are needed. One letter of recommendation needs to be from someone familiar with the candidate’s professional and personal qualifications. This letter may come from a faculty member outside of the Department, a communications professional and/or a person with knowledge of the candidate’s leadership and management potential. Department of Communications faculty/staff may not provide this letter. The other letter of recommendation must come from an Elizabethtown College student majoring in Communications.

Smith Memorial Scholarship

Purpose: To recognize Sharon Ann Smith '92, a friend, fellow student, and successful advertiser. A memorial fund was established after her tragic death weeks after getting her first position in the New York advertising community. This scholarship, awarded from an endowment fund, is intended to acknowledge a worthy rising junior and is to be used to complete his or her studies in the Communications program at Elizabethtown College. The scholarship will assist the recipient by providing a reduction in tuition. Apply here.

Eligibility: Applicant must be a declared Communications major at Elizabethtown College and considered a rising junior.

Selection Criteria: Selection of the Sharon Smith Memorial Scholarship will be based on the following:

  • Scholarship
  • Potential and commitment for success in a communications career as evidenced in an essay for that purpose accompanying the application
  • Experience in the field of communications such as: practicums, internships, employment, course work, presentations or publications
  • A demonstrated spirit of friendliness, helpfulness and effort on behalf of fellow students.
  • Two letters of recommendation are needed. One letter of recommendation must be from someone familiar with the candidate's professional and personal qualifications. This letter may come from a faculty member outside of the Department, a communications professional and/or a person with knowledge of the candidate's leadership and management potential. Department of Communications faculty/staff may not provide this letter. The other letter of recommendation must come from an Elizabethtown College student majoring in Communications.