University of Houston
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Houston, TX 77204-3302
Phone: (713) 743-2873
Fax: (713) 743-2876
Alumni UH VSOCAA
Jack J. Valenti School of Communication Alumni Association Undergraduate Scholarships
The Jack J. Valenti School of Communication Alumni Association is pleased to announce the availability of up to $8,000 in scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students majoring in Communication, and will range from $1,000 to $2,500 in amount.
The scholarships will be paid in two installments (fall and spring semesters) to assist with tuition, fees and textbook costs. The recipients must enroll full time each semester, and must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.50 at the close of the fall semester to receive the spring installment. These awards apply only to students attending the University of Houston Main Campus and not other universities in the UH System.
Eligibility Requirements – All students enrolling or currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in 2013 at the School of Communication are eligible to apply. The following criteria must be met:
- U.S. citizen or permanent Texas resident.
- Texas high school graduate approved for admission to the UH main campus in the 2013-2014 academic year without waiver, on an unconditional basis, OR current School of Communication undergraduate.
- Full time enrollment (12 hours per semester) at the UH main campus.
- 3.00 minimum cumulative high school GPA (for new undergrads).
- 3.50 minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA (for current undergrads).
- Declared Communication major.
The scholarship selection committee will consider academic performance, financial need, extracurricular activities, and personal essays. The committee will also consider the applicant’s level of interest and experience in the communication field, although experience is not required for consideration. The committee will determine the relative weight given to each criterion. There are no restrictions to applicants based on gender, race, nationality, physical disability or sexual orientation.
Top candidates may be asked to participate in a brief telephone interview.
Recipients will be notified in writing in no later than April 30, 2013 and are required to attend the Valenti School of Communication Alumni Association’s annual meeting, to be held in August 2013, to accept the awards.
Applications must be mailed to the Houston Alumni Association office. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Include the following items in the application package:
- Completed and signed application.
- Official high school transcript(s) - Incoming Freshmen applicants only.
- Official undergraduate transcript(s) - Current undergraduate applicants only.
- A minimum of two letters of recommendation. One must come from a teacher/professor, and the other(s) may come from a teacher/professor, advisor, community leader, employer or counselor.
Application packages must be received or postmarked by April 12, 2013 to be considered.
Mail complete application package to:
VSOCAA Scholarship Committee
Houston Alumni Association
P. O. Box 230345 Houston, Texas 77223-0345
Questions? Please contact Tempest Solcich
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General Board Members
- (1986) Peter Roussel
Former Deputy Press Secretary, The White House
- (1987) Tom Rieff *
Former President and General Manager, KPRC-TV
- (1988) Robert Gray
Founder, Houston Business Journal
- (1989) Tom Jarriel
- (1989) Ben Pearlman
Pearlman Productions, Inc.
- (1990) Robert Newberry
Fomer Columnist, The Houston Post
- (1991) Lynn A. Christian
Former Senior Vice President, Radio National Association of Broadcasters
- (1992) John T. Crowe
President, John Crowe Productions
- (1992) Ted G. Nance
Former Assistant Athletic Director, Media and Community Relations, University of Houston
- (1993) Mickey Herskowitz
Columnist, Houston Chronicle, Biographer
- (1994) Janet Goforth
Adjunct Professor, University of Houston
- (1995) W.T. (Bill) Davis
Channel 8's First Chief Engineer
- (1996) Jim Nantz
- (1997) Sonceria Messiah-Jiles
Publisher, The Defender
- (1998) Bill Worrell
Broadcaster, Former Sports Director of KPRC-TV
- (2000) John Peterson
Member, Vice President of Marketing, Cooper Industries, Inc.
Past President, Houston Alumni Organization
COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEARShow/Hide
- (1989) Ray Miller
Author, Television Personality
- (1990) Ron Stone
Former News Anchor, KPRC-TV
- (1991) Paul Pepe, M.D.
Chief, Houston Emergency Medical Services
- (1992) Allan E. Howard
President and General Manager, KHOU-TV
- (1993) Dr. W.W. Kemmerer *
Former President, University of Houston Founder, KHUT-TV
- (1994) Richard J.V. Johnson
Publisher, Houston Chronicle
- (1995) Dan Rather
Anchor and Managing Editor, CBS Evening News
- (1996) Steve Smith
News Anchor, KHOU-TV
- (1997) Elyse Lanier
"First Lady of Houston"
- (1998) Gene McDavid
Member, University of Houston Board of Regents
Chairman, Houston Forum
- (2000) Robert Eckels
Harris County Judge
HALL OF FAMEShow/Hide
- (1996) Jim Ross
Television Comedy Pioneer
- (1997) Willard E. Walbridge
Founder, ABC-TV Houston
- (1998) Dr. Philip Hoffman
Former President of University of Houston
President, Texas Medical Center, Inc.
- (2000) Bunny Orsak
"Kitirik", KTRK-TV/Channel 13