2018 Social Science & Communication Studies Awards Ceremony

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Communication Studies Awards Ceremony

Penny Jolliffe Scholarship

Named in honour of a long-standing member of the COMN Studies Department at the University, this award goes to a student in the 1st-year “Introduction to Communications” course who has a high GPA, is recommended by the Course Director, and is continuing on into second year as a major in COMN Studies.

Dalton Kehoe Prize

This award honours Professor Dalton Kehoe, a long-time member of the former COMN Studies Programs, who retired in 2008. This award is given to a student in the 2nd-year course “Communication in Everyday Life” who has a high GPA, is recommended by the Course Director, & is continuing on as a major in COMN Studies.

Reva Orlicky Memorial & Founding Friends Award

This award was established by York University alumni and friends to provide a bursary to a deserving upper-year Communication Studies major (3rd or 4th year), under the guidelines of the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund. Priority is given to those students who have shown an interest in, or are taking courses on the context and conditions for radio/public broadcasting in Canada, who have a high GPA, and are in financial need. Students need to write a short letter explaining how they meet the criteria.

Fokus Media Award #1

The award is given to a student who is a double-major in COMN Studies and a Social Science program, who has completed at least 60 credits, and who holds the highest cumulative GPA among the qualified candidates.

Fokus Media Award #2

Open to all 4th year graduating Communication Studies majors. A student may apply to both Fokus awards but can only be granted one of the two. This award was established by Fokus Media to support a Communication Studies major who is interested in pursuing a career in advertising, marketing or media. The award is given to a student who has 84 credits earned, who has a high overall GPA, and demonstrates financial need.

York International Exchange Award

Established by former Undergraduate Program Director Mary-Louise Craven, this award ($500) is given to a COMN Studies major who has successfully completed a York University International Exchange and is currently completing their Honours degree, who has a high overall GPA, and who is in financial need.

Arthur Siegel Memorial Award

This award honours Arthur Siegel who, over his 34-year career at York, was instrumental in shaping York’s COMN Studies Program and served as Chair of the Department of Social Science, among many other achievements. The award is given to a student who is a double-major in COMN Studies and a Social Science program, who has completed at least 60 credits, and who holds the highest cumulative GPA among the qualified candidates.

Jerry Durlak Prize

This award honours Professor Jerry Durlak, a member of the former COMN Studies Program, who retired in 2005 and passed away in 2010. This award is given to a student in the 2nd-year course “Information & Technology” who has a high GPA, is recommended by the Course Director, and is continuing on as a major in COMN Studies.

Eric Koch Award

This award honours Professor Eric Koch, a member of the former COMN Studies Program, who retired in 2003 & passed away in 2018. This award is given to a student in the 2nd-year course “Politics, Policy & the Media” who has a high GPA, is recommended by the Course Director, and is continuing on as a major in COMN Studies.