The Hearst Foundations have awarded a $500,000 grant to Quinnipiac University to establish scholarships for underrepresented students enrolled in the School of Communications, according to a release.
As a result of the award, two undergraduate students will be selected annually to receive scholarships from the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund at Quinnipiac, the release said. To be eligible, students must be in the top 20 percent of their high school class and score at least 1,200 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT, according to the release.
“We are delighted with the significant gift from the Hearst Foundations to attract and retain high-performing, underrepresented students at the School of Communications at Quinnipiac,” said Mark Contreras, dean of the QU School of Communications, also in the release. “This Hearst grant will create a more representative and diverse student body at the school moving forward.”
The first two Hearst scholars will be selected for the fall 2019 semester and two more scholars will be chosen each of the next four years, resulting in eight Hearst scholars by fall 2022, the release said.
“The Hearst Foundations are committed to supporting organizations that can make significant contributions to the communities they serve. We have been impressed with the programs, faculty and staff at the School of Communications and are excited to begin this partnership with Quinnipiac,” George Irish, Eastern director of the Hearst Foundations, said, also in the release.
The release also noted that the School of Communications offers “undergraduate majors in advertising and integrated communications; communications and media studies; film, television and media arts; graphic and interactive design; journalism; and public relations. It also offers accelerated programs and dual-degree programs in interactive media and communications; journalism; public relations; and sports journalism. The school also offers graduate programs in interactive media and communications; journalism; public relations; and sports journalism.”