Communication Department Awards

Academic Excellence Award* Awarded to the graduating senior with the highest overall grade point average.

  • 2014 Recipient – Lisa Perry
  • 2013 Recipient – Joshua Brossmann
  • 2012 Recipients – Jennifer Holton, Howard Regal
  • 2011 Recipient – Taylor Nagy

Outstanding Senior Award* Awarded to an outstanding graduating CO major who has been heavily involved in at least two areas of the major…not awarded every year.

  • 2014 Recipient – Dale Armbruster
  • 2013 Recipient – Brian Bayer
  • 2012 Recipient – Matthew Crow
  • 2010 Recipient – Craig Willert

*The winner is also acknowledged at the College of Arts and Sciences Senior Award Ceremony


Monetary Awards Toward Tuition

Joan Louise Cunniff Award for Interpersonal Communication Given to a graduating Senior on the basis of academic standing and excellence in interpersonal skills.

  • 2014 Recipient – Rachel Friend
  • 2013  Recipient – Brynne Deppas
  • 2012  Recipient – Amanda Corsi
  • 2011 Recipient – Maura Jochum

Kathryn E. Dolan Communication Award Given to a graduating senior CO major who has demonstrated the most overall support to the operation of the department.

  • 2014 Recipient – Emily Stolfer
  • 2013 Recipient – Joshua Brossmann
  • 2012 Recipient- Amanda Corsi
  • 2011 Recipient – Duchess Adjei

Patti Rosenfeld Scholarship Given for the senior year to a CO major on the basis of need and academic standing.

  • 2014 Recipients – Courtney Radtkin, Karyn Adams
  • 2013 Recipient – Maura Stewart
  • 2012 Recipient- Brian Bayer
  • 2011 Recipient – Carrie Vollentine

The Plain Dealer Journalism Scholarship Given for the senior year to a CO major for excellence in print media.

  • 2014 Recipient – Alexandra Higl
  • 2013 Recipients – Zachary Mentz, Ryllie Danylko
  • 2012 Recipients – Daniel Cooney, Brian Bayer
  • 2011 Recipient – Dan Cooney

General Electric Public Relations Award Given for the senior year to a CO major who has interest and ability in public relations.

  • 2014 Recipient – Ellen Dietrick
  • 2013 Recipient – Lauren Cafarell
  • 2012 Recipient – Alexis Gallo
  • 2011 Recipient – Caitlin Cardosi

Austin Freeley Award Given to a CU student who has excelled in debate and debates on the JCU team.

  • 2014 Recipients – Brigette Mendes, Christopher Mitschow
  • 2013 Recipients – Emily Stolfer, Noel Massarelli
  • 2012 Recipients – Noel Massarelli, Emily Stolfer
  • 2011 Recipients – Josh Brossmann, Will Butler

John J. Reardon Award Given for the senior year to a CO major who has contributed sgnificantly to JCU Theatre.

  • 2014 Recipients – Robin Weaver, Amanda Farinelli
  • 2013 Recipient – Emily Stolfer
  • 2012 Recipients – Sara Abbott, Brendan Hancock
  • 2011 Recipient – Brian Devers

James Breslin Scholarship Given for the senior year to a CO major who has done outstanding work in telelvision production.

  • 2014 Recipient – Ashley Bastock
  • 2013 Recipient – Andrew Ettinger
  • 2011 Recipient – Jen Holton
  • 2010 Recipient – James Burry

James Breslin Award for TV Production Given for the junior or senior year to a CO major on the basis of actual productions submitted.

Lee Andrews Broadcasting Award Given for the senior year to a CO major who has contributed the most to WJCU and who seeks a career in broadcasting.

  • 2014 Recipient – Dale Armbruster
  • 2013 Recipient – Rachel Halle
  • 2012 Recipient- Spencer German
  • 2011 Recipients – Amanda Corsi, Howard Regal

Bobbi Bokman-Rogers Award Given for the senior year to a student who is a CO major active in PRSSA and demonstrates extraordinary commitment to public relations.

  • 2014 Recipient – Nina Garcia-Wasnich
  • 2013 Recipient – Alyssa Giannirakis
  • 2010 Recipient – Megan Abraham

Druckenbrod Scholarship in Ethics Given for the junior or senior year to a CO major enrolled in the Media Ethics class or has taken Media Ethics and produces a winning essay on how ethics will impact his/her career.

  • 2014 Recipient – Ashley Bastock
  • 2013 Recipient - Taylor Horen
  • 2010 Recipient – Anna Schade

Alan R. Stephenson Scholarship

  • 2014 Recipient – David Schillero
  • 2013 Recipient – Gabriella Kreuz
  • 2012 Recipient- Curtis Walker
  • 2011 Recipient – Howard Regal

Stevens-Baron Award Given for the senior year to a CO major seeking a career in public relations.  Student must have a 3.0 GPA and submit a winning essay.  This award is given alternately with the Marketing Department. Wm. F. Buckley Award in Religion Journalism Given to a CO major maintaining a 3.0 GPA who has submitted an essay on Catholic advocacy or, written an article for The Carroll News on this topic.  Other forms of media are permitted.


Awards of Ackknowledgement

Professional Encouragement Award

A subscription to one of the communication journals is awarded to a CO graduate student who has demonstrated commitment to the disipline and an excellent academic performance.

  • 2014 Recipient – Tea Kokhreidze
  • 2013 Recipient – Howard Regal
  • 2012 Recipient – Peter Honsberger
  • 2011 Recipient – Angie Weimer

Society of Professional Journalists Award 

  • 2014 Recipient – Alexandra Higl
  • 2013 Recipient – Rachelle Halle

Awarded to the CO major who has done the most to participate in the student Chapter of SPJ at John Carroll University.

Debate and Theatre Awards 

Debate – President’s Cup: Awarded to a Junior or Senior

  • 2014 Recipients – Emily Stolfer, Noel Massarelli
  • 2013 Recipients – Emily Stolfer, Noel Massarelli
  • 2012 Recipients- Joshua Brossmann, Shannon Parker
  • 2011 Recipients – Will Butler, Josh Brossmann

Debate – Dean’s Cup: Awarded to a Junior or Senior

  • 2014 Recipients – Christopher Mitschow, Brigette Mendes
  • 2013 Recipients – Christopher Mitschow, Jeremy Himmelright
  • 2012 Recipients- Noel Massarelli, Emily Stolfer

Theatre - Superior Performance in Theatre Production

  • 2014 Recipient – Luke Hearty
  • 2013 Recipients – Brendan Hancock, Margaret McPhee
  • 2012 Recipients – Brian Devers, Daniel Simpson
  • 2011 Recipient – Taylor Nagy

Alpha Psi Omega Award – Awarded to the graduating senior who contributes significantly to JCU Theatre.

  • 2014 Recipient – Emily Stolfer
  • 2013 Recipient – Sara Abbott
  • 2011 Recipient – Ali Karolczak

Fred McClure Scholarship for Most Promising Sophmore

  • 2014 Recipient – Thuy Le

Certificate of Achievement

Film Studies

  • 2013 Recipient – Rachel Halle

Media Writing

  • 2013 Recipient – Rachel Halle

* Instructor nomination required + Monetary award