Departmental Scholarships & Awards
Emogene Emery Speech Communication Scholarship
The scholarship was established in 1970 by Miss Emogene Emery, Departmental faculty member from 1945 to 1977, and Chair of Department of Communication, in memory of Miss Emery’s parents. The award typically goes to a student pursuing secondary speech teacher certification. Continued academic achievement allows the recipient to retain the scholarship for more than one year.
Wright Public Speaking Award
The Wright Public Speaking Award was created through Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Wright, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Wright, Jr. in 1980. This award is given to a communication major that exhibits positive public speaking skills regularly, whether through involvement with campus organizations, internships, or part-time employment.
Kincaid Journalism Award
The Naomi Kincaid Journalism Award was established in 1972 through a bequest under the will of the late Mrs. Lee Kincaid. The award is in the form of a recognition plaque and a small monetary gift, given to the communication major that has proven him/herself as an outstanding member of the department.
Mildred Paxton Moody Endowed Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of Mrs. Mildred Maxton Moody by her friends. Mrs. Moody was the first editor of The Brand, graduated from HSU in 1916 and was a “First Lady” of Texas. The recipient has to be a communication major with strengths in either written or oral communication, with preference given to writing ability.
Original endowment was created when the HSU debate team won a collegiate debate, sponsored by the Sinclair Oil Company in 1961 and 1962, broadcast on the TV program “Young America Speaks.” The recipient shall be a communication major exhibiting skills in public speaking and positive representation of the department.
Zabloudil/McClure Endowed Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. Charles McClure established the scholarship in honor of Jake Zablousil, Mrs. McClure’s twin brother. Mrs. McClure graduated from HSU in 1939, and Mr. McClure in 1942. The intent of the scholarship was to provide opportunity for students to enjoy learning and to broaden and enrich their university experience. The departmental recipient should demonstrate a desire to learn and must maintain a sound GPA.
Nancy Nell Cox Walter Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of Nancy Nell Cox Walter by her children. Mrs. Walter was named “Most Outstanding Journalism Teacher in the United States” by Columbia University in New York City and was a teacher at Cooper High School in Abilene, Thus, the award goes to a communication major with strong academic skills and excellent representation of the department.
Jack and Sue Bradford Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Sue Savage Bradford originally established this scholarship in honor of her husband, Jack C. Bradford, both HSU alumni. The Bradfords were residents of Sweetwater, running both a successful insurance agency and renowned registered Hereford stock. Recipients must use the Holy Bible as their textbook and typically study journalism, public relations, or mass media. Several recipients are chosen each academic year for this scholarship.
Koma Beryl Fields Endowment for Communication
The Koma Beryl Fields Endowment for Communication was established in March 2006 to benefit the Department of Communication at Hardin-Simmons University. The endowment is established in appreciation for the work of the department in the development of communication materials produced by the department relative to the preservation of the historically significant Charles Goodnight home place in the Texas Panhandle.
Mrs. Koma Beryl Fields is a loyal and faithful supporter of Hardin-Simmons University. Mrs. Koma Beryl (Mahler) Fields is a 1940 alumna of the institution and currently serves on the HSU Board of Development. In addition, Mrs. Fields has served a full nine-year term on the Hardin-Simmons University Board of Trustees.