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ADPR Scholarships & Awards

The School of Advertising and Public Relations has department-wide scholarships available to its majors. These scholarships typically range from $500-$3,500 and are awarded in the spring term for the following fall term. ADPR also awards funds year-round to students doing professional development or to students in financial need.

Scholarship information can be found here: primary scholarship information. You will see links on the right-hand side under student types, this will take you to the primary form.

Scholarships are not available for non-majors.

Scholarship recipients are announced annually at the CCI Scholarship Banquet in April.

 

Advertising Scholarships Available

  • Bohan Advertising Endowment Scholarship: This scholarship is intended for students who have financial need and have demonstrated good academic performance.
  • Carol Poston Scholarship Fund: Students who have demonstrated successful academic performance and past recipients of this award will be given preference.
  • Jody Chambers Scholarship: For students who are Junior or Senior status, Students who have demonstrated successful academic performance, students with financial need and past recipients of this award will be given preference.
  • Charles Tombras Scholarship: Preference is given to students who show interest in the creative function of advertising.  Past recipients of this award will also be given first preference.
  • Christopher Grabenstein Advertising Student Support Endowment: For Undergraduate or Graduate students, Students must have participated in advertising professional development trips to apply.
  • Ron Taylor Advertising Scholarship: For students who are Junior or Senior status or Graduate Students. Students who apply for this scholarship should have demonstrated academic excellence and interest in advertising research, and/or show extreme financial hardship as well as outstanding professional promise.  Preference is given to past recipients of the award.
  • Sellers Advertising Endowment Scholarship: For Undergraduate or Graduate Students, Applicants must demonstrate excellent academic performance.  Financial need may also be considered.
  • Richard Joel Scholarship Fund: For Undergraduate Students.
  • Charles Davis Scholarships / AdClub Scholarships: For Undergraduate students who are Junior or Senior in Status. Students must have a minimum 2.8 GPA. Financial need may also be considered.
  • Avron Spiro, Jr. Scholarship: Students must demonstrate excellent professional potential.  Financial need may also be considered. (For Advertising and Public Relation Majors)
  • Conaway Advertising Fund: For Undergraduate and Graduate Students, This scholarship provides support for students who participate in pre-professional activities, such as, but not limited to, national and regional competitions, department trips to advertising agencies and advertising conferences.
  • Advertising & PR Student Travel Fund: This fund is dedicated to the support of students completing professional development through travel, conference registration and more.
  • Charlie Trombras Memorial Fund
  • Maureen Taylor Graduate: For Graduate Students, This fund is provided at the discretion of the Director and Scholarship committee. It is meant to provide support to graduate students for research and data gathering.
  • Chuck and Aprill Jones Scholarship: Students must demonstrate an interest in creative advertising work through one or more of the following successful completion of Advertising 250 or work in Creative Writing. Preference will be given to Juniors or Seniors focusing on the creative side of advertising.


Public Relations Scholarships

  • Randy and Glenda Neely Scholarship: Students must have outstanding academic performance.
  • Karen and Frederick Bauchsbaum Endowment for Communication Excellence: Students who are Junior and Senior in Status and for Graduate Students. For preprofessional PRSSA travel support or undergraduate scholarship. The recipient must be from outside of Tennessee and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Mark A. and Janice V. McNeely Endowment Scholarship: Preference for alum of Fulton High School in Knoxville or other graduates eligible for Tennessee Promise Scholarship.
  • Julian and Virginia Harriss Memorial Scholarship Fund: Scholarship professional promise, and financial need.
  • Shelton Group Fellowship Fund: This fund was established to support one scholarship/internship to the Shelton Group annually.
  • Advertising & PR Student Travel Fund: This fund is dedicated to the support of students completing professional development through travel, conference registration and more.
  • Avron Spiro Jr., Scholarship: Students must demonstrate excellent professional potential. Financial need may also be considered.
  • Maureen Taylor Graduate Student Scholarship Fund: For Graduate Students, This fund is provided at the discretion of the Director and scholarship committee. It is meant to provide support to graduate students for research and data gathering.
  • Sammie Lynn Puett Fund: Provides student travel to the PRSSA student conference. It provides entries to the Bateman case competition. This prize is given annually to the top-performing student that shows professional promise.
  • The Eugene and Sammie Lynn Puett Fund: This award is used to benefit students who are a member of PRSSA. Its intent is for professional development, trips, the PRSSA conference, and when appropriate, scholarship funding. This award is given annually to the top-performing academic student.

Supporters

The School of Advertising and Public Relations depends on the financial contributions of its graduates and friends to advance and maintain the quality of its programs. Money to support student travel, faculty travel and the purchase of classroom instructional equipment comes almost entirely from outside monies. In addition, generous alumni donations have established and maintained a strong program of scholarships to support undergraduate students.

If you would like to contribute to the general scholarship fund to support either advertising or public relations students, please send your contribution to:

Dr. Sally Mcmillan, Ph.D.

Professor and Interim Director
School of Advertising and Public Relations
476 Communications Building
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996

email: sjmcmill@utk.edu

Phone: (865) 974-3048

Checks should be made payable to the School of Advertising & Public Relations.