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Helping Students in a Time of Need December 10, 2020

Posted by Mia Moody-Ramirez in : Uncategorized , trackback


During these challenging times, Baylor Journalism, Public Relations & New Media had more students than usual seek financial assistance in the fall semester. Fortunately, the department has more than $200,000 in endowed scholarships to award each academic year. For 2019-20, we were blessed to be able to award a total of 91 scholarships. This includes students who reached out to us after the March deadline.

A breakdown of the number of scholarships awarded is below:

Freshman    48
Sophomores    14
Juniors    20
Seniors    9
Total        91

Last year, our department endowed a scholarship in Sara Stone, Ph.D.’s name. This semester, we hope to launch a campaign to raise funds for a scholarship in honor of former Chair Doug Ferdon, Ph.D. Look for details in this newsletter.

We highlight a few of our scholarship recipients below. Please visit our Facebook page to see more.

Landry Leatherwood is a 2020 recipient of a Carmage Walls scholarship. Leatherwood is a senior from Irving, Texas. She has interned at The Cove Waco, the Midway ISD Education Foundation and is currently an Advanced PR Intern at Four Columns Marketing in downtown Waco. Landry also serves on the Panhellenic Executive Board, is a member of PRSSA and Chi Omega and enjoys serving at her church home, Harris Creek. Landry hopes to end up at a vibrant, fast-paced corporate PR or marketing agency somewhere in Texas upon graduation.

Kerry “KJ” Burkley is a 2020 Fentress Scholarship recipient. He is a senior. Burkley is active in Baylor’s School of Journalism. He currently presides as Vice President of the National Association of Black Journalists, Baylor Chapter. He is a staff writer for The Roundup Yearbook, guest writer for Focus Magazine and is a Baylor Journalism ambassador. Outside of school, Burkley is part of the musician staff at Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church of Waco. Burkley’s curiosity for researching and understanding how people perceive businesses, companies and products through advertising and brand perception is what influenced him to receive an education in advertising. He plans to pursue a Master of Arts in Public Relations from Baylor.

Drake Toll is a 2020 recipient of the Headliners Foundation of Texas Sam Wood Scholarship. Toll was Baylor University’s Sophomore Class President and the LTVN managing editor. He is a Journalism, Public Relations major and a Leadership minor.

“I’m unbelievably grateful to represent Baylor University and our amazing Department of Journalism in receiving this honor,” he said. “This was possible only through fervent prayer and the extraordinary effort the faculty and staff of the Department of Journalism extended during my first year at Baylor.”

Note: While the Sam Wood scholarship is not awarded by our department, we are extremely proud of Toll.

Click this link to find out more about the types of scholarships awarded by Baylor University.




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