NCA Legacy Scholarship
The NCA Legacy Scholarship seeks to broaden the Communication discipline’s relevance to various publics by providing a $1,000 scholarship to a local college student pursuing a degree in Communication, Journalism, or related program within the host city/region where the NCA Annual Convention is being held. The scholarship award is competitively given to a student based on both an essay related to communication and civic responsibility, and a speech connected to the convention theme. This year’s Annual Convention, “Our Legacy, Our Relevance,” will be held November 16-19 in Dallas, Texas.
There are several criteria for award eligibility:
Applicant must be an undergraduate college student, (preference given to self-identified first-generation college students), with at least one year of postsecondary education remaining at an accredited college or university.
Applicant must be attending a college or university within the city/region where the NCA Annual Convention is being held.
Applicant must be pursuing a degree in Communication, Journalism, or related program.
Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Applicant must not have received this award previously.
The nomination materials are due by October 1 and must include the following:
1. A letter of application
2. A letter of recommendation
3. A short essay (500 words) related to communication and civic responsibility on the following:
In an era commonly being referred to as “the post-truth era,” what role should we as students of Communication, as well as experts in Communication, play in defending the truth? Should people see it as their civic duty to defend “the truth?” How would we define “truth?” And how would we defend it? If we should not defend “one truth,” what should our response be when we encounter “alternative facts” or “fake news?”
4. A resume or CV indicating any work, community service, and extracurricular leadership experiences.
Submission of the nomination material indicates the willingness for the applicant to attend and participate in the Legacy Scholarship speech competition to deliver a 5-7 minute informative or persuasive speech.
The five 2017 semi-finalists will be invited to speak on the following:
Communication is important in all societies, but one way of understanding its importance is by thinking about how useful it was in the past. Present a speech about an historical event or incident when communication made all of the difference. Then, based on that example, discuss why communication is still relevant today.