College can be expensive
College is an investment in your future. But let's face it. It can be an expensive one, too.
The Communication Department offers three scholarships to sophomore, junior and senior students who qualify for these awards. In addition, many of our COM students apply for and win scholarship funding from the Philly Ad Club, the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, and other communication-related outside funders.
The Jerry Zurek Communicator for the Common Good Scholarship
This endowed scholarship honors the life and legacy of Cabrini Professor Jerry Zurek, Ph.D., who taught English, journalism and other forms of communication at the university for 50 years, beginning in 1971.
The fund was established by Cabrini alumni, colleagues and other supporters as a tribute to Dr. Zurek's impact on students, the field of communication, and the practice of the Common Good.
This scholarship is awarded annually to student majors in the Communication Department who are in good academic standing, demonstrate financial need, and meet any or all of the following standards and practices:
Is focused on using his/her voice to facilitate active and engaged citizenship in service of the Common Good.
Works in service of social justice, human rights and dignity for all through their communication practice.
Demonstrates a desire to examine oppressive systems, understand their root causes, challenge institutional and personal indifference, and facilitate the construction of more just and equitable solutions through their communication practice.
The AL DÍA Foundation Scholarship Fund
This scholarship has been established through the philanthropy and vision of Hernán and Elizabeth Guaracao. Mr. Guaracao is the founder, publisher and CEO of AL DÍA, a multilingual and multicultural media organization reporting on the contributions of Americans of Latino descent.
The AL DÍA Scholars fund is designed to empower LatinX voices in the media and launch students' successful careers in journalism, new media and media business management. The AL DÍA Foundation not only funds this scholarship, but will also offer students practical training opportunities such as internships, apprenticeships and fellowships to bolster their careers in the media.
This scholarship is awarded annually to a rising senior, preferably of LatinX descent or of another underrepresented community, who is performing well academically and majoring in Communication or Digital Communication and Social Media.
The Hamilton Family Charitable Trust Scholarship
In 2020, the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust awarded $100,000 in grant money to be distributed as scholarship funds starting in 2021 to students majoring in Communication or Digital Communication and Social Media. This award will enable students in the Communication Department to prepare for the careers that are in high demand today.
Students seeking to become a Hamilton Scholar must have at least a sophomore standing with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and demonstrate financial need.
The Hamilton Family Charitable Trust has a long history of philanthropic giving in the Philadelphia region and generously funded the renovation of our Communication Wing in Founder's Hall in 2000.