2017 NCA Legacy Scholarship Call for Nominations

October 01, 2017

The National Communication Association invites students to apply and compete for the NCA Legacy Scholarship award. 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 will be competitively given to a student based on both an essay related to communication and civic responsibility, and a convention theme-related speech presented during the NCA Annual Convention. The 2017 Annual Convention will be held November 16 – 19, 2017, in Dallas, Texas. For more information on the Annual Convention, please visit www.natcom.org/convention

There are several criteria for award eligibility:

  1. 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.
  2. Applicant must be attending a college or university within the city/region where the NCA Annual Convention is being held.
  3. Applicant must be pursuing a degree in Communication, Journalism, or related program.
  4. Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  5. Applicant must not have received this award previously.

Five semi-finalists will be selected based on the quality of their written essays. The semi-finalists will then compete in a speech contest to be held during the Annual Convention. Submission of the nomination material indicates the willingness of the applicant to attend and participate in the Legacy Scholarship speech competition, where the applicant will deliver a 5-7 minute informative or persuasive speech related to the convention theme during the annual convention. 

The first-place winner of the speech competition will receive an engraved plaque presented at the Awards Ceremony during the Annual Convention supported by NCA until 2026 and then the NCA Legacy Scholarship Fund starting in 2027. The plaque will be personalized and sent to the winner following the convention. The first-place winner will also receive a $1,000 monetary scholarship award supported by NCA until 2026 and then the NCA Legacy Scholarship Fund starting in 2027.

Each semi-finalist will receive a free convention registration.

Submission Information

Nominations must be sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nomination letters should indicate the nominee's qualifications, interest in civic responsibility, and readiness for a career in communication.

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.

Selection Committee

  • Nina-Jo Moore, Chair,  moorenj@appstate.edu
  • Brian Grewe, Selection Committee member and member of the Affirmative Action and Intercaucus Committee
  • Kent Ono, Selection Committee member and NCA Second Vice President-Elect