Funds That Support Communication

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Above: Dr. Elizabeth Ribarsky, Communication professor, studies dating and sexual communication.

Make a Difference for Communication Students

Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for communication students. You can use the Donate button to give online. Thank you!

Communication Department Fund

This fund provides money for special opportunities or extraordinary needs.

  • Faculty and students can travel to a conference to present their research.
  • Faculty can take part in a special opportunity to update their skills. Professors need to be aware of the latest developments in their field, so that they can pass this knowledge on to their students.
  • The department can purchase special equipment, test materials, resources, or training modules to help our students attain success and achieve their goals.

These activities and others like them enrich our students immeasurably, enhancing the education they receive at UIS—but we could not do any of them without the discretionary money given to this fund.

Communication Collaborative Conference Fund

This fund assists graduate students with paying for registration or travel expenses to attend conferences in the field of communication.

Communication Video Computer Graphics Fund

This fund provides support for video computer graphics, an important new direction in communication.

Scholarship Funds

James Andrews Scholarship Fund

The James Andrews Memorial Scholarship is funded annually by his daughter, Sally James McKenzie. James Andrews taught at Springfield High School, retired, and then resumed worked as a substitute teacher. In his substituting, he found that students who were not in the highest English classes were not exposed to the arts. Mr. Andrews was hired to teach Faulkner, Hemmingway, and Shakespeare. He often told his students, “Art and humor make life bearable.” This scholarship is intended to help the average, blue-collar worker taking a class in the arts – whether as part of major or for personal fulfillment.

Dara Drew Memorial Scholarship Fund

Dara Drew was employed at Saga Communications (Capital Radio Group). This scholarship was established as a memorial after her passing in November 2016. It will be awarded to a student at UIS in Communication or Marketing.

Alfred E. and Mildred I. Roese Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Alfred E. and Mildred I. Roese Memorial Scholarship was established by Deborah Roese, a 2002 UIS Special Merit Master’s Thesis winner, in memory of her parents. Applicants for the scholarship should be female graduate students in Communications or English, with a minimum GPA of 3.75 and course enrollment of at least four hours.


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