Stay tuned for announcements for the 2015 James R. McCormick Memorial Scholarship program. Submissions dates will be published the summer of 2015.
Since 1983, JSPRAA has held the James R. McCormick Memorial Scholarship Award program to recognize the outstanding achievements of communication students and to provide them with financial assistance.
Jim McCormick was an active JSPRAA member who was killed in a car accident in September of 1983. At the time of his death, Jim served the residents of the Monmouth County area as the director of Public Information and Tourism. He had also worked as a reporter for both the Register in Shrewsbury and the Asbury Park Press in Neptune. In his honor, JSPRAA awards several scholarships annually. To date, over $110,000 has been awarded to Monmouth and Ocean County students.
Scholarship Application Qualification and Rules
To qualify for the scholarship, candidates must be:
- Pursuing a degree or certified course of study in an accredited junior/community college, college, university or professional trade school.
- Pursuing communications, public relations, journalism or advertising as a major course of study. Applications from candidates pursuing major studies in other fields, but whose main interest is in the communications profession, will also be considered.
- Candidates must be entering the second of a two-year course of study, or the second through fourth year of a four-year course of study. Graduate students are not eligible.
- Any candidate who has received JSPRAA scholarship aid for the second year of study in a two-year program will not be eligible for further aid unless the candidate matriculates in a four-year program.
- Candidates must be residents of Monmouth or Ocean County. The location of their school is immaterial.
To apply for the scholarship, candidates must be nominated by an instructor in public relations, journalism, advertising, radio and/or television broadcasting, or an active, dues-paying member of JSPRAA.
All scholarship packets must include:
- A scholarship application
- A letter from the nominator certifying the applicant’s qualifications and professional career goals
- A letter from the applicant stating his/her career goals and what receiving a JSPRAA scholarship will do to assist in achieving these goals
- A current resume
- A transcript of grades from the applicant’s present educational institution. An unofficial copy is acceptable.
Applicants should mail scholarship packets to:
P.O. Box 8515
Red Bank, N.J. 07701
For more information or to request a scholarship application, contact Greg Weber, JSPRAA 2014 Scholarship Committee Chair 732-842-1616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.