WRTC is honored to call for submissions for the
JB Hancock Scholarship for Writing and New Media

JB Hancock
The JB Hancock Scholarship for Writing and New Media Communication was established in the summer of 2017 by a singularly remarkable woman who wished to create a scholarship to "encourage writing."

Ms. Hancock, a distinguished alumna of James Madison University, began her career in education and later established her own production company, JBH Productions, a mulitifaceted and multimodal start up: offering services in marketing, media and public relations, as well as professional and public affairs. Ms. Hancock continued her career in media as broadcast director for a large national non-profit association followed by a stint as communications director for a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. During this time she was instrumental in establishing the National Association of Women Business Owners. Ms. Hancock was a lifelong learner, communicator and advocate. The JB Hancock Scholarship reflects and recognizes this spirit in the work of those students who receive this award. 

The JB Hancock Scholarship will award at least $1,000 annually to one or more WRTC majors who have created a compelling piece of writing or new media communication that demonstrates both the importance of and excellence in connecting with audiences and communicating clearly and responsibly in a manner that is factual and persuasive. 

The scholarship committee invites submissions in a variety of modes (print, digital, multimodal, video) that align with the spirit of this award. Submissions do not have to have been produced as part of an academic course. Collaborative submissions are also welcomed. 

The scholarship is open to all returning full- or part time WRTC majors who will remain enrolled as JMU undergraduate students in the following fall semester. This scholarship is not renewable and once a student has been awarded this scholarship, they are not eligible to receive it again. The Scholarship Selection Committee can consider only one piece from any student in any academic year. The scholarship is applied to tuition.

To apply, please send your submission (as a .doc or .pdf file, a link to online material, or via other accessible formats) along with the scholarship application to Dr. Traci Zimmerman (zimmerta@jmu.edu) by Friday, February 2, 2018

Please be sure to send the scholarship application as a separate .doc or .pdf file. If you are submitting a collaborative submission, each collaborator should fill out a separate application.

Link to download APPLICATION JB Hancock Scholarship for Writing and New Media

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