Awards & Scholarships
Upper class JM&C majors can apply for financial aid through the department’s generous scholarship program by filling out a simple application for all available scholarships early second semester. Second semester freshmen who plan to declare the JM&C major at the end of the year may apply. Except for the Mildred Brown Scholarship for Omaha area minority students, JM&C does not award scholarships to incoming freshmen.
Typically the department awards scholarships to at least 15 upperclass majors a year. Some are unrestricted but others have specialized requirements specified by their donors. For example:
- Omaha Press Club scholarships are restricted to juniors.
- Omaha Federation of Advertising scholarships are restricted to juniors majoring in advertising (or completing advertising track in addition to another track such as PR, Graphic Design and Media) who have attended OFA’s annual Meet the Pros program.
- Mildred Brown Scholarships must be awarded to minority students from the Omaha Metropolitan Area. If you are an incoming minority freshman from the Omaha area, email Dr. Eileen Wirth, Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
- The Public Relations Society of America scholarship must be awarded to a Junior who is active in PRSA’s Student Society.
JM&C faculty members evaluate all applicants on a combination of academic excellence, financial need, contributions to student media and professional organizations.
Scholarships are presented at the department’s annual Awards Night at the end of second semester when JM&C also presents “Outstanding Senior Awards” top seniors and honors members of the Creightonian staff.
The Department of Journalism, Media & Computing also presents awards annually to honor outstanding students.
- The David Haberman Award was established by Omaha attorney Richard Jeffries, an alumnus, in honor of Dr. David Haberman, professor emeritus and longtime chair. It goes to the senior whom the faculty feels best exemplifies Dr. Haberman’s qualities of unselfish service and ethics.
- The John N. Mordeson Award is named in honor of Dr. John Mordeson, who founded the computer science program in 1982. It goes to the computer science senior who best exemplifies academic excellence and community service.
- The Outstanding Graduate award. This award goes to a senior who excels in all areas of the program in Journalism, Graphic Design, and Computer Science.