Mass Communication Scholarships and Awards

To see brief description of each scholarship, please visit the College of Liberal Arts’ scholarship page.


2015-2016 Scholarship and Award Winners

  • Mass Communication Scholarships
    • The Finney Scholars Scholarship– Lauren Capraro
    • Jack Deskin Professional Media Scholarship – T.J. Eckert
    • Wendell & Pauline Simmons Scholarship – Micah Ripley
    • The Joe Hight Award – Queila Omena
    • Dr. Stan Hoig Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Mass Communication – Megan Prather
    • Stanley W. Case Endowed Scholarship in Mass Communication – Queila Omena
    • Woody Gaddis Photography Scholarship - Corey Thompson
    • Daniel Smith Scholarship - Jun Hyeok Shin
    • Barbara Norman Scholarship - Madison Black
    • Price Lang Scholarship for Communications Excellence - Alexandra Brown
    • The Ray Tassin Endowed Scholarship in Mass Communications - Macy Garcia
    • Gean B. Atkinson Scholarship in Advertising Excellence - Taylor Bollinger
    • Reba Collins Scholarship - Jessica Phillips
    • Al McLaughlin Scholarship in Mass Communication - Christina Burke/T.J. Eckert
    • The Brian J. Walke Scholarship in Journalism Ethics - Caitlin Ford
  • Academic Award Winners
    • Outstanding Interpersonal Communication Student Award - Lauren Tubbs
    • Mass Communication Top Research Paper for LA Symposium - Madison Black
    • Outstanding Organizational Communication Student Award - Talitha Kathol-Falconer
    • Outstanding Photography Student Award - Christina Burke
    • Outstanding Documentary Student Award - Jeremy Davis
    • Outstanding Broadcast News Award - Alex Fisher
    • Outstanding Broadcast Production Award - Derrick Miracle
    • Outstanding News Editorial Student Award - Queila Omena
    • Outstanding Service to The Vista Award - Alex Brown
    • Jill Kelsey Outstanding Public Relations Award - Cady Parker
    • Robert J. Illidge Outstanding Advertising Student Award - T.J. Eckert
    • Outstanding AAF Student Award - Meredith Stromski
    • Milton R. Reynolds Most Professional Advanced Student Award - Abdullah Bashiti
    • The Oklahoma Press Association Award for Outstanding Promise in Journalism - Eriech Tapia
  • Professional Media Awards
    • Non News Creative Audio - Kayla Nichols
    • Non News Radio Personality - Gavin Bozarth
    • Non News Creative Video - Brittany Robinson
    • New Media Local News - Lauren Capraro
    • New Media Netcast - Casey McElroy
    • Print News - News Writing - Jessica Phillips
    • Print News - Feature Writing - Alexandra Brown
    • Print News - Editorial/Opinion - Erick Perry
    • TV News Hard News Reporting - Alexandria Fisher
    • TV News Feature Reporting - Jade Braun
    • Overall Sports Feature - Kateleigh Mills
  • Photographic Arts Awards
    • Most Dedicated Photography Student - Meagan Rucker
    • Portraiture - Jessica Almack
    • Outstanding Use of Black and White - Kelsey Smith
    • Film Photography - Alex Fox
    • Photojournalism - Jamie Kettner
    • Editorial Fashion Photography - Zachary Hunter
    • Outstanding Use of Lighting - Emmy Verdin-Crowe
    • Landscape/Architecture - Christina Burke
    • Outstanding Editing - Corey Smith
    • Creative Photography - Makayla Green

2014-2015 Scholarship and Award Winners

  • Mass Communication Scholarships
    • The Finney Scholars Scholarship– Rebekah Murphy
    • Barbara Norman Scholarship – Alyson Acklin
    • Jack Deskin Professional Media Scholarship – Allie Canoy
    • Wendell & Pauline Simmons Scholarship – Jackie Hines
    • The Joe Hight Award – Chelsi Dennis 
    • Dr. Stan Hoig Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Mass Communication – Chelsi Dennis
    • Stanley W. Case Endowed Scholarship in Mass Communication – Queila Omena
  • Academic Award Winners
    • Outstanding Interpersonal Communication Student Award - Kasi Bowker
    • Mass Communication Top Research Paper for LA Symposium - Kasi Bowker
    • Outstanding Organizational Communication Student Award - Jennifer Hasel
    • Outstanding Photography Student Award - Katerina Vasquez
    • Outstanding Documentary Student Award - Youngsun Yun
    • Outstanding Broadcast News Award - Scott Martin
    • Outstanding News Editorial Student Award - Josh Wallace
    • Outstanding Service to The Vista Award - Rick Lemon
    • Jill Kelsey Outstanding Public Relations Award - Helen Danielle Palmer
    • Robert J. Illidge Outstanding Advertising Student Award - Aaron Miller
    • Outstanding AAF Student Award - Aaron Miller
    • Milton R. Reynolds Most Professional Advanced Student Award - Scott Martin
  • Professional Media Awards
    • Non News Creative Audio - Gavin Bozarth
    • Non News Radio Personality - Mike Ipong
    • Non News Video Documentary - Youngsun Yun
    • Non News Creative Video - Adam Ropp
    • New Media Local News - Scott Martin
    • New Media Netcast - Mike Ipong
    • Print News - News Writing - Josh Wallace
    • Print News - Feature Writing - Queila Omena
    • Print News - Editorial/Opinion - Queila Omena
    • TV News Hard News Reporting - Scott Martin
    • TV News Feature Reporting - Aryn Robinson
    • TV News Best Newscast - Jasmyn Abdul-Raheem
    • Overall Investigative Reporting - Josh Wallace
  • Photographic Arts Awards
    • Most Dedicated Photography Student - Mackenzie Coplin
    • Portraiture - Alyssa Ramsey
    • Outstanding Use of Black and White - Brittany Davis
    • Film Photography - Lauren Ellis
    • Photojournalism - Rosa Chan
    • Editorial Fashion Photography - Keli Hoffman
    • Outstanding Use of Lighting - Shea Hussey
    • Landscape/Architecture - Michael "Cooper" Billington
    • Outstanding Editing - Keshia Kastl
    • Creative Photography - Rachel Tessier

2013-2014 Scholarship and Award Winners

  • Mass Communication Scholarships
    • The Finney Scholars Scholarship– Jerrah Conley
    • Barbara Norman Scholarship – Kimberly Wheeler
    • Jack Deskin Professional Media Scholarship – Melissa Neel
    • Wendell & Pauline Simmons Scholarship – Alyson Acklin
    • Dr. Woody Gaddis Photography Scholarship – Katerina Vasquez
    • Reba Collins Endowed Scholarship – Queila Omena
    • Daniel Smith Photography Scholarship – Alyssa Ramsey & Kelsey Maddoux
    • The Joe Hight Award – Shaun Hail 
    • Dr. Stan Hoig Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Mass Communication – Stephen Smith
    • Stanley W. Case Endowed Scholarship in Mass Communication – Isaac Arredondo
  • Academic Award Winners
    • Outstanding News Editorial – Stevie Armstrong
    • Outstanding Broadcast Production – Greg Chedester
    • Outstanding Photography Student – Lacie Gassett
    • Outstanding Broadcast News Award – Tonico Figueroa
    • Outstanding Interpersonal Communication Student Award – Jerrah Conley
    • Top Research Paper for LA Symposium – Marcia Simpson
    • Jill Kelsey Outstanding PR Student – Zachary Roth
    • Milton R. Reynolds Most Professionally Advanced Student – Sarah Neese
    • Robert J. Illidge Outstanding Advertising Student – Tanner Yeomans
    • Outstanding Organizational Communication Student Award – Rachel Owens
    • Outstanding Service to the Vista Award – Sarah Neese
    • Outstanding Media Studies Student Award - Joshua Wallace
    • Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar Award - Kimberly Wheeler
  • Professional Media Awards
    • Video Documentary Award – Melissa Neel
    • Creative Audio Award – Greg Chedester
    • Radio Personality Award – Greg Chedester
    • Creative Video Award – Jeremy Davis
    • New Media Netcast Award – Mike Ipong and Aimee Reece
    • Print News Writing Award – Rachel Brocklehurst
    • Print News Feature Writing Award – Tyler Talley
    • Print News Editorial/Opinion Writing Award – Austin Litterell
    • TV Hard News Reporting Award – Meredith Marney
    • TV Feature Reporting Award – Lonneke Van Dam
    • Overall Sports Feature Award – Ryan Bullard
    • New Media Local News - Isaac Arredondo
    • Overall Investigative Reporting - Brooks Nickel
  • Photographic Arts Awards
    • Photo Essay Award – Amanda Baum
    • Portraiture Award – Taylor King
    • Editorial Fashion Photography Award – Lacie Gasset
    • Outstanding Use of Lighting Award – Kimberly Wheeler
    • Outstanding Use of Black and White Award – Austin Uron
    • Film Photography Award – Lacie Gasset
    • Photojournalism Award – Lauren Hamilton
    • Landscape/Architecture Award – Megan Frantz
    • Outstanding Editing Award – Aaron James Velasquez
    • Creative Photography Award – Taylor Whitehurst

2012-2013 Scholarship and Award Winners

  • Mass Communication Scholarships
    • The Finney Scholars Scholarship – Jerrah Conley
    • Barbara Norman Scholarship – Maryam Kari
    • Jack Deskin Broadcasting Scholarship – Veronique Parker
    • Wendell & Pauline Simmons Scholarship – Lacie Gassett
    • Dr. Woody Gaddis Photography Scholarship – Kimberly Wheeler
    • Gean B. Atkinson Scholarship – Caleb Everett
    • Reba Collins Endowed Scholarship – Sylvette Olmeda
    • Daniel Smith Photography Scholarship – Lacie Gassett and Ashley Riddle
    • The Joe Hight Scholarship – Monica Johnson 
    • Dr. Stan Hoig Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Mass Communication – Kimberly Wheeler
    • Stanley W. Case Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Mass Communication – Melissa Neel
  • Academic Award Winners
    • Outstanding News Editorial – Bryan Trude
    • Outstanding Broadcast Production – Zac Haigh
    • Outstanding Photography Student – Kenzie Heidelberg
    • Outstanding Broadcast News Award – Chloe Farmer
    • Outstanding Interpersonal Communication Student Award – Nicole Sutton
    • Top Research Paper for LA Symposium – Nicole Sutton
    • Jill Kelsey Outstanding PR Student – Maryam Kari
    • Milton R. Reynolds Most Professionally Advanced Student – Garett Fisbeck
    • Robert J. Illidge – Caleb Everett
    • Outstanding Organizational Communication Student Award – Danielle Hernandez
    • Outstanding Service to the Vista Award – Josh Hutton
  • Professional Media Awards
    • Short Narrative Award – Ken Pletz
    • Video Documentary Award – Bailey Woolum
    • Creative Audio Award – Greg Chedester
    • Radio Personality Award – Greg Chedester
    • Creative Video Award – Heather Dillingham
    • Netcast Award – Rebecca Parks
    • Sports Event Award – Chris Brannick
    • News Writing Award – Alexandra Cifuentes
    • Feature Writing Award – Adam Holt
    • Editorial/Opinion Writing Award – Adam Holt
    • Hard News Reporting Award – Patty Shaw
    • Feature Reporting Award – Rebecca Parks
    • Sports Reporting Award – Cole Poland
  • Photographic Arts Awards
    • Photo Essay Award – Kenzie Heidelberg
    • Portraiture Award – Howie Mapson
    • Editorial Fashion Photography Award – Elizabeth Torres
    • Outstanding Use of Lighting Award – Alyssa Humphreys
    • Outstanding Use of Black and White Award – Alexandra Dugan
    • Film Photography Award – Kurt Nagy
    • Photojournalism Award – Garett Fisbeck
    • Landscape/Architecture Award – Matthew Duea
    • Outstanding Editing Award – Valerie Sebestyen
    • Creative Photography Award – Alex Meek