SJMC Monday Memo

“Grace bats last.”
— Author Anne Lamott

Meredith Corp. scholarships available for magazine majors

A variety of awards are available to Drake students seeking magazine media degrees. Included is the prestigious $5,000 Karyl Van scholarship, which entails five hours per week of work in the E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Studies. The Karyl Van scholarship is awarded to the top applicant among magazine majors. In addition to the information required for all scholarships (see below), you must indicate whether you can commit to the stipulations of the Karyl Van scholarship. If not, you will still be considered for the other scholarships with your application. 

Apply for SJMC scholarships for 2021-22

Applications are open for the following scholarships for current SJMC students. The application deadline is Feb. 14.

Cyril and Lucille Clifton Scholarship: Named for Cy Clifton, political reporter for The Des Moines Register. Recognizes financial need and academic achievement by an SJMC student.

Erik Isgrig Advertising Scholarship: Honors an advertising faculty member from the 1960s.  Must be an advertising major and a full-time senior the year of the award.

Frank Miller Scholarship: Established to honor longtime Des Moines Register editorial cartoonist Frank Miller. Preference will be given to students who have exhibited achievement in web-based graphic design

Ted Sell Memorial Award: Named after an alum who was a longtime Los Angeles Times journalist. Awarded to a junior or senior interested in a career in multimedia or broadcast news.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please send an email to SJMC administrative assistant Denise Ganpat ( In the body of the email, provide the information below. Attach your resume and a one-page letter addressed to the SJMC Scholarship Committee. In the letter, make your case for why you need and/or deserve the scholarship/s you are seeking.

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Scholarships you are applying for (you can apply for more than one)
Local Address
Permanent Address
Email address
Expected graduation semester
Hours completed toward graduation
Overall GPA
Other Drake scholarships currently received

External scholarships

White Glove Moving and Storage Scholarship: White Glove is proud to offer an annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to any financially deserving student going into either freshman or sophomore year. All applications are accepted. White Glove is looking for any student who has a story to tell and has shown an ability to overcome obstacles in his/her life. Everyone has the ability to change the world. Explain how you will and how White Glove’s funds will help you achieve your goal. The deadline is July 15, 2021 . To apply, visit

The LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship: The foundation will award $150,000 in scholarships to 50 ethnic minority students majoring in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations:

  • 30 undergraduate students will receive scholarships of $2,500 each
  • 20 graduate students will receive scholarships of $3,750 each

Students can access more information regarding the scholarship program at  The application deadline is Feb. 26.

Send thoughts to Professor Cardwell’s family

Much-loved and admired Drake history professor Curt Cardwell, a frequent and friendly presence in Meredith Hall, passed away unexpectedly earlier this month. Students can share their sympathies and memories with Professor Cardwell’s family by sending them to Arts and Sciences administrative assistant Karen MacKinnon at

And finally . . .

If you haven’t listened to National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s amazing and inspirational recitation at last week’s presidential inauguration, you really should. Gorman later discussed “the power of words” in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

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