Scholarship Application Form

The Kerry Garland and Orland Dodson Memorial Scholarships are available to Journalism, Public Relations, or Mass Communications Majors of College or University Junior or Senior Academic Standing who have a permanent address or attend school within a 100-mile radius of downtown Shreveport, LA.

The 2024 scholarship application period will run from 00:00:01 on September 1st, 2024, until midnight October 15th, 2024, Central Daylight Time.  Applications received before September 1st, 2024 or after October 15th, 2024 will not be considered.

For questions regarding this application process, please contact one of the following:

    For Which Scholarship are You Applying? (required)
    Note: Public Relations majors and Mass Communications majors wanting to pursue a career in Public Relations must select the Kerry Garland Memorial Scholarship. Journalism and Mass Communications majors may select either the Kerry Garland or the Orland Dodson Memorial Scholarships. You cannot apply for both.

    Student Information:

    Full Name (required)

    Phone (required)

    Email (required)

    Permanent Mailing Address (required)
    Note: Must live or attend school within a 100-mile radius of downtown Shreveport, LA.

    City (required)

    State (required)

    Postal Code (required)

    School Information:

    4-Year College/University Attending (required)

    School Mailing Address (not required if same as permanent mailing address above)
    Note: Must live or attend school within a 100-mile radius of downtown Shreveport, LA.

    School City (required)

    School State (required)

    School Postal Code (required)

    Receiving Degree in (Major) (required)
    Note: If your school DOES NOT OFFER a public relations or journalism major, a communications major will qualify.

    Academic Standing (required)
    Note: You must be a college junior or senior when scholarship is awarded.

    Estimated Date of Graduation (required)

    Cumulative Grade Point Average (required)
    Note: Cumulative GPA must be 2.5 or higher.

    Grade Point Average in Major (required)
    Note: Major GPA must be 3.0 or higher.

    Faculty Member Information:
    Note: Please make sure that you obtain your Faculty Advisor or Primary Instructor's permission before entering the following information, in case we should need to get in touch with that person to verify any portion of your application.

    Title (required)

    Full Name (required)

    Phone (required)

    Email (required)

    Essay and Photo Requirement
    Essay - A 250-word essay must accompany your application.
    Topic - "Why I want to pursue a career in 'field of study'."
    Photo - A high-resolution digital headshot image of you (.jpeg/.jpg if possible) must also be submitted with each application.

    (Note: Accepts Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, or JPEG/JPG image files)

    Essay File

    Personal Image File

    Applicant Certification (required)
    With my signature below (Please type your full name.), I certify the information given is true and accurate, I willingly disclose my private academic information and I give the faculty member named above authorization to verify my private academic information.