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Andy and Maria Polansky Fellowship

The School of the Arts and Communication and the Departments of Communication Studies and Interactive Multimedia are pleased to announce the Andy and Maria Polansky Fellowship, an award recognizing TCNJ students who demonstrate exemplary leadership and a commitment to enriching the community by applying their talents and skills in communication, media and technology.

We are calling for student proposals that address a social and/or economic need and present possible solutions and strategies for addressing that need. Past winners have focused on matters of public health and well-being; however, students should feel free to expand the focus to issues of a broader spectrum.

The finalist will receive $5,000 to support her/his proposed work in the Spring 2017 term.

While the focus of the projects should be grounded in strategic research and communication, application and problem solving should be at the core of the proposal and preference will be given to students in Interactive Multimedia and Communication Studies. Partnership with a community organization is encouraged and funding may support shared costs for completion of the project. Students are encouraged to work in teams in developing proposals and membership may include students from multiple disciplines at TCNJ.

Applicants must be full-time students with at least 60 credits and a minimum GPA of 3.0. To be considered, please submit the following:

1. A completed application form

2. A two- to three-page proposal, describing your plans to engage the community through the application of knowledge and skills gained in your studies at TCNJ — public/mass communication; radio/TV/ film; interpersonal/organizational communication; and/or interactive multimedia. Some examples of target communities include civic organizations and cities/towns/neighborhoods near the College, specific groups at the College, or the student community at large. The narrative should explain the inspiration for your work, detail your strategy and intended outcomes, and offer evidence that your proposed efforts will positively impact the community, grounded in research into similar efforts and communities. Discuss what you hope to learn about communication, media or technology, about the community, and about yourself and consider the potential impact of this effort on your future goals and plans. Additionally, proposals should show a commitment to building socially and economically vibrant programs that help build the capacity for community enrichment.

3.  If your proposal is accepted for further review, you will be asked to supply a list of three references whom the committee may contact.

All documents must be e-mailed as a PDF to Kathleen Richardson, Administrative Assistant to Dean of the School of the Arts and Communication at richardk@tcnj.edu by no later than December 1, 2016. Please indicate The Polansky Award in the subject of the email.

Awarding of the grant will be based upon appropriate financial need data and/or certification provided by the office of Student Financial Assistance, in order to ensure that the recipient’s overall financial package is not adversely affected.

Andy and Maria Polansky Fellowship Application Form

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