An Evening of Promise
The Kent State School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) hosted the annual Promising Scholar dinner, “An Evening of Promise,” to connect student scholarship recipients with their benefactors, on Sept. 29, 2016, at Laziza Restaurant.
The Promising Scholars program, now in its third year, offers top JMC freshmen a four-year scholarship and mentorship. Individuals – many of them JMC alumni – fund the $1,000 to $3,000 scholarships and provide mentorship and advice to the student scholarship recipients.
JMC Director Thor Wasbotten began the dinner by expressing the uniqueness of the program and appreciation to each of the donors. The event was then centered around conversations between benefactors and students. Benefactor John Monter, who funds the Ralph C. Darrow Promising Scholar Award, met many of his recipients for the first time.
“His (Monter’s) positivity and interest towards all of his recipients was really inspiring, giving me that urge to keep putting up quality work and persevering,” said journalism major Evan Harms, ’20, one of six Ralph C. Darrow Promising Scholars.
Promising Scholar benefactors do not just provide financial assistance; they are expected to serve as mentors to their students. While some work in the communication field, others chose a different path.
Alumnus and benefactor Brian Hogan spoke about using his JMC education as a stepping stone in his career as a pilot. Shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, many airlines decided to review safety equipment and regulations. Hogan was able to make valuable contributions because of his advertising degree.
Public relations major Arkayla Tenney-Howard, ’19, spoke about the importance of the program from a student perspective.
“Nothing is better than knowing that these people are willing to invest in me, so I can invest in the world,” said Tenney-Howard.
High school seniors can apply now for entry into the 2017-2018 Promising Scholar Program.