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Dr. Kenneth E. and Ilamae R. Knapp Endowed Scholarship Recognizes Academic Excellence and Student Leadership

Dr. Kenneth Knapp—founding faculty member and former Chair of the Communication Department—established the Kenneth E. and Ilamae R. Knapp Endowed Scholarship to recognize annually outstanding students in the communication department who demonstrated excellence in oral performance, leadership in and beyond the classroom, and significant academic achievement. Since its inception in 2001, more than 50 scholarships have been awarded.

Merit awards (up to $3,000) are awarded to encourage promising Communication students to continue pursuing academic excellence and to expand their student leadership and extracurricular participation beyond the classroom. Scholarships (above $3,000) are awarded to recognize sustained excellence in performance, academic achievement, and student leadership in and beyond the classroom. Awards are announced and gifted at the annual Communication Department awards banquet, held at the end of each spring semester.

For consideration, a student must be a full-time student at Monmouth University, as well as a Communication major. The student must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and be classified as a sophomore, junior, or senior for the scholarship year of funding. Most importantly, the student must demonstrate excellence in oral performance, either onstage, at the podium, on the air, or on camera. The award is applied evenly to the fall and spring semester bills. Outstanding students may be awarded multiple years.

** Active participation in communication-based student groups such as “CommWorks: Students Committed to Performance,” WMCX (MU’s student-run radio station), Hawk TV (MU’s student-run TV station), PRSSA (Public Relations Society of America), The Outlook (MU’s student-run newspaper), The Verge, and/or MOCC (Monmouth Oral Communication Center) is encouraged.

Previous Knapp Scholarship Award Recipients:


John Blair

Megan Pereira

Yvette Halawani

Anna Chamberlain

Nick Sommons

Caroline Anzarouth


Katelyn Nawoyski

Jonathan Warhol

Veronica Yurowski

Anna Chamberlain

Joe Beselinoff

Yvette Halawani

Danielle Branco


Chris Spirito

Nicole Vitale

Kevin Martin

Britney Dupuis

Cara Viscardo

Katelyn Nawoyski


Allison Macanga

Britney Dupuis

Katelyn Nawoyski

Nicolas Basile

Samantha Lillis

Tara Mangold

Michael Brown


Kristina Hoover

Julianna Chiappetta

Alyssa Nieder

Irene Serrano

Stephanie Ramos

Alyssa Hayek


Morris Beyda

Lauren Costello

Roseann DiMarco

Jenine Clancy


Steven Paravati

Stephanie Petrak

Andrew Giaccone


Cara Williamson

Ashleigh Johnson

Alexandria Kostiuk

Joseph Keating

Daniel Liptak

Jason Allentoff


Jacki Murray

Theresa Soto

Joanne Licitra

Ed Occhipinti

Stefanie Lauff


Beverly Nevalga

Jessica Pierro

Dana Angelo

Jacki Murray

Ed Occhipinti

Patrick Perrotto

Theresa Soto

Joanne Licitra


Katie Horner


Esprit Smith