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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 annually recognize outstanding students in the communication department who demonstrate 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 (greater than $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 our annual department awards banquet.

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, Hawk TV, PRSSA, The Outlook, and/or MOCC  is encouraged.

Previous Knapp Scholarship Award Recipients:


Abigail Brooks

Arianna Perri

Charlie Krause

David Wilderotter

Jenna Piccotti

Jeremy Lenart

Jessica Martin

Lauren Wollman


Jessica E. Ciarczynski

Jacqueline M. Flanders

Sean L. Gerhard

Matthew Cutillo

Jared C. Garcia

Scott D. Hvozdovic

Joshua M. Miller

Jenna T. Piccotti

Megan S. Ruggles

Karlee M. Sell

Alexis N. Vigliarolo


Karalyn Hoover

Samantha Losurdo

Samantha Casano

Elizabeth Wasserman

Kelly Anderson

Joshua Miller

Jacqueline Flanders

Jessica Ciarczynski

Jared Garcia


Kelly Anderson

Emily Blaser

Matthew DeLuca

Najah Pryor

Ryan Waldis


Alexa Antonelli

Emily Blaser

Haley Gasparine

Bryce Rose Petraccoro

David Robson

Najah Pryor

Glen DeNigris

Sophia Parola


Nicholas Carlascio

Robert Davies

Julian Garcia

Courtney Moore

Michael Trapasso

Jillian Young



Fabiana Buontempo

Marissa Cornford

Alexa De Rosa

Katelyn Milazzo

Alexis Morrison

Rachel Gramuglia

Amy Maginnis

Brianna Merriman

Adam Young


Fabiana Buontempo

Courtney Carr

Brianna Merriman

Joseph DeAngelis

Jacqueline DiPasquale



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