Hearst Foundations award $500,000 grant to create scholarships for underrepresented communications students

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he Hearst Foundations have awarded a $500,000 grant to Quinnipiac to establish scholarships for underrepresented students enrolled in the School of Communications.

Each year, two undergraduate students will be selected to receive scholarships from the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund at Quinnipiac. To be eligible, students must be in the top 20 percent of their high school class and score at least 1,200 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT.

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“We are delighted with the significant gift from the Hearst Foundations to attract and retain high-performing, underrepresented students at the School of Communications at Quinnipiac,” said Mark Contreras, dean of the School of Communications. “This Hearst grant will create a more representative and diverse student body at the school moving forward.”

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The first two Hearst scholars will be selected for the Fall of 2019 and two additional scholars will be chosen each of the next four years, resulting in eight Hearst scholars by the Fall of 2022.

“The Hearst Foundations are committed to supporting organizations that can make significant contributions to the communities they serve," George Irish, Eastern director of the Hearst Foundations, said.

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"We have been impressed with the programs, faculty and staff at the School of Communications and are excited to begin this partnership with Quinnipiac.”