CLASS - COM - Patricia A. Kurtz Memorial Scholarship

Patricia A. Kurtz was an assistant professor in the Communication Department at Cal Poly Pomona from 1984 until her death in 1991. She received her Master’s degree in Communication from Cal State Fullerton and was in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Professor Kurtz was actively involved with students, serving as advisor to Opus magazine and co-chairing Com Day. While she was advisor to Opus, the magazine won 10 of the 12 annual awards for journalism excellence given by the California Intercollegiate Press Association (CIPA). Opus was also named the best College/University magazine in 1989 by CIPA. Professor Kurtz was involved with the writing and publishing of community newspapers and was assistant editor of a monthly trade publication. It is in her memory that her family and friends have established this scholarship award. Students active in student clubs and organizations on campus are particularly encouraged to apply.

There will be two recipients; each recipient will be awarded $500.

This is a one-time award; previous recipients are not eligible.


  • Must have declared Communication major and be currently enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona
  • Must be Junior level or higher during upcoming academic year (only open to undergraduate students)
  • Must have Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must upload a current resume
  • Complete supplemental requirement

Selection Process: Awards each year are based on the student’s general application and supplemental responses. The Scholarship Committee of the Department of Communication will decide the recipients. Note – finalists may be interviewed by the Communication Department’s Student Scholarships Committee.

To begin the application process, please complete your general application first, then proceed to search this scholarship in the Opportunities>>Ours Tab and click on APPLY.

2024-2025, CLASS - Communication
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload a current resume.
  2. Please upload a statement of no more than 300 words noting: 1) your views about the importance of journalism, magazines, and feature writing, 2) your career and educational goals, including your interest in journalism, magazines, and feature writing, 3) your involvement in student, professional, and/or community activities, and 4) your reasons for applying for this scholarship and your need for financial assistance.