The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the Professor John R. Talevich Memorial Scholarship for students in the Communication Department. The scholarship honors the legacy of Professor Talevich and his importance to the development of the Communication Department. The scholarship provides funding for a student to pursue an internship related to communication studies, journalism, or strategic communications.
“Professor Talevich was ahead of his time in recognizing the value of internships as an integral part of communication education,” said Communication Department Chair Chris Paul. “This scholarship is funded by supporters of the Communication Department who want to carry on Professor Talevich’s desire to provide a well-rounded, practical education in communication for Seattle University students.”
The Talevich scholarship will be given based on a student’s academic qualifications and a written essay on a relevant topic. The first award will be made for the 2016-17 academic year and is the first scholarship dedicated to students in the department. The Communication Department is one of the biggest majors at Seattle University with well over 200 students.
Professor John R. Talevich was a Seattle University graduate. After receiving his Master’s in Journalism from Marquette University, he returned to Seattle University as Director of Public Relations, responsible for the university’s media relations, publications, and public relations, as well as teaching journalism classes and chairing the Journalism Department. Talevich was well-known for his dedication to students and journalism education that laid the groundwork for today’s highly successful Department of Communication.