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Every day, students at the University of Miami School of Communication are doing extraordinary things with the skills they’ve learned from our distinguished faculty. Few other schools can match the breadth of our curriculum—from cinema to advertising, interpersonal communication to broadcast journalism, and just about everything in between. From producing reports and videos about global poverty to creating powerful advertising for nonprofit organizations to raise awareness about charitable causes, our students are using communication to make the world and our communities better places.

Over the next decade, we will build upon our strong foundation to transform our school into the very best of its kind by breaking down walls and cross-training students to be proficient across a wide array of content. We will promote a truly global sensibility as we produce research and creative work that matters. We will carry out our mission while staying ahead of the technology curve, even as we continue to teach and practice the eternal lessons of good storytelling, relationship building, and ethical action.

By investing in vital resources though Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, you will invest in the future of our school, make a difference in the lives of students, and play an essential role in helping us realize our vision. We invite you to join us in this exciting effort.

At the University of Miami School of Communication, we are setting the pace in education in this enormously important and influential field. Our students are learning not only how to be great communicators, but how to use their skills and imaginations to make a positive difference in their communities and around the world.

Gregory J. Shepherd
Dean

Communication Funds

SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION FUND -- The School of Communication Fund supports the School's greatest needs. This fund supports initiatives including student scholarships and internship experiences, faculty research, technology purchases and more. Donors are able to have the broadest impact by giving to the SoC Fund.


SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND -- The School of Communication Scholarship Fund is a general scholarship fund to support SoC students.

CINEMA AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA -- The Cinema and Interactive Media Department offers an undergraduate major in motion pictures and graduate degrees in motion pictures and interactive media. Gifts to the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media support student scholarships and internship experiences, faculty research, technology purchases and more.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES -- The Department of Communication Studies includes a major in communication studies and courses in business communication, health communication, and interpersonal communication among others. Gifts to the Department of Communication Studies support student scholarships and internship experiences, faculty research, the Debate Team and more.

JOURNALISM & MEDIA MANAGEMENT –- This department includes majors in journalism, broadcast journalism, electronic media and media management. Gifts to the Department of Journalism and Media Management support student scholarships and internship experiences, faculty research, technology purchases, The Distraction, The Miami Hurricane, UMTV, WVUM and more.

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION FUND -- The Strategic Communication Department includes majors in advertising and public relations. Gifts to the Department of Strategic Communication support student scholarships and internship experiences, faculty research, technology purchases, PhilADthropy, the National Student Advertising Competition Team, PRSSA and more.

INTERNSHIP SCHOLARSHIP FUND -- University of Miami School of Communication students benefit from internship experiences, putting into practice the skills they've learned in the classroom. The School of Communication Internship Scholarship Fund enables donors to support these life-changing experiences by providing financial assistance for students to pay for internship credit, living expenses and other related costs associated with pursuing internships.

TECHNOLOGY FUND -- Technology is constantly changing, especially in the field of communication. The University of Miami School of Communication Technology Fund assists with procurement and maintenance of the latest equipment necessary for all of the fields in the School. Critical support for the Technology Fund ensures that students are proficient with state-of-the-art equipment that they will use in the workplace when they graduate.

FIRST FEATURE FILM FUND -- The University of Miami School of Communication First Feature Film Fund supports students creating their first theatrical feature film. Grants from the fund help offset costs in filming on location, editing and distribution for students.

UMTV -- Is the University of Miami's Emmy Award-winning, student-run cable TV station. Guided by SoC faculty, UMTV produces weekly newscasts and a variety of programming, including a live newscast, a weekly sports show, a late night comedy show, and a Spanish-language news program. In addition to airing in the Coral Gables area, shows are also streamed live and archived online at umtv.miami.edu. Gifts to the UMTV Fund support general operating expenses of UMTV.

COSFORD CINEMA -- The Bill Cosford Cinema provides an educational and cultural resource for the University of Miami and the community it serves, by programming a wide variety of contemporary, classic and foreign films in a classic wide screen format, and by hosting lectures from renowned actors and directors. Gifts to the Cosford Cinema Fund support general operating expenses of the Cosford Cinema as well as special events.

DEBATE PROGRAM -- This award winning program teaches students essential skills in argumentation and debate, public speaking, communication theory, persuasion, business, and political communication. Gifts to the Debate Program Fund support general expenses of the Debate Team including scholarships and competition travel.

ROBERT STAHR HOSMON FUND -- This fund was established to honor former School of Communication vice dean and professor Dr. Robert Stahr Hosmon and his many years of service to the SoC. The fund supports student needs.

CEFALO FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP –- This fund was created by School of Communication alumna and former faculty member Carolyn Cefalo Horich and her family. It is awarded to undergraduate students majoring in broadcasting, broadcast journalism or video/film.

EDWARD J. PFISTER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND –- This fund is named to honor the founding dean of the School of Communication. It is awarded to School of Communication undergraduates.

DR. STANLEY L. HARRISON MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND –- The Dr. Stanley L. Harrison Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund in the School of Communication honors the service and memory of longtime faculty member Stanley Harrison. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students in the School of Communication who demonstrate proficient writing ability.

PHILADTHROPY FUND –- PhilADthropy combines the talent and creativity of UM students with the advertising needs of local non-profit organizations during a 25-hour event. Communication students provide free advertising and creative services to local nonprofit organizations. Gifts to the PhilADthropy Fund provide general support for the event to provide for expenses such as catering and supplies.

SOC CAREER SERVICES –- This fund supports career services for SoC students including resume writing, internship and job placement.

SAMUEL AND GRACE MANN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHP FUND –- This scholarship fund was created by UM alumnus Robert Mann and named after his parents. The fund supports scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in broadcast journalism.

BILL COSFORD MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP –- This scholarship fund is named in honor of the late Bill Cosford, longtime film critic for The Miami Herald and former instructor in the School of Communication. It is awarded to students majoring in motion pictures.

ROBERT AND CHRISTINE STAUB FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD –- Established by UM alumnus Robert Staub and his wife Christine, this fund provides for an annual award that recognizes a School of Communication faculty member for effectiveness in teaching, advising, mentoring, and service roles in and outside the classroom.

JUDY WALLACE COMMUNICATION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP –- This fund was established by alumnus and television producer Michael Robin, in honor of former School of Communication professor Judy Wallace. It is awarded to undergraduate students majoring in broadcasting and broadcast journalism.

HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM/NEW MEDIA WORKSHOP –- This workshop offers high school students from Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties the opportunity to hone their journalism skills during an intensive three-week experience while living on campus and getting an early taste of college life. In addition to the day-to-day rigors of reporting, writing and publishing the news, professional journalists are brought in as guest speakers to introduce the students to the journalism industry.

ROBERT T. AND ANNA STAHR HOSMON FUND –- This fund is named in honor and memory of the parents of former School of Communication vice dean and professor Robert Stahr Hosmon. The fund is used to bring back to campus successful alumni of the School of Communication, primarily alumni who live in Los Angeles and are in the film and television entertainment business as well as alumni in New York or elsewhere working in television or cable network news.