Dr. Alan Zimmerman Endowed Scholarship

Departments: Communication and Journalism | Student Affairs/Dean of Students Categories: Communication and Journalism | Religious Studies
Amount Two awards of $1,250
Availability Annually
Eligibility Criteria

One scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student majoring in communication, with a specific emphasis on public communication, communication studies or organizational communication. The recipient must be enrolled full-time for at least one semester during the academic year the scholarship is received and have 12 credits of CJ courses completed at the time of application. The recipient must have an earned GPA of at least 3.2 in the CJ department. Preference will be given to a student who plans on a career in public communication, communication studies, organizational communication, or pursuing a career as a public speaker.

The second scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student of any major, who is planning on a career in Christian ministry, Christian outreach and/or Christian media work. The recipient must be enrolled full-time for at least one semester during the academic year the scholarship is received. Preference will be given to a student actively involved in Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), InterVarsity, the Navigators or Athletes in Action. Recipient must have an earned GPA of at least 3.0.

Application Procedure

Applications for communication majors are available on the Department of Communication and Journalism website.

Applications for the scholarship to students planning a career in Christian ministry work are available from Student Affairs/Dean of Students Office.

Application Deadline

Late spring for the ministry award.

Selection Procedure The respective department's scholarship committees select the recipients.
Selection Deadline The Christian Ministry recipient will be notified by the Dean of Students Office.

The department chairs notify the recipients.

The winner of the communication and journalism scholarship is expected to attend the Communication and Journalism Student Excellence Recognition Reception held the last day of spring classes.

Special Notes

In 1970 Alan Zimmerman graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a B.A. in speech, communication, and political science. From there he went on to earn a master's and Ph.D. in speech communication, taught at the university level for 15 years, and was awarded the 'Outstanding Faculty Member' award by two different universities.

In 1985, Dr. Zimmerman opened his own training, speaking, and consulting company, delivering more than 3,000 programs in 49 states and 22 countries. His programs focus on such topics as self-esteem, motivation, leadership, and teamwork as he shows people how to bring out the best in themselves or others. As a Certified Speaking Professional and an inductee into the Speakers Hall of Fame, he is ranked among the top 5% of all speakers worldwide. He is the author of three books: The Service Payoff: How Customer Service Champions Outserve And Outlast The Competition, Pivot: How One Turn In Attitude Can Lead To Success, and Brave Questions: Building Stronger Relationships By Asking All The Right Questions.

Dr. Zimmerman established this scholarship fund to give back to his alma mater as he helps future students reach their greatest potential.

Thank You

Recipients of the communication scholarship should submit a letter of gratitude addressed to Dr. Alan Zimmerman and send it to the communication and journalism program assistant.

Recipients of the scholarship for students planning to enter the ministry should direct their thank you note to Dr. Alan Zimmerman in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.