Give to the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU
When you give to the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication you become a partner in the academic success of our students, the research discoveries of our faculty and the continued effort to make the world better. You’re also supporting a top-ranked research university that’s committed to finding solutions to some of our most pressing concerns. From scholarship support to funding for a specific research cause, your generosity and continued investment impact our community profoundly.
Whether you’re donating a couple of dollars or a large sum, your gift is greatly appreciated. Any amount makes a difference for our students, faculty, staff, research and programs. Your charitable contributions enable our school to achieve the highest standards of excellence, access and impact.
Giving to the funds below allows the school to offer incoming students scholarships to major in communication studies. In addition to helping a student afford university, scholarships are important recruitment tools that help bring more people into the study of communication, attract high-quality students and keep the degrees healthy.
Clark D. Olson Forensic Scholarship
In May 2022, Dr. Clark D. Olson retired after 37 years at our school.
For fifteen years, Clark administered one of the country’s largest and most successful national and international college forensics programs. Clark received numerous coaching awards and his teams were continually ranked in the top ten nationally in debate and individual events.
He also helped mentor students and coaches in forensics and how to succeed both in life and school.
Your donation will provide funds for students on the Forensics Team, and this will help maintain our squad’s proud tradition of excellence and competitive success in speech and debate.
Daniel Brouwer Mentorship/Scholarship
Your gift honors the legacy of Professor Daniel Brouwer, who had a long history of mentoring students in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.
The Daniel Brouwer Mentorship/Scholarship was established to commemorate the legacy of outstanding mentorship left by Daniel Brouwer, who served as faculty in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication for 21 years. Your support commemorates the extraordinary impact Brouwer had at ASU, where he worked with more than 60 graduate students on their dissertations and theses. Giving to the Daniel Brouwer Mentorship/Scholarship will recognize and support a graduate student whose work reflects a commitment to engaged and exceptional mentoring such as that demonstrated by Professor Brouwer.
Karin Valentine Science Communication Award
This scholarship honors the life and legacy of the late Karin Valentine. She was the daughter of Hugh Downs School emerita faculty member, Kristin Valentine, and was the spouse of Hugh Downs School Professor Tony Roberto.
The scholarship will recognize students' efforts in communicating their science and advocacy activities to a broad audience and do so for years to come.
Our Scholarship Funds
Hugh Downs School Enrichment Fund
Your donation will support special initiatives, public events, and guest speakers within the HDSHC. It will also be used to expand programs and research opportunities for our students and faculty.
Hugh Downs School Scholarship Fund
Your donation will provide scholarship support to students outside of the Hugh Downs School’s annual scholarship competition.
Judith N. Martin Intercultural Communication Scholarship
Your donation will provide scholarship support to international students pursuing graduate studies in intercultural communication in the HDSHC.
Kristin Bervig Valentine Scholarship in Performance Studies
Your donation will provide support to undergraduate students who have made significant contributions to the study of performance through creative activity, scholarship and/or community service.
Clark D. Olson Forensics Scholarship
Your donation will provide scholarship support to an undergraduate student who is a member of the ASU Forensics Speech and Debate team.
COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund
This crowdfunding effort provides emergency funding to students impacted by the Coronavirus. This fund will offer necessary financial support to students and is designed to help them maintain their safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2023 Scholarship Recipients
"I am so grateful to be selected as one of the Hugh Downs School of Communication Scholars Program Scholarship recipients. This scholarship will enable me to attend ASU to pursue my Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and Minors in English (Literature) and History. Upon graduation, my goal is to pursue Graduate School to become a professor within the field of rhetorical and critical/cultural communication research and instruction."
"Thank you very much for giving me the House of Broadcasting, Inc. Endowed Scholarship. I know that this contribution will go far in paying for my tuition, school fees and textbooks as I continue to work towards my dreams and goals.
Upon graduating, I plan to use my communication skills, combined with my additional Justice Studies major to enter the workforce. I would like to dedicate my career path towards public service as well, preferably working against the widespread issue of human trafficking. This generous scholarship is not just helping me reach my short-term goals but is setting me on a path and pattern of service for the rest of my life."
"I am so grateful to be the William and Teeny Drakos Endowed Scholarship recipient as it will enable me to continue to attend ASU to pursue my communication degree. Upon graduation, my goal is to obtain a job in public relations while helping my community through non-profit work. I feel it is important to give back to the community to contribute to building a more positive society."