Paul and Julie Yelsma Scholarship

Application Instructions: Criteria and Process

The Paul and Julie Yelsma Scholarship is given annually to a student who demonstrates academic promise in the area of small groups, family or interpersonal communication.  

Amount: Each academic year a scholarship of a minimum of $500 is available for one student. 

Selection Criteria: 

  1. Full-time undergraduate student with sophomore or junior status and a major in the School of Communication.
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.75.
  3. A record of academic promise in the area of small group, family, or interpersonal communication.

Application Process: 

  1. Applicants must complete and submit the Yelsma Scholarship application form.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a current School of Communication faculty member that focuses on the selection criteria for this scholarship should be included with the application form.
  3. Submit your materials by February 20, 2023, using the application form below.
  4. Contact Dr. Propp with questions (

Selection Process:

A scholarship committee composed of School of Communication faculty will review the applications. The committee will determine the recipient.  


  1. The scholarship recipient(s) shall be named in the spring for awarding in the following academic year (2023-2024).

 2.  Each award shall be distributed one half in the fall semester (2023) and one half in the spring semester (2024).