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Circle of Achievement


The Circle of Achievement is a society of college scholars who have achieved academic excellence within the College of Fine Arts & Communication. This circle honors approximately 15-20 students annually in an awards celebration during the Spring semester. All undergraduate students who are members of the Circle receive a Circle of Achievement Academic Stole to wear at their graduation ceremony. 


 

Members are recipients of the following scholarships and honors:

The Presidential Upper Level Scholarship program provides financial assistance and special recognition to a limited number of undergraduate students who have been outstanding in their college work. Each scholarship is valued at $1,200.00. To be eligible to receive this scholarship, a student must earn 60 or more credits by the time the scholarship is awarded with 30 of those hours being earned at Texas State. Other criteria include academic achievement, breadth of interests and achievements, leadership in department/school activities.

Dr. John Ralph Harrel was the first Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. The Harrel Outstanding Senior Award goes to students with the highest GPA in each of the five units of the College who graduate Spring semester or the preceding Summer or Fall semesters. 

The Outstanding Graduate Award considers graduate students with outstanding academic achievement; a graduate student who has made a significant contribution to scholarship and has left his/her mark on a department or school. 

The University Scholars program provides scholarships to a limited number of first-time freshmen who have demonstrated superior achievement and potential. The awards are $3,000 annually for a maximum of $12,000. To continue to receive this scholarship, a student must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each long semester and maintain a Texas State cumulative GPA of 3.25. Scholarship support is limited to 4 years.

Founded in 1986 by Houston philanthropists Howard and Nancy Terry, the Terry Foundation Scholarship was initiated at Texas State University in 2004. Since then, the number of current Terry Scholars has grown to over 100 students. The goal of the foundation is to assist Texas high school students who have excelled in the areas of academics, service and leadership, and provide these students with the means to attend college when other funding might not be attainable. Current Terry Scholars are also active participants in the Honors Program at Texas State, as well as the Texas State Terry Scholars Student Organization. Terry Scholars are awarded full-ride scholarships that are renewable for up to four years based upon meeting all renewal eligibility criteria consisting of a 2.5 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment. Terry Transfer Scholars are awarded on average $13,000 - $15,000 per year and are renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study based upon meeting all renewal eligibility criteria consisting of a 2.5 cumulative GPA and full-time enrollment.

 

 

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2016

J. Ralph Harrel Senior Award

Alexander Kamelhair | Art and Design

Hannah Jones | Communication Studies

Tara Pohlmeyer | Journalism and Mass Communication

Jessica Renee Hall | Music

Helen Regula | Theatre

Taryn Gregory | Dance


Presidential Upper Level

Connor Towns | Music | Presidential Upper Level Scholarship

Stephanie Campbell | Art and Design | Runner-Up

Channing Wan | Communication Studies | Runner-Up

Kaley Hanson | Journalism and Mass Communication |  Runner-Up

Laycen Watson | Theatre and Dance |  Runner-Up


Outstanding Graduate Student

Lindsay Starr | Art and Design | Outstanding Graduate Student

Benjamin Clancy | Communication Studies | Runner-up

Rebecca Larson | Journalism and Mass Communication | Runner-up

Hyun Jung Im | Music | Runner-up

T. J. Young | Theatre and Dance | Runner-up

2015

J. Ralph Harrel Senior Award

Jennifer Wosnitzky | Art and Design

Matthew Wynn | Communication Studies

Veronika Kondratieva | Journalism and Mass Communication

Randallyn Joyce Kelso | Music

John Nolan Blair | Theatre

Kristin Denson | Dance


Presidential Upper Level

Martin Kesuma | Music | Presidential Upper Level Scholarship

Kara Albe | Art and Design | Runner-Up

Matthew Janney | Communication Studies | Runner-Up

Taylor Hughes | Journalism and Mass Communication |  Runner-Up

Thomas Miller | Theatre and Dance |  Runner-Up


Outstanding Graduate Student

Shanna Schultz | Communication Studies| Outstanding Graduate Student

Erica Ryan | Art and Design | Runner-up

Kimberly Cook | Journalism and Mass Communication | Runner-up

Andrew Fisher | Music | Runner-up

Jordan Morille | Theatre and Dance | Runner-up


University Scholars

Art and Design:

Kara Albe

Helena Frende

Brianna Penney

Casey Sturm

Journalism and Mass Communication:

Austin Walker

Music:

Steven Gonzalez

Connor Schwanke

Theatre and Dance:

Stephen Brower

Jamielee Jakubowski


Terry Scholars

Art and Design:

Noelle Brooks

Danielle Drummond

Ciara Knight

Journalism and Mass Communication:

Nicole Barrios

Samuel Isenburg

Ernesto Macias

Hailey Morphis

Tara Pohlmeyer

Thomas Ritchie

Ronald Silva

Theatre and Dance:

Caitlin Baxter

Arturo Desantiago

Alexandra Gandara

Stephen Poer

Madison Thompson

Anne Wharton

2014

J. Ralph Harrel Senior Award

Emily Hom-Nici | Art and Design

Matthew Sheehan | Communication Studies

Christopher Henry | Journalism and Mass Communication

David Aaron Eickbusch | Music

Taylor Nicole Hansen | Theatre and Dance

Brandon Harrington Rosen | Theatre and Dance


Presidential Upper Level

Andrew McNair | Music | Presidential Upper Level Scholarship

Johnathon Simmons | Art and Design | Runner-Up

Reyna Vasquez | Communication Studies | Runner-Up

Paige Vaughn | Journalism and Mass Communication |  Runner-Up

Kurt Engh | Theatre and Dance |  Runner-Up


Outstanding Graduate Student

Rita Anderson | Theatre and Dance | Outstanding Graduate Student

Patrick Gosnell | Art and Design | Runner-up

Colter Ray| Communication Studies | Runner-up

Emily Lyons | Journalism and Mass Communication | Runner-up

Jose M. Garza, Jr. | Music | Runner-up


University Scholars

Art and Design:

Kara Albe

Helena Frende

Brianna Penney

Casey Sturm

Journalism and Mass Communication:

Harrison Holt

Austin Walker

Music:

Brianna Dowling

Steven Gonzalez

Randallyn Kelso

Theatre and Dance:

Stephen Brower