The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication invites PK-12 teachers in Ohio to apply for the 2020-21 Communication Fellows Program.

Designed to bolster innovation in communication education, the program also provides professional development, mentorship and networking opportunities. Fellows receive financial stipends and other support for projects they complete over the course of their fellowship.

Applicants must respond to the call for proposals by Jan. 15, 2020. Up to 10 fellows are named each year, with five from rural Appalachian districts and five from urban districts in the state of Ohio.

"One of the really special aspects of the Communication Fellows programs has been the relationships participants build within their cohorts," said Scripps College Dean Scott Titsworth. "They’re all such dedicated and enthusiastic educators; when they get together to share ideas, their output is just inspiring."

Communication Fellows attend a one-week summer residential experience at Ohio University’s main campus in Athens and receive free tuition for a graduate-level online course, a $1,500 stipend and a $1,000 classroom stipend. College faculty members serve as mentors, supporting the teachers as they develop and complete their project proposals during the residential experience and throughout the year.

Those selected for the fellowship will be notified by Feb. 21, 2020, and invited to the Scripps College of Communication celebration, part of Communication Week at Ohio University during the week of March 30-April 3, 2020. Availability to attend does not impact selection process.

"The most rewarding part of being a Communication Fellow was going to the summer institute at Ohio University," said Laura Moore, a 2019 fellow and English teacher at Newark Digital Academy. "I met so many professors, faculty members, and fellow teachers who inspired me. I left with new ideas, confidence, and a list of resources that helped me to form my ideas about what I wanted my class to be and what to include in the curriculum."

For more information about the Communication Fellows Program, visit www.ohio.edu/scripps-college/communication-fellows-program. The Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University consists of five schools, each offering a variety of majors and programs for students who want to pursue communication-related careers. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/scripps-college.