Raymie McKerrow Award: Distinguished Undergraduate Student in Communication & Journalism

Raymie McKerrow served on the Communication faculty, including a turn as Chair, and had a distinguished career as a scholar. He was known for his commitment to students and to the community.  Each year we recognize a student in the Department who has excelled as well as demonstrated a spirit of engagement and community-mindedness.

Criteria: Senior from any major, outstanding citizenship on and/or off campus, academic excellence. Click here to see a history of awardees.


Wofford Gardner Award: Outstanding Academic Achievement in Communication

Wofford C. Gardner joined the University of Maine in 1947 and had a distinguished career as a speech professor, serving as president of Speech Association of Eastern States in 1966.  Each year we recognize a student who models his commitment to academic success.

Criteria: Communication senior, most outstanding academic performance. Click here to see a history of awardees.


Brooks Hamilton: Spirit of Excellence Award

Brooks Hamilton was a city editor for the Daily Kennebec Journal before he joined the University of Maine faculty. He chaired the Department of Journalism and Broadcasting for eighteen years during his UMaine career, shaping the program in every way. He also was a key figure in drafting Maine’s “right to know” law, passed in 1959. Each year we recognize a student who exhibits his commitment to excellence.

Criteria: Journalism senior, tenacity, scholastic and professional excellence. Click here to see a history of awardees.


Outstanding Graduating Senior: Media Studies

Criteria: Media Studies senior, most outstanding academic performance. Click here to see a history of awardees.


Outstanding Graduating Senior: Journalism

Criteria: Journalism senior, most outstanding academic performance. This award included both Journalism and Mass Communication students through 2017. Click here to see a history of awardees.