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Ruth E. Richards Rising Star Communicator Award


AWC Tulsa is now accepting applications for the Ruth E. Richards Rising Star Communicator Award. The scholarships will be awarded to female college students pursuing a degree in the communication field based on their positive contributions to communication on campus and/or in the community, academic achievement and how this scholarship would support their education.  


Two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded at the annual AWC Tulsa Newsmakers Luncheon on May 1, 2024, at Southern Hills Country Club. Recipients will also receive a one year membership to The Association for Women In Communications Tulsa!


Scholarship criteria: 

  • Scholarships will be awarded to women pursuing a major or minor degree in communications or related fields such as journalism, marketing, public relations or graphic design. 
  • Freshman year of undergraduate study must be completed. 
  • Enrollment in at least nine undergraduate hours.
  • Attendance at Newsmakers Luncheon Wednesday, May 1, 2024, in Tulsa if selected for the scholarship. 


Applications are due Friday, March 15.  

Apply Here!


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Maggie Joyner and Teri Bowers

Rising Star Award 2019

L-R: Dee Harris, Jillian Schillaci, Hannah Perry, Samantha Slater

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Destanie Powell and Emily West

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In 2021, AWC Tulsa renamed our annual college scholarships.

The awards are named in memory of Ruth E. Richards, longtime AWC member, former AWC Tulsa president, Saidie Lifetime Achievement honoree and Chapter Super Star honoree.

A life-long learner, Ruth was a talented development communications professional. Even more than that, she was a mentor who tirelessly helped countless peers improve their skills and our community.