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Dr. Barbara Strain Memorial Scholarship

DEADLINES: Fall: November 26, 2013     Spring: April 1, 2014

The Dr. Barbara Strain Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of a beloved faculty member who devoted almost forty years of her life to the students of this department. Barbara Strain received her baccalaureate degree from Birmingham Southern College, her Master of Arts degree from Ohio State University, and her doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin. The courses she taught at San Antonio College included Fundamentals of Speech, Business and Professional Speech, Voice and Diction, and Pronunciation for Non-native Speakers. At the request of the English as a Second Language (ESOL) department, she designed the communication curriculum for two courses. With Patricia Wysong, she was co-author of a speech communication textbook, Communication Skills. Among her innovations as an instructor was the use of special computer software called Video Voice to help students master the sounds and stresses of spoken English.

Dr. Strain was a talented performer in departmental and community theatre productions. Her roles as Bernarda in The House of Bernarda Alba and as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker at the San Pedro Playhouse were among her favorites. At San Antonio College, her roles included Eleanor in The Lion in Winter, the Narrator in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, as well as a cast member in Jules Pfeiffer's Hold Me!, The World of Sally Forth, An Evening with Mark Twain, Talking Pictures, and Eve Ensler's The Good Body. At Birmingham Community Theatre she performed the roles of Mary in The Women and Prioress in Cradle Song. She was a cast member in a popular recent production of The Vagina Monologues at San Antonio's Church Theatre.

In the spirit of Dr. Strain's contributions to and support of speech communication and theatre, this award in her name is designed to reward the academic achievements of speech and theatre majors at San Antonio College who are in financial need. 

Criteria for eligibility for the Dr. Barbara Strain Memorial Scholarship:

  • Must be a Speech/Drama Major

  • Must have a 2.0 or above GPA with a 3.0 GPA in your Major
Interview with a committee member
Must be enrolled as a full-time student (12 hours)

  • Enrolled in at least one Speech/Drama course each semester
Completion of Scholarship Application, including one letter of recommendation. 

  • Must be available to provide service hours.

Application Process 

(Incomplete or late applications will not be considered) :

 1. Get an application from the Program Departmental office: McAllister Fine Arts Building (MCFA), Room 102-A1 

 2. Complete the Scholarship Application.

 3. Write your one page personal statement.

4. Get one letter of recommendation from a Drama or Speech instructor from whom you either took a class from, or who has supervised you work in a theatrical production or speech activity

 5. Submit your scholarship application, including the one letter of recommendation before the deadline to:

Fine Arts Departmental Office: MCFA 102-A1

Scholarship Committee
Speech Communication Department

San Antonio College

1300 San Pedro Ave.

San Antonio, Texas 78212-4299 


Applicants will be notified of their scholarship status approximately two weeks after their interview. Scholarship recipients must submit a signed State of Intent to the Fine Arts Department within 30 days of receiving their scholarship award. Failure to sign and submit a Statement of Intent will result in the cancellation of the scholarship. 

Department of Fine Arts
Theatre & Speech Communication Programs
Ron Lucke Scholarship Application Guidelines


 Deadline for scholarship application:     FALL 2013- Tuesday, November 26, 2013
                                                                     SPRING 2014-Tuesday, April 1, 2014
 Criteria for eligibility for Theatre/Speech Communication Scholarships:

 •    Must be a declared Theatre or Speech Communication Major.

•    Must have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA with a 3.0 GPA in your major.

•    Must interview with a Theatre or Speech Communication faculty or staff member and have them complete and sign reference form.

•    Must complete at least 9 hours each semester.

•    Must complete Scholarship Application and Reference form.  

•    For Theatre, the student must demonstrate a commitment to their craft by participating in both semester productions either acting and/or crew.

•    For Speech Communication, the student must demonstrate a commitment to the discipline by participating in speech activities.

•    Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Application Process: 

1.    Pick up an application form from the Speech Communication/Theatre Program Departmental office-McAllister Fine Arts Building (MCFA) Room 102-A1.  
2.    Meet with a Speech Communication/Theatre Faculty or Staff whom you would like to serve as a scholarship reference. Faculty/Staff member must sign reference section of scholarship application.
3.    Submit your scholarship application, including reference signature from the Speech Communication/Theatre faculty or staff, before the appropriate deadline to: 

Speech Communication/Theatre Program Departmental Office-
Gloria Anderson, Senior Secretary—210-486-0494
MCFA Room 102-A1

San Antonio College is an equal opportunity institution-students are admitted without regard to race, nationality, color, religion, sex, age, or disability. This college also complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Document last updated: 9/2013

Contact Information

Jeff Hunt
Phone:  210-486-0497

Theatre Coordinator
Paula Rodriguez
Office:  McFA 129B
Phone:  210-486-0492