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Dr. Barbara Strain and Dr. John F. Skinner
Memorial Scholarship
DEADLINES: Fall: November 30, 2016     Spring: April 26, 2017 

The Dr. Barbara Strain and Dr. John F. Skinner Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of two beloved faculty members who devoted many years of their 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.

Dr. John F. Skinner began teaching in the department at San Antonio College in 1984. He received his Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Arts, and doctorate all from the University of Texas in Speech Communication /Oral Interpretation. While at SAC, he served as Chairperson for three years, served as web-master and created the first online speech class for the department. He wrote and directed faculty and student based theatre productions both as fundraisers for the department’s scholarship funds and as part of the theatre season. He also served as the coach for the Speech Team for four years and facilitated the establishment of the non-native speech lab in the department. He co-authored two Speech Communication textbooks, Mastering Public Speaking and Communication: The Handbook.  The text, Mastering Public Speaking consistently remains on of the top three most widely used texts in the speech community since it was first published in 1992. In addition of working tirelessly as a classroom teacher with over 10,000 students passing through his door, he presented numerous workshops, seminars, and academic scholarship papers at the Texas Speech Communication Association, and the National communication Association. Above all, Dr. Skinner was recognized by his students and faculty colleagues, as an exceptionally caring educator.

In the spirit of Dr. Strain and Dr. Skinners’ contributions to and support of speech communication and theatre, this award in their names 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-Paula Rodriguez, Ronnie Watson, or Jolinda Ramsey
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 105
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 105

Scholarship Committee
San Antonio College
1819 North Main Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78212-3941

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 7 days of receiving their scholarship award. Failure to sign and submit a Statement of Intent will result in the cancellation of the scholarship. 


Ron Lucke Scholarship Application Guidelines
DEADLINES: Fall: November 30, 2016     Spring: April 26, 2017


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 105.  

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-MCFA 105


Mary Elizabeth Crowe Speech Scholarship
Mary Crow was an adjunct speech instructor for many years at San Antonio College. The scholarship was set up to help students become more effective in speech communication. It is also to assist students in obtaining a major or minor and encourage them to participate in the various aspects of speech communication. The speech faculty will determine the recipient and award this scholarship at the end of the spring term.




Jeff Hunt
Phone:  210-486-0487

 Speech Coordinator
Ashley Click
Phone:  210-486-0481
Office:  McFA 209