The Mort S. Cohn Outstanding Rising Senior Award
The Mort S. Cohn Outstanding Rising Senior Award goes to the rising senior who has best served or represented the department during their time in the department.
In the above 1982 staff photo of Asheville's WLOS (Channel 13), Mr. Cohn is the bespectacled man in front of the right pediment of the doorway. Mr. Cohn was the general manager of WLOS, and an official with Wometco Skyline Broadcasting, the then parent company of WLOS. Mr. Cohn was a champion of progressive causes, and was a frequent commentor on local and national political issues on WLOS.
After his death, his widow, Mickie Cohn generously bequeathed monies for two scholarships to UNC Asheville's Mass Communication Department. Mr. Cohn was responsible for the development of broadcasting in western North Carolina -- few today remember the hardships necessary to haul the transmission equipment up to the top of Mount Pisgah, WLOS' remote broadcast site, or to maintain it during extreme weather conditions -- and Mrs. Cohn wished that he might be remembered through scholarships.
Thanks to Maurice Plemmons for the above photo.
The Mort S. Cohn Outstanding Scholar Award
The Mort S. Cohn Outstanding Scholar Award goes to the rising senior who is most distinguished, by the judgment of the faculty, in research efforts, grade point average, and other indicators of scholarship.
The Nantahala Power and Light Scholarship
The Nantahala Power and Light Scholarship goes to the most outstanding student in the Mass Communication Department from the counties in Western North Carolina formerly served by the Nantahala Power and Light Company.
Nantahala Power and Light was an power source of about 100 megawatts -- small by any standard -- which generated power solely by impound dams. It was formed in 1929 by the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), which supported an aluminum operation in Tennessee with this power operation, which it called the Tapoco Project. The area that it served included all or portions of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties, and was and is a rural, sparsely populated area; thus, the public relations office of NP&L sought to benefit some of its clients by creating a scholarship to benefit the student from their service area.