Communication major Jillian Bontjes has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).
Bontjes, a junior from Westville, Ill., will receive the John Bayliss Award, which is worth $2,500.
Bontjes has been active at WZIS since her first semester at Indiana State University. She is currently assistant program director and a DJ. Previously, she was multimedia director, responsible for the WZISFM.org website. Bontjes, whose major concentration is public relations, is also the strategic communications specialist responsible for news and features for all Student Media units.
In his nominating letter, Rich Green, FM radio manager, said Bontjes “exemplifies what it takes to be a leader through her talent and her work ethic.” A presidential scholar and Honors College student, Bontjes also plays clarinet in the Sycamore Basketball Band and sings in the University Chorale.
Bontjes said she was “pleasantly surprised” to receive news of the award, which will be officially presented at the BEA conference in Las Vegas in April. The award process is highly selective, with only six scholarships offered each year to undergraduates at four-year colleges and universities.
Bontjes said she hopes to get a job in a public relations agency after she graduates.