Deadline: March 24, 2023

The Melissa Pellegrin Memorial Scholarship is award to full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at UCF with at least a 3.0 GPA majoring or minoring in English/Technical Communication or pursuing an M.A. in English/Technical Communication.


  • Applicants must be enrolled at UCF pursuing a degree in English – Technical Communication B.A. or M.A. track. If they are graduate students, they must be pursuing an M.A. in English/Technical Communication.
  • Minimum 3.0 overall GPA
  • The fund provides scholarships and awards to selected outstanding undergraduates and graduate students at UCF. Full-time and part-time students are encouraged to apply.


“This award transcends the recognition and monetary value, because I believe in the technical communication profession and am honored to be affiliated with all of the predecessors who exemplify Melissa’s caliber.”

Heather Stearns, 2006 Pellegrin scholarship winner

Based on the number of qualified applicants, the selection committee, composed of English Department faculty members and a member of the Orlando Central Florida Chapter of STC, could award scholarships to up to two students (most often one undergraduate and one graduate student or, in some cases, two undergraduates or two graduate students). Those selected will be recognized at the April meeting of the STC chapter and the April awards presentations sponsored by the English Department. Their names will also be added to a plaque of Pellegrin winners on permanent display at UCF.

Melissa’s Legacy

Photo of Melissa Pellegrin The Orlando Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication founded the Melissa Pellegrin Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor and preserve the memory and generous spirit of our valued friend and professional colleague, Melissa Pellegrin. Melissa was a 1994 graduate of UCF and a member of the chapter. The fund was dedicated on October 3, 1997 during the Trends ’97 Conference. For over 15 years, the Orlando Central Florida STC Chapter has been presenting this award to promising students at the University of Central Florida (UCF) who best exemplify Melissa’s standards for excellence and dedication to the technical communication community. Previous Pellegrin recipients all agree that even more valuable than the cash reward is being part of this time-honored tradition. To find more about Melissa and the scholarship, including a list of previous recipients and their testimonials, visit the Scholarships page from the Florida chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the application for the Melissa Pellegrin Scholarship

  2. Attach a copy of your transcript, highlighting all of your technical communication courses. You may submit an unofficial transcript or degree audit. Graduate students should submit both their graduate and undergraduate transcripts.

  3. Compose a letter to the selection committee. Your letter should include:

    • Why you chose this discipline
    • Your definition of a technical communicator
    • Why you want to be a technical communicator

    Include any factors you would want the Education Committee to consider, such as your need for financial aid, your level of activity with STC and other organizations, your academic honors and accomplishments, your community service, your status as a veteran, or your need to overcome a disability or other challenge in your pursuit of a technical communication career. Use a standard business letter format for your letter, which should not exceed two pages.

  4. Send your completed application, transcripts, and letter to [email protected]

    • The ONLY acceptable document types are .doc, .docx, and .pdf

    • File attachments must be named as follows:

      1. LastName_Application (ex:Smith_Application)
      2. LastName_Transcript (ex:Smith_Transcript)
      3. LastName_AppLetter (ex:Smith_AppLetter)
    • Do not combine these files in a single attachment. Send all three in the same e-mail with separate attachments.

    • Your e-mail should include the subject line: “Pellegrin Scholarship.” Applications must be received no later than Friday, November 6, 2020, at 5 p.m., to be considered for the scholarship.

More Information

  • Awards and scholarships are meant to support a student’s education and must be included as a part of a student’s financial aid cost of attendance. If a scholarship exceeds your cost of attendance, a reduction to your financial aid may occur.

  • Awards only apply to credits taken in UCF’s College of Arts and Humanities.

If you have questions or concerns, contact Ms. Wendy Perez(407-823-2251 or [email protected]) or Mr. Lyman Brodie ([email protected]).