Helen Cleary Hufker Memorial Scholarship Established to Encourage Women to Study Audio Production

Hufker pays tribute to mother’s values to turn dream into reality

ST. LOUIS (JULY 10, 2015) – Thanks to the generosity of Webster University School of Communications Professor Barry Hufker, the Helen Cleary Hufker Memorial Scholarship has been permanently established as an annual scholarship. The newly endowed fund pays tribute to Hufker’s mother who taught her family the importance of education and equal opportunities for women.

“Helen Cleary Hufker believed in the value of education and made every effort for her children to have the best she and my father Eugene could afford,” Professor of Audio Production Barry Hufker reflected. “She supported our ambitions, especially mine in music and audio.”

“Her encouragement in music and science led me to a career in audio production and education. From our earliest years my mother taught us the importance of equal opportunities for women. This scholarship is an effort to make her ideals a reality for women in the audio industry,” Hufker said.

“Women comprise only five percent of the workers in the audio industry. With the addition of this scholarship, we would like to improve that percentage and encourage more women to work in this wonderful field,” Hufker went on to say.

Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications (SOC) at Webster University, thanked Hufker for his generosity and support of the School and of future students. “This is a wonderful new gift that will help support the success of our students as the program continues to grow,” Rothenbuhler said.

Sherry Scott, a recent graduate of Parkway South High School, will receive the first Helen Cleary Hufker Memorial Scholarship. Scott plans to study audio production when she starts attending classes in fall 2015.

The scholarship will be awarded each year to a freshman or undergraduate transfer student enrolled full-time at Webster University’s SOC at the Webster Groves campus. Preference will be given to women studying Audio Production. To qualify for the scholarship, students must have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in coursework attempted and also have a demonstrated financial need.

Hufker’s gift qualified for a matching grant being offered as part of Webster University’s Centennial Celebration.

The audio production program, part of the Department of Audio Aesthetics and Technology in the SOC is celebrating 25 years at Webster University. Hufker has taught at Webster for 29 years.

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Fifteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level and master’s degrees in six diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, London, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.