Broadcasting Scholarships

When it comes to studying the subject at the college level broadcasting is usually referred to as broadcast journalism. In this major students learn how to create, report and deliver news and information via radio, television and other forms of electronic media. In the paragraphs that follow we'll explore the various educational pathways for getting into this industry. We'll also take a look at the availability of broadcasting scholarships.

Broadcasting degree programs come in all shapes and sizes. One popular program is the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Broadcasting (BFA). With a BFA program you'll receive a comprehensive exposure to the methods and techniques involved in broadcast and multimedia news delivery. You'll take courses such as visual storytelling, electronic cinematography, mass media ethics, set production and management and audio design.

Along with your core broadcasting courses you'll also enroll in liberal arts and humanities electives. You'll have science and math requirements as well as English, public speaking and social science courses. Other degree requirements you are likely to encounter include an internship and a senior year Capstone project. With the internship, you'll work in a professional broadcasting environment under direct supervision while receiving course credit.

There are also graduate degree programs available in broadcast journalism. These are most often offered in the Master of Science degree format. The topics covered in these types of program will resemble those covered at the bachelor's level. Of course, you'll cover the topics in more depth. 

You'll also be exposed to additional internship opportunities. These experiences can be important because they provide you with real-world experience and they also allow you to meet media professionals and begin to make industry contacts.

The career outlook for broadcast journalism professionals is somewhat stagnant. Job opportunities for reporters and correspondents are expected to see an 8% decrease over the coming decade. This will be owing to continuing news organization consolidation that comes as a result of the increasing popularity of the Internet. Broadcast news analysts should see a slight increase in jobs over the same time period. Employment opportunities should be strongest for those in major media markets, those willing to relocate and those with strong technological skills and training.

Follow the links below to learn more about the range of broadcast scholarships.

NAHJ PepsiCo Scholarships

These Scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded to students pursuing careers in print, broadcast, online and visual journalism. College-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students are eligible as long as they have a 2.0 average. These scholarships are made possible by PepsiCo, an effort to support young aspiring Latino journalists.

Roy Rowan Scholarship

Roy Rowan, correspondent, writer, editor and former OPC President, spent 35 years at Time serving as bureau chief in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Rome, Tokyo, Bonn and Chicago, and as Assistant Managing Editor for the weekly Life in charge of news. Graduate and undergraduate students, studying at American colleges and universities, or Americans studying abroad, who aspire to become foreign correspondents, are invited to apply for one of 15 scholarships or fellowships to be awarded by the Overseas Press Club Foundation. Winning an OPC Foundation scholarship or fellowship is more than a cash award. Winners are invited to join the Overseas Press Club family. They are encouraged to network and keep the organization apprised of their career moves. Foundation fellowships pay for travel and living expenses for awardees to intern in foreign bureaus at such leading news organization as the Associated Press, Forbes, GlobalPost, Reuters and Wall Street Journal, among others, and at foreign English-language media companies like the South China Morning Post and Cambodia Daily. In many cases, winning a prestigious OPC Foundation award has helped launch careers. The judges require that applicants submit a Cover Letter, Resume and Writing Sample. The applicant’s name and school should appear at the top of each page. The Writing Sample of approximately 500 words should concentrate on an area of the world or an international issue that is in keeping with the applicant’s interest and experience. Judges prefer a reported story, especially one that demonstrates a journalist's perspective or initiative. Winners have written on such diverse topics as playing black jack on the Trans-Siberian iRailroad, political activism in Morocco, and social upheaval in China. Essays that are exceedingly long may be disqualified. Because four of the 15 awards are reserved for international business or economic coverage, the Foundation invites applications from students who show a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic issues such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or environmental impacts. The substance of the essay may have appeared in an individual's previously published work but should be reformatted to meet the requirements of the application. Do not send a clip or URL. The Cover Letter should be autobiographical in nature addressing such questions as how the applicant developed an interest in this particular part of the world, a story pitch, or how he or she would use the scholarship to further journalistic ambitions. The judges respond well to applications showing strong reporting skills, color, and understanding or passion. Winners will be contacted in December so arrangements can be made for them to attend the Foundation Scholarship Luncheon in New York City. Recipients are expected to attend. The Foundation will cover the cost of travel and hotel.

NATAS Pacific Southwest Chapter Scholarship

The Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences encourages students preparing for careers in the industry through its scholarship program, which is open to students in television-related disciplines in area colleges and universities. Since the inception of the Scholarship Program, the Chapter has awarded over $281,000 in grants to students preparing for television careers. Scholarships are granted for use by undergraduate students enrolled in 9 units or more and graduate students enrolled in 6 units or more at two- or four-year colleges or universities for the coming Fall or Spring school year. Student must be a resident of the Pacific Southwest Chapter Area (San Diego, Las Vegas, Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria or Palm Springs) at the time of application. Students should intend to pursue a career in television and related fields. Although we are looking for students who are good scholars, evidence of creative achievement and demonstration of financial need is even more important. Annual scholarship recipients are announced in June, at the Emmy® Awards, for the following school year. Scholarships are awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000. Attendance at the Emmy® Awards is not mandatory for receipt of scholarship. Scholarships cannot be applied to coursework already completed.

Alexander M. Tanger Scholarships

Study any area of broadcasting. Scholarships will be awarded for full-time degree work at the JUNIOR, SENIOR OR GRADUATE level. Scholarships must be used exclusively for tuition, student fees, university book store course purchases, and university dormitory room and board. Current scholarship holders are not eligible for reappointment in the year following their award. All scholarships must be applied to study at a campus where at least one department is a BEA institutional member. The applicant should be able to show substantial evidence of superior academic performance and potential to be an outstanding electronic media professional. There should be compelling evidence that the applicant possesses high integrity and a well-articulated sense of personal and professional responsibility.

$2,500 N.S. Bienstock Fellowship

An award established in early 1999 by N.S. Bienstock, Inc. owners, Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper. N.S. Bienstock has been the leading agency for representation of electronic journalists and reality-based programming for more than 35 years and is a long-time member of RTNDA. This award recognizes a promising minority journalist in radio or television news management.

Stoody-West Fellowship

A $6,000 Stoody-West Fellowships in religious journalism offered in recognition of the work and lives of Dr. Ralph Stoody and Dr. Arthur West, leaders in public relations and information services in The United Methodist Church. The grant will assist one United Methodist student in their post-graduate study at an accredited U.S. college or university who intends on pursuing a career in religious journalism. The purpose of the fellowship is to enhance the recipient's professional competence and thereby help to perpetuate the standards exemplified by Ralph Stoody and Arthur West. Religious journalism is interpreted to include news writing for secular press, church press and for church institutions. The committee will consider appropriate news and journalism forms, including electronic and broadcast media, as well as print.

Carol Simpson Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be black. 2. Must be pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism. 3. Must be an undergraduate or graduate student. 4. Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. 5. Must demonstrate community service. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

RTNDF Broadcast News Management Fellowships

The Radio and Television News Directors Foundation Broadcast News Management Fellowship sends journalist of color to leadership and management training programs for news professionals. The RTNDF fellowship program allows senior broadcast news and mid-career professionals of color to develop or strengthen their management skills. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by a supervisor. Each candidate must submit an application form and a letter of recommendation from his or her supervisor. Candidates also are urged to work with the supervisor to determine what skills and training they need to advance. Fellowship winners will attend workshops on such topics as developing management competence, leadership and communication skills.

Tony Turner Memorial Broadcast Scholarship Fund

To benefit aspiring broadcasters from the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Limited to residents of eastern KY.

Pfister Journalism Scholarship

Open to high school seniors who have been accepted into an accredited post-secondary college or university for the fall. Scholarship is open to high school students living or attending school in the five-state area served by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa & western Wisconsin) For consideration scholarship applicants must: Submit completed online scholarship grant application form. Submit completed relevant essay. Submit a copy of your most recent high school transcript. Letter or letters of recommendation from relevant faculty or advisors. Letters of recommendation can be accepted via email , providing it comes directly from the faculty or advisor’s school account. Hard copy letters should be signed and printed on letterhead paper. Each scholarship requires the student to write a mandatory essay for the scholarships offered. Essays will be judged based on your ability to focus on the topic, answer the question and stay within the 450 word limit. We will also pay attention to spelling and grammar.

Wilma Smith Scholarship

This is a new scholarship created to honor longtime WJW anchor Wilma Smith who retired in May 2013, after a 35 year career in Cleveland broadcasting. The $2,500 award is funded by WJW Fox 8. It is designated for a female college student from the Cleveland market who is currently a second or third year student majoring in a television-related field.

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