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.

tpt Public Media Scholarship

The tpt Public Media Scholarship will be awarded to an individual who aspires to a career in Media, with an eye toward non-profit Public Media and public service. This is a time of dramatic change in Public Media, as it transitions from traditional Public TV and Radio to a world of integrated technologies and tremendous opportunities. Open to college/university students who have completed at least two years of school and majoring in electronic media are eligible. The grants will be used for tuition and fees. Scholarship is open to college/university 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. College scholarships require an additional Video Link (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) of your best work. Time Limit: 15 minutes. Submit a copy of your most recent college 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.


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.

Carey McWilliams Award

The Carey McWilliams prize is awarded annually to honor a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics. It carries a $500 cash prize. Eligible candidate meet the criteria laid forth by the first organizing committe. First, the individual chosen should have a distinguished public service career in newspaper, magazine or broadcast media. Second, the individual chosen should, in his or her work, illumine some broad general principles of the social and political sciences. Third, the individual may have a background in editorial activities and not necessarily be a working journalist or writer. Fourth, the individual should illumine certain key elements identified with McWilliams, which include intellectual forthrightness and political independence. also for student in the field of social science

NATAS Mid-America College Undergraduate Scholarships

NATAS Mid-America is proud to offer scholarships to college undergraduates in the NATAS Mid-America region who are pursuing a career in the media industry. Scholarships range from $1000 to $3000 each. These are merit-based scholarships given to students who demonstrate the potential to join the profession and contribute to its future. Applicants do not need to be members of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to receive a scholarship. To apply for a NATAS Mid-America scholarship, simply complete the on-line application.

Rigo Chacon Reporting Scholarship

Up to $2,000 for undergraduate students ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Scholarship applicants: • must be actively engaged in a collegiate-level curriculum in one or more areas of the television industry and be attending a college in Northern California (Visalia to the Oregon border), Hawaii, or Reno, Nevada; • have completed at least one undergraduate academic year of television studies, • have at least one remaining year of undergraduate study for the undergraduate scholarships. Entrants may receive only one scholarship per year. Scholarship recipients are not eligible for a second scholarship in the year following their award. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Please specify which scholarship competition you are entering. Undergraduate students may apply for more than one scholarship, but you must submit a separate application form. The video entry must be specific to the category for which you are applying. Each application must include: 1) a completed scholarship application form; 2) a copy of your college transcript indicating your GPA and class standing (PDF); 3) a one-page essay summarizing your television academic and work experience, related activities and personal goals (Word or PDF); 4) a letter of recommendation from your dean or professor at your school explaining why you are a good candidate for an award plus the names of two faculty members we can contact for more information about your work. (Word or PDF) VIDEO REQUIREMENTS Undergraduate: Reporting – Submit a composite of at least three stories showing your skills as a writer/reporter. 10 minutes maximum)

Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) is honoring legendary broadcaster Mike Wallace by awarding scholarship in his name to college-bound students aspiring to careers in television. The $10,000 awards are granted to outstanding high school seniors who intend to follow communications-related baccalaureate degrees in pursuit of a career in any aspect of the television industry. The Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship is now in it’s second year of a five-year grant funded by CBS News in honor of longtime correspondent and his Emmy® Award winning television news career. The application will require: Your contact information Your current GPA and College Board scores (SAT or ACT) Examples of recent creative works, including links to videos (if available) hosted on a third-party service such as YouTube or Vimeo Examples of recent field or work experience and school activities participated in Two written essays: 1. Career Aspirations Essay — A single-page essay that describes what you would like to do upon graduation from high school. Indicate which colleges or universities you would like to attend and your reason for their selection. Also indicate the kinds of employment you hope to obtain once you complete your college education. 2. 2. Creative Essay — An additional essay of no more than two pages that deals with the following topic: Which continuing television program, past or present, has most influenced your life and why? (Be sure to select a multiple-episode program, not a single program or mini-series. Also, do not select a newscast or news-oriented program such as 60 Minutes or Frontline

NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter High School Scholarship

The $2,000 scholarship funded directly by our NATAS chapter members. It will be awarded to a current high school senior who plans to attend a four-year college and pursue a career in the television industry. This is open to high school students attending a school anywhere in the membership area of our organization which includes Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Bowling Green, Toledo, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania; Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Bloomington, Lafayette, and Muncie, Indiana.

NAHJ/Maria Elena Salinas Scholarship

$5,000 scholarships for students pursuing a career in Spanish-language broadcast journalism.

Zip Conferencing Scholarship

Purpose: The Zip Conferencing Scholarship was created to foster a new generation of effective communicators and promote industry innovation through the application of new technologies by emerging scholars. Scholarship: The Zip Conferencing Scholarship is open to all communications, marketing and business school students. Zip Conferencing will award one $2500 scholarship to the student who writes the best response to the following questions: In what ways have the use of new communication technologies affected the way that you interact with the world around you? How do you plan on employing the skills learned from those experiences in pursuit of your professional goals? Requirements: Students must be enrolled at a 2 year, 4 year, graduate level or certification program for business or communication related studies. All entries must be a minimum of 500 and maximum of 1000 words. Diagrams, schematics, illustrations and photographs may be included as supporting documents. All entries must be submitted no later than June 30, 2015. How to Enter: Please include your name, contact information, institution, major and expected date of graduation/certification and completed essay in Word doc. Format and submit as a post on the Zip Conferencing Facebook page ( Winner: The scholarship winner will be announced on the Zip Conferencing Facebook page ( on Monday, July 15, 2015, and the scholarship funds will be dispersed pending confirmation of enrollment. Read more:


A scholarship grant of $1000 is being offered to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student, majoring in broadcasting (or other designated television major) at an accredited college or university in the Michigan area. For consideration of this award, applicants must: Complete the online scholarship grant application. Write a personal statement. Letters of recommendation. Official copy of transcript. Film or video compilation of work.

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