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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.

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.

The Ed Piette Leadership Scholarship

For students who have demonstrated leadership skills in their school or community and who are planning to seek careers in broadcasting or electronic media. 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. Scholarships are 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 info@midwestemmys.org , 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.

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.

HBO Point Scholarship

The HBO Point Scholarship is awarded to a creative and dynamic individual who intends to pursue a career in the media. Who qualifies for a Point Scholarship? Please review the current scholar and alumni bios that are posted on Point's website, as each biography demonstrates the qualities and experiences that Point looks for in the strongest applicants. Very strong academic performance is one characteristic that Point seeks in all its applicants and subsequent scholars. Additionally, proven leadership skills and the desire to make a difference in the world are highly valued. Each person who applies for a Point Scholarship is evaluated on the totality of their situation. Academic achievement, personal merit, leadership, involvement in the LGBTQ community, professional experiences, financial need, marginalization, personal and future goals are all taken into consideration.

Stanford Chen Internship Grant

The Stanford Chen Internship Fund Grant supports college students needing help to bridge some of the costs that might otherwise keep them from taking an internship and expanding their journalism skills in an internship. AAJA awards one or more news internship grant(s) of $1,750 to current college juniors, seniors and graduate students. The grants are for print, online, broadcast or photography interns at any-sized media outlets (though APPLICANTS interning at small- to medium-sized outlets will be given priority). Eligibility and Rules: 1. Applicants have a serious interest in pursuing journalism as a career. 2. Applicants must have already secured a summer internship before applying for the internship grant. The stipend is to be used toward living expenses and/or transportation during your internship. Accepted applicants will be required to sign a waver acknowledging this. 3. AAJA student membership is strongly encouraged for all applicants, but not required to apply. Those selected to receive grants will be required to sign up for AAJA student membership.

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences, Lone Star Chapter Student Scholarship

The Lone Star EMMY Educational Foundation proudly offers the National Academy Television Arts and Sciences, Lone Star Chapter Student Scholarship for college students pursuing a career in the television industry. Lone Star EMMY Educational Foundation will award a scholarship of up to $10,000 to qualified student chosen by our Scholarship Committee. The Foundation will annually review the amount of the scholarships. To be considered for a scholarship, a student must meet the following eligibility requirements: Student must be in good standing (not on academic probation) with a minimum 3.0 GPA in their respective major. Student must be currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning in the State of Texas at a junior level or above. Undergraduate students must have two (2) academic semesters remaining when the scholarship is awarded or be enrolled in graduate school. Student must be majoring in Radio, Television, Film; Broadcast Journalism; or related major. Student must submit at least two letters of recommendation from faculty, employers or internship supervisor. Student must submit a 3 page essay responding to these questions. Why did you select the television industry as your career choice? In what television/related activities have you participated whether in school or outside of the classroom? What is your first job preference after college and why? What is your ultimate career goal? Student must include a sample of work. Include in your essay 3-5 links to your best/most relevant work samples. Work samples should be broadcast (television) or online pieces. Applicants are encouraged to upload their work samples to sites such as You Tube, Vimeo, or their personal website. Please discuss your role in each piece on the sample (e.g. producer, editor, talent, photographer, etc.)

REUTERS FELLOWSHIP

Graduate students studying at American colleges and universities, or Americans studying abroad, who aspire to become foreign correspondents, are invited to apply. Winning an OPC Foundation scholarship or internship 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. The Foundation pays travel and living expenses for interns in foreign bureaus at such leading news organization as the Associated Press and Reuters, 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. It can be in the form of a story, news analysis or a traditional essay. Recent winners have written on such diverse topics as playing black jack on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, political activism in Morocco, and social upheaval in China. Applicants are also encouraged to submit essays showing a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic issues such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or environmental impacts. 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.

PETER J. MARINO, JR. MEMORIAL PRODUCTION 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: Production – Submit a composite of at least three examples of your work in one or more of the following areas: producing, directing, editing, lighting, graphics, or set design. (20 minutes maximum)

Barbara L. Frye Scholarship

Graduating high school seniors and college students planning to pursue a career in journalism can apply for a $2,000 award each year. An applicant must be attending or expecting to attend a Florida college or university, or be a graduate or prospective graduate of a Florida high school who is attending or expecting to attend college inside or outside of Florida. You must be a graduating high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior at the time of application. Award is granted on the basis of merit, dedication to a journalism career and demonstrated aptitude for print or broadcast journalism. An applicant's racial minority or financial need may be considered by the selection committee, but these are not prerequisites for a scholarship.

APTRA-CLETE Roberts Memorial Journalism Scholarships, The

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in Journalism. 2. Must be involved with broadcast news. 3. Must be attending a California or Nevada college or university. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.aptra.org/Scholarships/Scholarships.htm for more information and an application form.

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