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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.

AWC Student Scholarships

Every year AWC Seattle Professional Chapter awards scholarships to outstanding communications students attending Washington state colleges. Eligible students must meet the following qualifications: • Be a Washington state resident • Be a registered student at a four-year college in Washington state for Fall school year • Be a junior, senior or graduate student as of Fall school year • Be accepted in, or applying to, a school at a four-year university or college to major in at least one of the following communications disciplines: o Advertising o Communications o Film o Graphic design o Journalism (print and broadcast) o Marketing o Multimedia design o Photography o Public relations o Speech communications o Technical communication o Television and radio production Scholarship selections are based on: • Demonstrated excellence in communications • Positive contributions toward communications on campus, in the community • Scholastic achievement • Financial need • Work samples

Tony Turner Memorial Broadcast Scholarship Fund

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

Miss Nancy Besst Graduate Memorial Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Scholarship applicants: • must be actively engaged in a graduate-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; • be enrolled in a television graduate program; • have at least one remaining year of graduate study for the graduate scholarship. 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)

Steve Davis Memorial Scholarship

To the outstanding undergraduate student (up to $3,000) 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 or one remaining year of graduate study for the graduate scholarship. 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)

Jerry Jensen Memorial Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Scholarship applicants: • must be actively engaged in a graduate-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; • be enrolled in a television graduate program; • have at least one one remaining year of graduate study for the graduate scholarship. Entrants may receive only one scholarship per year. Scholarship recipients are not eligible for a second scholarship in the year following their award.

DAVID R. SCHWEISBERG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Graduate and undergraduate 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.

Harold E. Fellows 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.

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)

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.

MAPCCS Scholarships

Since 1983, MAPCCS members have granted in excess of $3,000,000 in scholarship assistance to high school seniors interested in attending private colleges and career schools. Scholarship recipients are selected based upon their scholastic achievements, community involvement, extra curricular participation and recommendations from teachers, counselors or administrators. Applications are available through high school guidance offices, the MAPCCS office or the admissions/financial aid office of each participating member institution. Check the website for list of participating schools.

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