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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.

John Bayliss Broadcast Radio Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in broadcast journalism. 2. Must be a junior senior or graduate student. 3. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.baylissfoundation.org/radio.html for more information and an application form.

H.L. STEVENSON FELLOWSHIP

Graduate 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.

NAHJ/Maria Elena Salinas Scholarship

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

NATAS Scholarships - Chicago/Midwest Chapter

The first set of scholarships is for students currently enrolled in college or graduate school: Applicants must: Be enrolled in an accredited college or university within the ADI (area of dominant influence) of the television markets within the Chicago/Midwest chapter jurisdiction OR have your primary residence (home address) within the ADI of the television markets within the Chicago/Midwest chapter jurisdiction OR be a relative of a member in good standing of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the Television Academy. The television markets that the Chicago/Midwest Chapter covers are: Chicago, IL; Peoria-Bloomington, IL; Rockford, IL; Green Bay-Appleton, WI; Madison, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Wausau-Rhinelander, WI; and South Bend-Elkhart, IN. Will attain senior level status, in a bachelor’s degree program, as of the fall term OR be enrolled in a graduate degree program in that term. Be able to demonstrate a course of study that supports the intention to pursue a career in the television industry. The 2nd set of scholarships is for current high school seniors preparing to attend post-secondary institutions and who are committed to careers in the television industry Applicants must: Have attained senior level status in high school. Be able to demonstrate a planned course of study in a college or university that supports the intention to pursue a career in the television industry. Be enrolled in a high school within the ADI (area of dominant influence) of the television markets within the Chicago/Midwest chapter jurisdiction OR have your primary residence (home address) within the ADI of the television markets within the Chicago/Midwest chapter jurisdiction OR be a relative of a member in good standing of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the Television Academy. The television markets that the Chicago/Midwest Chapter covers are: Chicago, IL; Peoria-Bloomington, IL; Rockford, IL; Green Bay-Appleton, WI; Madison, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Wausau-Rhinelander, WI; and South Bend-Elkhart, IN. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of professional potential and commitment. Applications are reviewed by a prestigious group of television professionals. They are scored based on their essay responses, and their demonstrated commitment to the television industry (via internships, school projects, etc.). Finalists are personally interviewed. The Foundation advertises its scholarships through emails and flyers to the schools in their region.

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.

APTRA-Clete Roberts/Kathryn Dettman Memorial Journalism Scholarship

Scholarship winners must exhibit enthusiasm, aptitude and a sense of commitment for a career in some aspect of broadcast news. Judges will take into consideration a combination of academic achievement, financial need and broadcast career goals that embody the spirit of Clete Roberts and Kathryn Dettman. All candidates must currently be attending a college or university in one of the 13 APTRA states and be involved in some aspect of broadcast news. To be eligible for APTRA Scholarships, applicants must be a college student currently enrolled at a college or university in one of the 13 APTRA states -- Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. (Incoming freshman and high school seniors are not eligible) Applicants should be pursuing a career in broadcast news. Students enrolled at schools outside the 13 APTRA states are not eligible. Applicants may provide links to YouTube or other sites with examples of their work. Text material may be attached to the email. For more information, contact AP west broadcast editor Chris Havlik at 602/417-2405 or chavlik@ap.org

Kenneth Sloat Langley Memorial Scriptwriting 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: Writing - Submit up to three video samples of your work accompanied by scripts. (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.

The Don Shelby Journalism Scholarship

Awarded to a student interested specifically in a broadcast or electronic news career. 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 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.

Two-Year/Community College BEA Award

Two scholarships; $1,500 each. For study at a BEA 2-year/community college, or at a BEA 4-year school by a graduate of a BEA 2-year campus. Scholarships will be awarded for full-time degree work FOR THE FULL ACADEMIC YEAR. Scholarships must be used exclusively for tuition, student fees, university bookstore course purchases, dormitory and related items eligible to be charged to a students official campus account. 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. Call 1.888.380.7222 or 202.429.3935 to find out if your campus is a member. CRITERIA FOR SELECTION: 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.

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