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Journalism Scholarships

The major of journalism is concerned with how to access information and how to share those findings with an audience through the use of tools ranging from the written word to digital video. In other words, journalism is about communication. Securing a journalism scholarship will also rely heavily on your ability to communicate, making this pursuit an excellent training exercise for your future vocation.

Typical courses found in this major include investigative reporting, media ethics, photojournalism, copyediting, multimedia tools and writing for digital media. A healthy amount of liberal arts and humanities electives help round out your curriculum. Many programs feature an internship as a degree requirement. In a journalism internship you'll work as a junior reporter in an actual media organization. This experience should provide real-world experience and may also lead to establishing media contacts you can use in your career.

Employment prospects for this major are varied. On the one hand, the rise of the Internet has meant a decline in the popularity of traditional print media. At the same time, the increasing use of the Internet and other technological developments (smart phones, tablets) has resulted in new demands for up-to-the-minute, real-time news delivery. This has resulted in new career opportunities across a greater range of media. Obviously, job prospects will be best for those that are electronically savvy. Knowledge of topics such as web development and social media strategy may help you stand out from your peers.

When considering journalism degree programs, you'll want to closely examine the opportunities available with student media. Does the institution have a school newspaper, radio station and website? When can journalism majors begin contributing to them? Are they independently run by the student body or is there faculty supervision? 

To find out more about the world of journalism scholarships explore the links below.

Mike Reynolds Scholarship

Mike Reynolds, who died in 1988 of a brain tumor at age 45, was assignment editor and then managing editor at KCCI-TV in Des Moines, IA. Trustees of the fund to honor his memory require applicants for this award to be enrolled in journalism school and have good writing ability, excellent grades, a dedication to the news business, strong interest in pursuing a career in electronic journalism and a demonstrated need for financial assistance. Applicants should list media-related jobs held and contributions made to funding their own education. The recipient of the Mike Reynolds Journalism Scholarship will receive $1,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference. MIKE REYNOLDS JOURNALSIM SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANT CRITERIA: Must be officially enrolled in college and have at least one full academic year remaining. Must be a fully enrolled college sophomore or higher to receive scholarship. Must apply for only one scholarship. May be enrolled in any major so long as your intent is a career in electronic journalism.

The Herald's John T. Rumbach Scholarship Endowment

A designated endowment established by The Herald to provide support to the John T. Rumbach Journalism Scholarship at Vincennes University Jasper Center and the Todd Hochgesang Herald Youth Carrier Scholarship.

$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.

Mary Moy Quan Ing Memorial Scholarship

$2,000 to a graduating high school senior who is enrolling in college and pursuing a journalism career.

ISF-Dollar-a-Day Scholarship

ISF offers many joint scholarship programs with partner organization that share its common mission and vision. ISF is honored to host a joint scholarship with Dollar-A-Day Scholarship Fund. The ISF National Scholarships are open to all ISF supported majors. Description and Eligibility: ISF accepts online applications once a year starting in December for a period of three months. Each Eligible Applicant Must Be: Muslim and active member of the Muslim Community; Attending an accredited university in the U.S.; Majoring in an ISF supported field of study; Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average; A Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.; An undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing.

NAHJ/Mike and Maggie Rodriguez Scholarship

$5,000 scholarship for students pursuing a career in journalism in English or Spanish.

Carl Greenberg Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Carl Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,000). The Carl Greenberg Scholarship is for students who are pursuing a career in investigative or political reporting. 1. You must provide proof that you are enrolled or have been accepted as a journalism major at a four-year college. (If your college does not have a journalism program, you must supply a letter from a member in good standing of the Society of Professional Journalists in your geographic area, verifying that you intend to pursue a career as a professional journalist and that you show strong potential as a journalist.) Students in fields such as advertising, public relations, publicity or law are not eligible. Students completing pre-journalism programs must provide proof that they have been admitted to a journalism program. 2. You must have completed at least your sophomore year in college, and you must have at least one semester to complete in a journalism program after the awards of the scholarship. Graduate students in journalism programs are eligible. 3. You must be a resident of Los Angeles, Ventura or Orange counties or be enrolled at a university in one of those three California counties. 4. If you have received a chapter scholarship and continue to meet the eligibility requirements, you may apply to have the scholarship renewed. Renewal requests are considered along with all other scholarships applications and are given no preference. 5. You may apply for more than one scholarship, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded to any applicant. The application form allows you to check off all scholarships for which you are applying on a single page. Do not file separate application forms for each scholarship. Multiple applications will be discarded. 6. Awards are made primarily on the basis of accomplishments and potential. Financial need will be considered in making selections between otherwise equally qualified applicants.

NPPF Still and Multimedia Scholarship

NPPA members provide support for this scholarship, especially members of the NPPF Booster Club made up of NPPA life members. The scholarship is for photojournalism students concentrating on still and multimedia. Open only to undergraduate students. Applicants must: •Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. or Canada or have been accepted at a four-year institution to complete suspended studies. •Provide evidence of an aptitude for photojournalism as well as academic ability and financial need. •Provide grade point average as an indication that applicant can successfully complete college studies. Explain financial need. •Use the scholarship at the beginning of the next semester. Otherwise, it will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate candidate. •A letter of recommendation from a faculty member who knows your work is required.

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $500-$2,000 Requirements: * For California Latino students interested in journalism and attend or plan to attend a California college. * Social Security number asked for, but student may receive award without it.

Hearst Journalism Awards Program

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, was founded in 1960, to provide support, encouragement, and assistance to journalism education at the college and university level. The program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students' schools. The 54th annual program offering up to $500,000 in awards, consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions (one in radio and two in television), and four multimedia competitions - with championship finals in all divisions. Participation in the program is open to undergraduate journalism majors currently enrolled in ACEJMC - accredited domestic universities. An exception to the journalism major rule is made for students entering the photojournalism competitions. Entrants must be actively involved in campus media and must have published articles, photographs or produced newscasts or multimedia pieces that can be submitted in our writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and/or multimedia competitions. Please check the website for more information and deadline of application. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation was established by its namesake, publisher William Randolph Hearst, in 1948 under California non-profit laws, exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Since then, The Hearst Foundations have contributed more than $925 million in the areas of education, health care, social services, and the arts in every state.

Scripps Howard Foundation Scholarship

Giving on a national basis, with emphasis on areas of company operations.

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