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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.

Alexia Foundation - First Place Award

A full-tuition scholarship (about $15,300) to study photojournalism in London in the fall semester through Syracuse University Abroad; a grant of $1,000 for completing the proposed picture story. An additional $500 will be awarded to the sponsoring academic department.Eligibility:Applicants must be duly enrolled full-time students in an accredited college or university in the U.S. or abroad in a degree program at the time of application. Graduate and undergraduate students are eligible. No student who has completed more than three internships or a year of full time professional experience is eligible.Please check the website for more information.

Ruth M. Byers Scholarship Fund

College/Department: Applied Sciences & Arts - Journalism & Mass Communications For the student designated by the faculty of the Department of Journalism as the outstanding feature writer in the department.

The Bonfire Foundation - Scholarship

Giving to provide financial and motivational support to youth, helping them realize that they can raise the quality of their lives and the lives of those around them. The foundation will also provide educational grants to students enthusiastic to be collegiate team members but who are in need of financial assistance to achieve their dreams. See foundation web site for downloadable application form. Application form required. Board meeting date(s): Annually in June Deadline(s): June 1

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.

Newhouse Scholarship Program

Since 1994, Newhouse Newspapers has sponsored a scholarship program for print journalism students, administered by AAJA. While the scholarship program is open to all students, AAJA especially encourages students from historically underrepresented Asian Pacific American groups to apply, including Southeast Asian, South Asian, Korean, Filipino, and Pacific Islander. One four-year sustaining scholarship of $3,000 will be awarded to a graduating high school senior who declares journalism as his or her major. Students are generally selected based on the following criteria: - commitment to the field of journalism - sensitivity to Asian American issues as demonstrated by community involvement - journalistic ability - scholastic ability - financial need

Lou & Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship

Louis F. Prato has dedicated more than 30 years to RTDNA and RTDNF. Lou served as secretary of the RTDNF Board of Trustees, and for more than 20 years he was treasurer of the RTDNA Board of Directors. Lou has worked as a news director, a journalism professor, a consultant, and Director of the Penn State All Sports Museum. Lou and his wife Carole live near his alma mater, Penn State University. He is the author of The Penn State Football Encyclopedia. In recognition of his service to RTDNA and RTDNF, and his commitment to excellence in journalism, the $1000 Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship was established in 2001. It is awarded to a journalism student who brings Lou's journalism values to covering sports. 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.

Mary A. Gardner Scholarship

The award, established by Dr. Gardner’s former students, goes to an outstanding college journalism student who is an incoming college junior or senior.

Sam Smith News-Editorial Scholarship

CRITERIA: Recipient of this one-year scholarship must be an undergraduate news-editorial major who has completed the pre-journalism program and has a serious commitment to newspaper journalism.

The Ed Bradley Scholarship

Ed Bradley, 60 Minutes correspondent at CBS News, was once a teacher and made a switch to journalism. Bradley spoke of introducing deserving minority students to the communications career field and endowed this $10,000 annual award under the banner of RTNDF.

Chaney-Black Digital Media Scholarship

CRITERIA: This one-year scholarship is given to a journalism student going into his/her junior or senior year who demonstrates financial need and a desire to pursue a career related to digital media. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.8.

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