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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.

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)

ISF-Ehsan Center Scholarship

ISF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing joint scholarships. ISF is honored to host the ISF-Ehsan Center scholarship of the Ehsan Center. The ISF-Ehsan Scholarship is only open to members and individuals affiliated with this center. 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.

Allison Fisher Non-Sustaining Scholarship

Competition for the $2,500 scholarship is open to any African American student who is currently attending an accredited four-year university. Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student that: * Maintains a minimum GPA of 2.5 * Majors in broadcast journalism

Bill King College Scholarship

The Oakland Athletics Community Fund will award one scholarship to an undergraduate student that is majoring in journalism or broadcasting. This $3,000 scholarship is intended for qualified tuition or required expenses such as fees, books, supplies and equipment for courses of instruction at a qualified educational institution. The recipient will possibly receive the opportunity to intern with the A's Broadcasting Department.This scholarship has been established in memory of Bill King, long-time legendary Bay Area Sports Announcer. The purpose of this scholarship is to support a student who plans to pursue a career in journalism or broadcasting.Student applicants must meet the following criteria: * Be a full-time student in your sophomore, junior, or senior year at a college or university in the San Francisco Bay Area. * Prove financial need, as evidenced by expenses and offset by other scholarships, loans, grants and other sources of supplemental aid. * Possess a minimum grade point average of 3.0. * Show a demonstrated strong interest in pursuing a career in broadcasting or journalism.

Bertha and Byron L. Reppert Scholarship Fund

The Bertha and Byron L. Reppert Scholarship was established in 2001 in memory of their mother and to honor Byron L. Reppert’s then 80th Birthday by his four daughters and their extended families. The scholarship is to encourage and recognize two senior students (one Girl and one Boy) from the Mechanicsburg Area School Districtwho demonstrate good citizenship and actively exhibit an interest in political science, history, horticulture or journalism. This scholarship is an endowment fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.Selection criteriaScholarship applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:1. Applicant must have an interest in political science or horticulture (i.e. participation in student council or local government, or in horticultural activities such as 4-H, local garden clubs, etc.)2. Applicant must be in the top one-third of their graduating class3. Applicant must be accepted to an accredited college or university4. Applicant must demonstrate good citizenship within the school and local community5. Applicant must complete an essay explaining how they meet the above mentioned criteria, one page, 12 pt font, double spaced6. Applicant with financial need is given consideration

Larry Whiteside Scholarship

Number of Awards Available: 1 Amount of the Award: $2,500 * Winner will receive a free trip to the 2014 NABJ Convention & Career Fair in Boston, MA. Registration, lodging, a round-trip flight and a meals stipend will be provided. He/She will be acknowledged during the Sports Task Force events and required to write a post-convention account of the experience.* Student Type: Undergraduate or Graduate Larry Whiteside, a pioneer in the field of sports journalism, was the first African-American beat sports writer for The Boston Globe. His achievements earned him many prestigious honors including induction into NABJ’s 2009 Hall of Fame (posthumous); NABJ’s 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award; induction into the 2008 National Baseball Hall of Fame (posthumous); and the 2008 J. G. Taylor Spink Award posthumously given by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Mr. Whiteside passed away in 2007 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. NABJ’s Sports Task Force established this scholarship in Mr. Whiteside’s honor to provide financial assistance to journalism students interested in sport journalism. Specific Application Requirements: Must major in journalism with an interest in pursuing a career in sports journalism Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with at least one year left in school. G.P.A. requirement: 2.5 or higher in journalism major and at least a 2.0 cumulative Essay topic: "Write a profile essay on a sports journalist (alive or deceased) you admire and explain why this person has inspired you to pursue a career in sports journalism." (1,000 - 2,000 words) General Application Requirements: Resume Cover Letter Official College Transcript Five (5) Work Samples Three (3) References

Chester Burger Scholarship for Excellence in Public Relations

Award: $1,000 This scholarship was created to encourage graduate public relations students to pursue careers in corporate public relations, with the goal of making the public relations function more essential to the successful achievement of corporate goals consistent with the public interest, the precepts of sound business and the needs of key stakeholders. This scholarship is made possible by the PRSA Foundation; the Arthur W. Page Society; the Institute for Public Relations; and individual donors. Eligibility Candidates must be enrolled or continuing in a graduate studies degree program in public relations, journalism or related fields, effective fall. Candidates must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4. Candidates do not have to be a PRSSA member to apply. The award may be used at any U.S. college or university offering a graduate program in public relations or related field. Entries will be judged by a committee of three senior public relations professionals, each of whom will represent one of the three founding organizations for this award. Application To apply for this award, you must submit the following materials: A completed application form (Word or PDF) An essay of up to 1,000 words (as explained in the application) Letter of recommendation of no more than two pages from a faculty member or PRSSA Faculty or Professional Adviser One additional letter of recommendation of no more than two pages from an internship employer, educator or other individual who knows the applicant and can address his or her potential as a public relations counselor to management One-page résumé

STAN SWINTON 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.

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)

Louis A. Duino Scholarship Endowment

College/Department: Applied Sciences & Arts - Journalism & Mass Communications Applicants must be junior or senior students, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their major field of study, and demonstrate financial need.

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