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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.

Kenneth and Ellen Nielsen Cooperative Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agriculture with a major in agronomy, crop science, animal nutrition, agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management, agricultural economics, agricultural journalism or international agriculture. Applicant or applicant’s parents/guardians must be members of an agricultural cooperative that is also a member of the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives.AWARD: Approximately two scholarship at $1,000 each. Not guaranteed.

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in animal nutrition, animal or food science, farm/ranch or business management, general agriculture, agricultural communications, journalism, extension, public relations, economics, international agriculture, finance, sales, marketing, engineering, mechanization, biochemistry, biological sciences, biotechnology, food packaging or technology or pulp and paper technology. Minimum 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale is required. Must be current FFA member. Applicant must exhibit strong leadership skills and have participated in community service. Some residency requirements may apply.AWARD: 80 scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

Pamela Forbes Memorial Scholarship

CRITERIA: To be used for the SENIOR year of school. In addition to the general journalism requirements, applicants must be women who are effective and active members of the staff of a campus student publication. This scholarship has been established in memory of Pamela Forbes, who was a journalism major at Ball State.GENERAL CRITERIA FOR JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIPS• To apply for any undergraduate scholarship, a student MUST be enrolled at Ball State University during Spring Semester and plan to enroll for at least one semester and take at least 12 hours per semester (or two hours of internship) while the scholarship is in effect for the academic year. In other words, recipients must be full-time students.• A student MUST have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.6/4.0 in all course work and/or outstanding media service before she/he can apply for scholarship consideration. Media service may include student publications, internships and/or other on or off-campus media work. (Some scholarships may have an additional GPA requirements.)• Applicants must submit copies of one to three samples of their published and/or academic work. Photocopies are acceptable. Study each description carefully (in every category) and apply ONLY for those scholarships for which you qualify. Students who have previously won one-year scholarships are invited to re-apply or apply for other applicable scholarships. Students must supply supplemental materials to the journalism department office no later than the set deadline date.

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Ethnic Minority Students Scholarship

Two scholarships are awarded annually to minority college students seeking a degree in religious journalism or mass communications, or pursuing a career in religious communications. Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Ethnic Minority Students Scholarship Committee, Public Media Division P.O. Box 320 Nashville, TN 37202 (800) 476-7766 www.umc.org/nymo/scholar.html

RTNDF Broadcast News Management Fellowships

The Radio and Television News Directors Foundation Broadcast News Management Fellowship sends journalist of color to leadership and management training programs for news professionals. The RTNDF fellowship program allows senior broadcast news and mid-career professionals of color to develop or strengthen their management skills. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by a supervisor. Each candidate must submit an application form and a letter of recommendation from his or her supervisor. Candidates also are urged to work with the supervisor to determine what skills and training they need to advance. Fellowship winners will attend workshops on such topics as developing management competence, leadership and communication skills.

The George Foreman Tribute to Lyndon B. Johnson Scholarship

George Foreman, television commentator and former heavyweight champion, created this $6,000 annual scholarship to honor Lyndon B. Johnson. It was developed for a broadcast journalism student at the University of Texas-Austin.

NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Collegiate Scholarship

The $3,500 scholarship funded directly by our NATAS chapter members is offered to students who attend school anywhere in the membership area of our organization which includes Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Bowling Green, Toledo, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania; Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Bloomington, Lafayette, and Muncie, Indiana. Students must be attending college in our region to qualify. This scholarship goes to a student who will be a college junior or senior in the next academic year and who intends to pursue a career in television or television related field.

Armenian Professional Society of the Bay Area

Criteria: 1. Must be a junior or higher. 2. Must have at least a 3.2 GPA. 3. Must have substantial involvement in Armenian affairs. 4. Must be interested in Armenian studies, music, fine arts, literature, cinematography, journalism, and teaching. Contact Information: Students in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.sfbay-aps.org/ for more information and an application form.

National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, an interest in a career in a dairy-related discipline, plus demonstrated leadership, initiative and integrity. Candidates are expected to complete an application form, submit a transcript of all college courses, and write a short statement describing their career aspirations, dairy-related activities and work experiences. The application information is evaluated by the NDB scholarship committee composed of an external review panel and at least two board members. The recommendations of the scholarship committee are summarized by NDB staff and the scholarships are then awarded. The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDPRB) through Dairy Management, Inc.(DMI) annually awards up to 20 $1,500 scholarships to eligible undergraduate students (sophomore through senior) enrolled in college/university programs that emphasize dairy.Majors include: communications/public relations, journalism, marketing, business, economics, nutrition, food science, and Ag education. Scholarships are awarded based on outstanding academic achievement, an interest in a career in a dairy-related discipline, and demonstrated leadership, initiative and integrity.Candidates are expected to complete an application form, submit a transcript of all college courses, and write a short statement describing their career aspirations, dairy-related activities and work experiences.

Bill Hunsberger Scholarship Fund

William W. Hunsberger, publisher of The Clarion-Ledger newspaper and a board member of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, died of a heart attack in 2004. In his honor, his family and friends established the Bill Hunsberger Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students studying the programs at the universities attended by his three daughters. The award rotates annually among a journalism major at the University of Southern Mississippi, a journalism major at the University of Mississippi, and a political science major involved with student media at Mississippi State University. Applicants must be full-time, female students entering their junior or senior years of study.

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