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Media Specialist Scholarships

Here are some of the Media Specialist scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowships

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing offers fellowships of $5,000 to both professional journalists and students of outstanding ability who have been accepted for enrollment in graduate-level programs in science writing. Journalists with at least two years of mass media experience will receive preferential treatment in the selection process. Students must have undergraduate degrees in science or journalism and must convince the CASW selection committee of their ability to pursue a career in writing science for the general public. Fellows may attend school either full-time or part-time. Applicants should plan to attend a U.S. institution and should be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Science writing is here defined as writing about science, medicine, health, technology, and the environment for the general public via the mass media. Fellowships are not available to those pursuing or intending to pursue careers in public relations, public information, or technical writing. The fellowships are underwritten by a grant from the Brinson Foundation, a Chicago-based philanthropic organization devoted to supporting educational, public health and scientific research programs, and by funds derived from a special bequest to CASW from the American Tentative Society, which, for three decades, played an important role in promoting public understanding of science and the scientific process. The fellowships honor the late Rennie Taylor, a science writer for Associated Press, whose estate provided funds for the establishment of ATS, and Alton Blakeslee, former science editor of Associated Press, who served as its longtime president.

Jack and Peggy Heather Scholarship

Recipients must have been majoring in Information Networking and Telecommunications, with a Media Studies concentration, at least two semesters and have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, a 3.0 GPA in major. Transfer students studying in a comparable area are eligible under preceding criteria in their first semester.

Steve Davis Memorial Scholarship

To the outstanding undergraduate student (up to $3,000) 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 or one remaining year of graduate study for the graduate scholarship. 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)

Sheldon “Shelly” Fay Memorial Videography 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: Videography – Submit a composite of at least three different pieces that you have shot. 10 minutes maximum)

Digital Third Coast’s Digital Marketing Scholarship

Twenty years ago, if you suddenly wanted to know what the difference was between gelato and ice cream, you’d have to find an encyclopedia, a dictionary, or a wizened old Italian grandmother to fill you in. Now, we live in a world where silly sounds like Google, Yahoo and Bing are verbs, and an entirely new industry has been created to help people capitalize on the power of digital marketing. With all the changes search engine marketing (SEM) has seen in the past ten years, we can’t know for sure what it will look like in the next five or ten years. Will content marketing continue to be a focus in digital marketing? How will data from PPC and SEO campaigns inform each other’s strategy? Will local SEO become more important as people become more mobile, or will our own hometown Chicago SEO give way to a more global search engine strategy? Frankly, it’s anyone’s guess- and that’s where you come in. In a 500+ word essay, share how you think digital marketing will develop in the next five to ten years, and what you think the industry will be like when you’re out of school and working in the marketing industry. You may focus on one how one aspect of digital marketing will change, or you can address how each branch of digital marketing will grow to interact with the others. The winning essay writer will receive $500 in scholarship funds to help you achieve your goal of working in SEO, PPC, or content marketing. The scholarship is open to planning to study the fields of marketing, advertising, and/or public relations. To enter, please send your completed essay to DTCscholarship@gmail.com, along with your name, age, grade, location, college/university, and your intended major in college. You MUST include “DTC scholarship” in the subject line of the email. - See more at: http://www.digitalthirdcoast.net/blog/dtc-digital-marketing-scholarship#sthash.3J2nnXvO.dpuf

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.

Pfister Journalism Scholarship

Open to high school seniors who have been accepted into an accredited post-secondary college or university for the fall. Scholarship is open to high school 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. Submit a copy of your most recent high school 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.

NASCAR Wendell Scott Sr. Scholarship

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and NASCAR Wendell Scott, Sr. Scholars Program are proud to offer financial assistance to college freshman and sophomores who attend one of the 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) within the TMCF member-school network. The NASCAR Scholarship is open only to college Freshman or Sophomore students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selected scholars will receive a one-year merit scholarship of $4,500 for the 2015-2016 academic school year, which will be used to cover the costs of tuition and fees, on-campus room and board and required textbooks purchased from member schools. Students must meet the following minimum criteria to apply for the award: SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA All students nominated for this program must meet the following minimum criteria to qualify for a scholarship: Be enrolled as a full-time college freshman or sophomore student at one of TMCF’s 47 member-schools for the 2015-2016 academic year Major in Business, Engineering, Public Relations, Mass Media, Technology, Sports Marketing or Marketing/Management Current grade point average of 3.0 Demonstrate financial need Have demonstrated leadership ability through a variety of measures APPLICATION PROCESS The scholarship application and selection process is competitive. To apply, students must complete the following: Resume (include community service, leadership and employment/internship experience) 2015-2016 Student Aid Report (received from filing FAFSA) Most recent transcript (applicants may upload a copy of either an unofficial or official transcript) Recommendation Letter from current school faculty member (includes faculty signature) Essay: In a minimum of 500 words, please address the following questions: Wendell Scott Sr. was the first African-American driver and winner in NASCAR and broke many racial barriers. Is racism still a problem in this country today? If so, what steps can be taken to address the issue? If not, please explain your answer.

The Ed Piette Leadership Scholarship

For students who have demonstrated leadership skills in their school or community and who are planning to seek careers in broadcasting or electronic media. 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. Scholarships are 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.

NATAS-Upper Midwest Chapter Scholarship

The NATAS-Upper Midwest Chapter/Foundation offers $3,000 student scholarship grants to be used for tuition & books. We even pay the school directly so you don’t have to claim it as income for taxes! Scholarships are open to high school and 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 high school/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.

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)

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