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Journalism And Communications Scholarships

The Agnes Cooke Scholarship


The Virginia Press Women Foundation and Virginia Professional Communicators is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving Virginia college student or to Virginia college resident attending an out-of-state college who is interested in pursuing a career in communications, journalism, photojournalism or public relations. Applicants must complete this scholarship form as well as submit:

  • 3 samples of work
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation

Applicants are to send completed applications to:

Melodie Martin
8203 Bronwood Road
Richmond VA 23229

Deadline:  February 28, 2019

Carole Simpson Scholarship


Carole Simpson is a former member of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation Board of Trustees. She established the Carole Simpson Scholarship to encourage and help minority students overcome hurdles along their career path. Carole Simpson Scholarship winners are working as reporters, producers and anchors in television and radio stations across the country.

Deadline: See website

Chips Quinn Scholars Program


Scholars are accepted into the program by nomination from journalism faculty and campus media advisers, editors of newspapers or leaders of minority journalism associations. Students also may apply directly to the program, with letters of endorsement from editors or educators. College juniors, seniors or graduates with journalism majors or career goals in newspapers are eligible.

This program encourages diversity in journalism and offers training, mentoring, paid internships and cash awards to college students or recent graduates who are pursuing careers in the media.

Applicants must be college juniors, seniors or recent graduates (sophomore may apply – but first consideration will be given to upper-classmen) committed to pursuing a career in journalism. Applicants must also be able to attend the nine-day, all-expenses-paid training in Nashville, Tenn. Transportation will not be provided.

Deadline: See website

The Critical Language Scholarship Program


The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Languages offered/taught:

Emma Bowen Foundation Program


The Emma L. Bowen Foundation was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry. The Foundation's program is unlike traditional intern programs in that students work for partner companies during summers and school breaks from the summer following their senior year in high school until they graduate from college. During the four-year program, students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the option of full-time employment upon completion of their college degrees.

Students earn an hourly salary and matching funds for college expenses. Academic excellence is also a key component of the program–students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average to remain in good standing. The Foundation staff works closely with corporate partners to monitor each student's academic and work progress. An annual summer conference, a mentoring program and a technical program are also provided to further enhance the student's knowledge and experience. Resource guides for both students and corporate supervisors are provided to maximize the student's experience while in the program.60-70 new students join the program each year.

Deadline: See website

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communication Scholarship


The Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship was created to honor Arab American students who excel in Media Studies. To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  • Be undergraduate juniors, seniors or graduate students
  • Be attending college in the coming academic year
  • Be majoring in journalism, radio, television, and/or film
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA and be a U.S. citizen of Arab heritage

Deadline: See website

JoAnne Robinson Memorial Scholarship

WEWS NewsChannel 5 is now accepting application materials for the JoAnne Robinson Memorial Scholarship established in 1999 to honor the memory of Executive Producer JoAnne Robinson. The scholarship is open to African-American college students who aspire to become broadcast journalists. There is no application for this scholarship. Application procedures and all items required for consideration are listed here.

Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2019

Investigative Reporters and Editors Fellowships and Scholarships


College students at several historically black colleges and universities can apply to attend IRE's annual investigative reporting conferences and to receive training.

Deadline: See website

Knudson Churchill Scholarship


The Knudson Churchill Scholarship is designed to promote and support education in the fields of print journalism or automotive technology. Endowed by the New England MG 'T' Register, the program will present the best applicant with a monetary award to an accredited, post-secondary school of winner's choice in order to study in one of these two areas.

This opportunity is available to any student who:

  • Demonstrates an interest and potential to succeed in the field of print journalism or automotive technology
  • Qualifies for admission as a student on the post-secondary level of education and elects to pursue post-secondary education in one of these two fields
  • Demonstrates superior quality of previous scholastic or practical endeavors
  • Is at least 17 years of age

Deadline: See website

The LaGrant Foundation


Scholarship recipients will receive a trip to Atlanta where they will participate in career building activities including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, two daylong career and professional development workshops and a scholarship and donor recognition reception.

Undergraduate (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors ONLY!) applicants meeting the following criteria and completing the application will be considered for The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) scholarship in the amount of $2,500:

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a member of one of the following ethnic groups: African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino or Native American/Alaska Native
  • Must be a full-time student at a four-year, accredited institution within the U.S., carrying a total of 12 units or more per semester/quarter
  • *Must have a minimum of 2.75 GPA
  • MUST major in a field of study that has an emphasis on advertising, marketing or public relations
  • Must have AT LEAST ONE YEAR to complete his/her degree from the time the scholarships are awarded in May 2018
  • ​Recipients who attend a college/university east of Chicago MUST be available Saturday, May 19, 2018 through Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Recipients who attend a college/university west of Chicago MUST be available Saturday June 2, 2018 through Tuesday, June 5, 2018. If chosen, the applicant MUST attend TLF's scholarship activities to receive the scholarship. The applicant must make a one-year commitment to maintain contact with TLF to receive professional guidance and academic support

Before uploading and submitting your application online, all application documents must be combined and saved into one PDF!

Deadline: February 28, 2019 5:00 pm PST. Scholarship applications that are complete and submitted by January 19th, 2019 11:59 pm PST will be eligible for an extra 10 points. If your application is submitted after February 28, 2019, it WILL NOT be considered.

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students

http://www.collegexpress.com/scholarships/leonard-m-perryman- communications-scholarship-for-ethnic-minority-students/7100/

The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students awards a $2,500 scholarship for undergraduate study of religion journalism or mass communications. It recognizes of the work of Leonard M. Perryman, a journalist for the United Methodist Church for nearly 30 years.

The scholarship assists a United Methodist undergraduate who intends to pursue a career in religion journalism through study at an accredited U.S. college or university.

The Perryman Scholarship promotes excellence by helping students continue their studies in communication, including electronic and print journalism. One scholarship will be awarded to the best overall candidate.

Deadline: March 15 annually

The Martin Agency


Project Yellow Light is offering an online film competition and scholarship to fulltime, undergraduate college students and high school seniors. It is a national competition, partnering with the Advertising Council, Mazda, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and NOYS.

The participants are asked to create short videos, 25 or 55 seconds in length, that features the importance of avoiding distracted driving. No entry will be accepted with footage of a person ACTUALLY texting while driving!

Our mission is to prevent car crashes – the number one killer of teens and young adults in the U.S. And we are turning the message over to the youth themselves to make the change.

The first prize is $5,000; 2nd is $2,000 and 3rd is $1,000. The winning video will be turned into a PSA by the Ad Council and distributed to TV stations and media outlets throughout the U.S. The top two winners will also earn the opportunity to attend a one-day survival skills class at the Skip Barber Racing School.

Deadline: April 1 annually

Merv Aubespin Scholarship


The Aubespin Scholarship is one of the awards given away each year by the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). Named after Merv Aubespin, a past chairman of the ACES Human Resources Committee and president of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Aubespin Scholarship offers aspiring copy editors the chance to afford a college education.

Students who apply for the award will also be entered to win one of four second place $1,000 awards.

Eligibility: Applicants must be college juniors, seniors or graduate school students in the coming fall OR must be graduating students taking on a full-time copy editing job or internship in the coming fall.

Deadline: See website

Mike Reynolds Journalism 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.

Deadline: See website

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Scholarships




Scholarships are granted for use by undergraduate students enrolled in 9 units or more and graduate students enrolled in 6 units or more at two- or four-year colleges or universities. Student must be a resident of the Pacific Southwest Chapter Area (San Diego, Las Vegas, Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria or Palm Springs) at the time of application. Students should intend to pursue a career in telecommunications and related fields. Although we are looking for students who are good scholars, evidence of creative achievement and demonstration of financial need is even more important.

Deadline: See websites

National Association of Black Journalists Scholarship Programs


Annually, NABJ awards scholarships of more than $30, 000 to deserving students interested in pursuing a career in journalism awards. Scholarships are worth up to $2,500. Scholarships are open to any foreign or American born students, currently enrolled full-time at an accredited college/university in the U.S.

To be considered and to receive a scholarship, all applicants must be current members of NABJ. The requirements make up one complete packet for this program. Students who want to apply for the program must submit four complete packets to the national office. This includes students looking for the broadest internship.

Deadline for all scholarships: See website

Outstanding Achievement in Student Production Contest & Betty Endicott Scholarship Award


The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) is now seeking entries for this year's Outstanding Achievement in Student Production contest. The process for submitting entries is completely online.

They are also seeking applications for our annual Betty Endicott Scholarship Awards. All full-time undergraduate students are encourage to apply for this $1,000-$5,000 scholarship named in honor of the first female news director in Washington, D.C.

Deadline for BOTH: See website

Overseas Press Club Foundation


The Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students studying at American colleges and universities, or Americans studying abroad, who aspire to become foreign correspondents. The program began in 1992 and every year offers $2,000 scholarships to 12 talented student winners of a national essay competition.

Deadline: See website

Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarships


Journalism and communications majors at the graduate and undergraduate level who are of Greek American heritage may apply for annual scholarships given in the amount of $5,000 in memory of Peter Agris, the late founder and publisher of The Hellenic Chronicle. The non-renewable grants have been offered by the Alpha Omega Council of New England and the Agris family for the last two decades.

Criteria for candidates includes: Greek American heritage; U.S. citizenship; current full-time enrollment as a journalism or related communications major at the graduate or undergraduate level in an accredited college or university in the United States; active participation in school, community, church organizations; minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need.

Candidates may visit the scholarships' website on Facebook ~ The Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarships ~ and download an application on the Alpha Omega Council's website at www.alphaomegacouncil.com.

The following items must be returned by email to nancyasavage@gmail.com or by mail to The Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarships Committee, c/o Nancy Agris Savage, 9 Nonesuch Drive, Natick, MA 01760: 1) completed application; 2) current transcript; 3) required essay and 4) copies of any published articles or other professional materials that would enhance the application.

Questions may be directed to nancyasavage@gmail.com.

Deadline: See website

Public Relations Student Society of America Scholarships


The $2,400 scholarship check will be payable to the PRSSA member winner’s university for use on his or her behalf, and can only be used to directly fund the winner’s educational pursuits. Applicants will be notified in early April.

For this award, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be pursuing a higher education in the public relations field
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a PRSSA member

Deadline: See website

Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship


The Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship was established in 2007 by Wilson's friends and colleagues. The scholarship is granted to an undergraduate or graduate journalism student enrolled in a Bay area school who shares Wilson's commitment to ethical, responsible journalism. The Pete Wilson Scholarship is open to graduates and will alternate each year between undergraduates and graduate applicants. The recipient of the Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship will receive $2,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.

Deadline: See website

RTNDA Ed Bradley Broadcast Journalism Scholarship


A $10,000 award established by the late CBS News and 60 Minutes Correspondent Ed Bradley. Applicant must be a fully enrolled college sophomore or higher (preference given to an undergraduate student of color). Career goal must be electronic journalism. Applications must be postmarked on or before deadline.

Deadline: See website

RTNDA Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship


Lou Prato was RTDNA treasurer from 1981 to 2001 and served as secretary of RTDNF's Board of Trustees until 2006. Prato's friends and colleagues have endowed an RTDNF scholarship in honor of Lou and his wife, Carole. The scholarship will provide a $1,000 tuition grant to a deserving student who is planning a career as a sports reporter in television or radio. Applicants should have strong writing skills.

Deadline: See website

RTNDA President's Scholarship


Two $1,000 awards given in honor of former RTDNA Presidents Theodore Koop, Bruce Dennis, James McCulla, John Salisbury, Bruce Palmer, Dick Cheverton, Jim Byron, Ben Chatfield and John Hogan.

  • 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.

Deadline: See website

The Sacramento Press Club's Journalism Scholarships


Since 1974, the Sacramento Press Club has offered scholarships to students who are preparing for a journalism career. In 2014, the organization awarded seven scholarships totaling $34,000, which continues to be among the largest journalism awards in Northern California.

Deadline: See website in late fall

Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association (VCTA) Future Leaders Scholarship Program


The Virginia's Future Leaders Scholarship Program is a statewide education initiative of the Virginia broadband industry and the Donald A. Perry Foundation. For 16 years, the program has recognized and awarded scholarships to outstanding Virginia students.

Deadline: See website