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General Journalism Scholarships and Fellowships

This page contains a list of financial aid offered by organizations and foundations for the study of journalism/mass communication. For complete details, contact the person listed for each respective program or visit their Web site by clicking on the link provided.

Bernard Kilgore Memorial Scholarship. This $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior who attends a high school in New Jersey and will enroll as a freshman journalism major at any U.S. college. The student will be named the New Jersey High School Journalist of the Year and will be nominated for the National High School Journalist of the Year sponsored by the Journalism Education Association. The Kilgore scholarship is awarded by the New Jersey Newspaper Association and the N.J. High School Journalist of the Year is awarded by the Garden State Scholastic Press Association. Apply by February 15. Application form is available online at:; and; for information, contact Tom Engleman at

Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism. The Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families, a nonprofit program of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, honors distinguished coverage of children and families. First-place winners in 14 categories receive $1,000 and are honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Award categories include newspapers, magazines, television, radio, online and photojournalism. Work must be published or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31. Entries must be received by March 1. Rules and entry form can be downloaded at:; Tel: 301-699-5133. E-mail:;

College Columnists Scholarship Contest. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation seeks entries for its columnist contest. The foundation will award scholarships to two outstanding student newspaper columnists who write for U.S. college or university undergraduate newspapers. First prize is $1,000. Second prize is $500. Deadline for entering the contest is March 1. One entry for each columnist is permitted, with an entry consisting of three published columns from March through February of the previous year. Entry forms are available for download at; For more information contact NSNC Education Chairman Russell Frank by e-mail at: or by phone at 814-863-6415.

College Photographer of the Year. Annual competition for undergraduate or graduate student photographers. Students having worked two years or more as full-time professional publications photographers (internships included) are not eligible. Pictures must have been taken or initially published between Sept. 1 and Aug. 31 the year prior to application. Application deadline is Oct. 1. Contact: Catherine Mohesky, University of Missouri, School of Journalism/Photojournalism, 105 Lee Hills Hall, Columbia, MO 65211;;; E-mail:; Tel: 573-882-4882/4442; Fax: 573-884-4999.

Copley Newspapers Journalism Scholarships. For further information contact: Terry Gilbert, Copley Newspapers Journalism Scholarships, P.O. Box 1530, LaJolla, CA 92038; Tel: 858-454-0411. Designated colleges and universities will select recipients. California: California State University at San Marcus (for women as single parents), Grossmont College, Mira Costa College, Palomar College, San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, El Camino College and California State University at Long Beach. Illinois: Bradley University, University of Illinois, Agricultural Communications; Southern Illinois University, Agricultural Journalism; Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, University of Illinois Journalism Department and Eastern Illinois University. Elsewhere: University of Missouri Journalism School, Inter-American Press Association.

David S. Barr Award. The Newspaper Guild-CWA offers the David S. Barr Award for student journalists in high school and college. The David S. Barr Award recognizes one high school and one college student for journalist achievement and strives to encourage young journalists to focus on issues of social justice. Open to all high school students and to all part-time or full-time college students, including community college and graduate students. $500 awarded to the high school student winner; $1,500 awarded to the college student winner. Only one entry per contestant. All entries must be of work published or broadcast between Jan.1 and Dec. 31 of year prior to entry deadline, that helped right a wrong, correct an injustice, or promote justice and fairness. Entries must be received by Jan. 26. Winner announced at Gala Banquet in May. Send at least one original copy of entry and three photocopies with signed applications attached to each photocopy, and brief summary of work submitted, to: David S. Barr Award, The Newspaper Guild-CWA, 501 Third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.; 20001-2797;; Tel: 202-434-7177.

DJNF Summer Journalism Workshops for High School Students.
Co-sponsored by the Newspaper Fund and local newspapers and journalism organizations, these summer workshops provide hands-on experience in reporting, writing and producing a laboratory newspaper. During the summer of 2007, workshops will be held in the following cities: Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Tucson, Ariz.; Fresno, Calif.; San Diego, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; San Jose, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Coral Gables, Fla.; North Miami, Fla.; Charleston, Ill.; Bowling Green, Ky.; Lexington, Ky; Boston, Mass.; University, Miss.; Columbia, Mo.; West Long Branch, N.J.; New York City; Kent, Ohio; Norman, Okla.; Philadelphia, Pa; University Park, Pa.; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; El Paso, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Richmond, Va.; Seattle, Wash.; and Milwaukee, Wis. Participants are also eligible for the Summer Workshops Writing Competition Scholarships offered by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. For information, contact: Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, P.O. Box 300, Princeton, NJ 08543-0300;
; E-mail:; Tel: 609-452-2820; Fax: 609-520-5804.

Ernest Hemingway Awards. National scholarship competition sponsored by The Kansas City Star, for high school students for their freshman year. Selection will be based on two of the applicants� writing samples that appeared in their school publications the prior calendar year. One scholarship will be awarded in each of four areas: feature writing, news writing (emphasis on breaking news or the presentation of new information), sports writing and commentary (includes editorials and signed columns). Annual application deadline is Jan. 15. For additional information, write to: Lisa Lopez, Hemingway Awards, The Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108;; or; E-mail:; Tel: 816-234-4907.

Fred Russell-Grantland Rice Sportswriting Scholarship. Competition open to all graduating high school students ready to enter college who show promise in sports writing. The scholarship provides $10,000 annually for four years at Vanderbilt University. Deadline is Jan. 4. Applications available by writing: Fred Russell-Grantland Rice Sportswriting Scholarship, Vanderbilt University, Attn: Scholarship Coordinator, Undergraduate Admissions, 2305 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203-1727; E-mail:; Tel: 615-322-2561; Fax: 615-343-7765.

Fund for Investigative Journalism. (See listing under Continuing Education.)

Greater Buffalo International Chapter, SPJ Journalism Scholarships. Applicants must live or attend college in the chapter membership area of western New York, northwestern Pennsylvania or southeastern Ontario and must be either a working journalist or a college junior, senior or graduate journalism student attending an accredited college or university offering recognized journalism or communications education. Awards will be based on scholarship, character, financial need, professional aptitude, experience (for students this may be an internship at a newspaper, radio or television station, or as a staff member of a college newspaper, radio or television station). One or more scholarships valued up to $2,500 depending on need. Application deadline is May 1. For information write: John C. Connolly, 160 Schimwood Court, Getzville, NY 14068.

Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Open to journalism majors, this program is designed to encourage excellence in journalism education through monthly contests in writing, photojournalism and broadcast news for undergraduates at accredited schools of journalism. Scholarships, matching grants and stipends, ranging from $500 to $5,000, are awarded to schools. Students must be actively involved in campus media and have published articles, photographs or have produced newscasts that can be submitted in the contests. Entries must be selected and submitted by administrators of participating schools. Students may not enter on their own. Contact your journalism department chair. For list of participating colleges and universities, write to: Jan C. Watten, program director, Journalism Awards Program, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, 90 New Montgomery St., Suite 1212, San Francisco, CA 94105-4504;; Tel: 415-543-4057/6033 or 800-841-7048; E-mail:; Fax: 415-243-0760.

Journalism Education Association Sister Rita Jeanne National High School Journalist of the Year Scholarships. Scholarship winners are selected from the students nominated through state Journalist of the Year competitions. First place scholarship $5,000; $2,000 scholarships to four runners-up. Students should send their portfolios to JEA state directors by Feb. 15. State directors should send the portfolios of their winners by March 15 to: JEA National Headquarters, Kansas State University, 103 Kedzie Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506-1501;; E-mail: For an application and list of state directors, call 785-532-5532; Fax: 785-532-5563.

Mary A. Gardner News-Editorial Scholarship. Offered by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. A $300 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time incoming junior or senior at a college news-editorial program. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and an interest in pursuing a reporting/editing career. Applicants should send a statement of qualifications and career objectives, a brief autobiography (not a r�sum�), a letter of endorsement from a professor, two letters from the work environment and clippings or other evidence of accomplishment. Criteria is mailed out in January. Application deadline is April 1. For information, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: AEJMC, 234 Outlet Pointe Blvd., Suite A, Columbia, SC 29210;; E-mail:; Tel: 803-798-0271; Fax: 803-772-3509.

Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Fellowships for Editing Program. Eight full fellowships to attend the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education's program for copy editors are available to journalists from small and medium size newspapers. The Editing Program runs from May 21 to July 1 at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. The program director is Addie Rimmer, a 1980 Editing Program graduate and a longtime newspaper editor who teaches at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. The fellowships cover tuition, room and group meals during the six-week program and include a travel stipend. The fellowships are underwritten by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The six-week program immerses participants in everything from the basics of headline writing, grammar, page design and story organization to developing news judgment and the interpersonal skills that enable editors to work successfully with reporters and other editors. The curriculum includes classroom work, daily skills-building drills, evening seminars and practical experience at the local newspaper. Faculty members include top academics, veteran editors and experts in converging media. The program is ideal for copy editors who want more training, reporters who want to move to the copy desk, journalists who work on web sites, and design and graphics editors who want copy editing training. Since 1979, the Maynard Institute's Editing Program has trained journalists of color to become copy editors and Web site editors, helped assignment editors improve their copy-editing skills, and prepared news professionals for supervisory roles. The Editing Program produces effective newsroom leaders of all races who can promote teamwork, introduce and manage change, and improve the quality of journalism. Nearly 90 percent of Editing Program graduates still work in the profession and most credit the program with giving them the tools they needed to succeed. Fellowship applications are invited from journalists who work at newspapers with circulations of 50,000 and below. Journalists from papers of all sizes are welcome to apply to the program. Like all Maynard programs, the Editing Program is open to people of all races, though the emphasis is on training people of color. For more information, please go to the institute's web site, or contact institute director of programs Evelyn Hsu at 703-620-1567 or at

Merv Aubespin Scholarship. Offered by the American Copy Editors Society, this $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a junior, senior or graduate student who has potential to become a professional copy editor. Students who are not chosen as an Aubespin scholar are automatically eligible for ACES' other scholarships, at $1,000 each. Applications are available at; Application deadline is Oct. 15. Send application materials to Kathy Schenck, ACES Scholarships, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 333 W. State St., Milwaukee, Wis. 53203.

National Press Photographers Foundation Scholarships. Eight $1,000 scholarships are awarded by the education foundation of NPPF. Applicants must be students enrolled in recognized United States or Canadian four-year college programs, provide evidence of photographic aptitude and potential, academic ability and financial need. A portfolio is required for each scholarship. (High school students will not be considered.) A number 10 self addressed stamped envelope is required to receive the scholarship list. Deadline for all scholarships is March 1. For an application form and qualifications for each scholarship, write: NPPF, Inc., 3200 Croasdaile Drive, Suite 306, Durham, NC 27713;; E-mail:; Tel: 919-383-7246; Fax: 919-383-7261.

New England Press Association Scholarship. A $1,000 scholarship to a student majoring in a journalism-related field attending a school with an accredited journalism program in one of the following states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Four additional $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students enrolled at Northeastern University, Boston. Application deadline is Dec 7. For information, write to: Brenda Reed, New England Press Association, 360 Huntington Ave., 428-CP, Boston, MA 02115;; E-mail:; Tel: 617-373-5610; Fax: 617-373-5615.

The Oregonian Summer Internship Program. Twelve of the best junior, senior and graduate student journalists are recruited nationally to report, photograph, copy edit, design pages and create graphics for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer. Previous internship experience required. Internship pays approximately $622 per week. Applications will be accepted between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1. Internships take place the following summer. To apply, send a cover letter, r�sum�, three references, a 500-word autobiographical essay and six to eight samples of your work, to: George Rede, recruitment director, 1320 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR 97201; E-mail:; Tel: 503-221-8039.

Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship. $2,000 grants awarded annually to undergraduate or graduate journalism students. Applicants must send an essay of not more than 500 words describing an area of the world outside the United States or an international topic the applicant believes deserves more and better media coverage, and a one-page cover letter describing the applicant�s background, education, and involvement in international affairs. Application deadline is in early December. For information, write to: William J. Holstein, President, Overseas Press Club Foundation, 40 W. 45th St., New York, NY 10036;; E-mail:; Tel: 212-626-9220; Fax: 212-626-9210.

Poynter Institute for Media Studies. (See listing under Continuing Education.)

Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. An independent division of the World Security Institute (WSI), the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (, welcomes proposals for enterprising reporting projects throughout the world, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported, under-reported or mis-reported in the mainstream American media. In its first year the Center has funded 15 projects with reporting from 20 countries. The work has been featured in publications ranging from The New York Times and Los Angeles Times to Newsweek International, the Christian Science Monitor and Foreign Policy. The Center has produced half a dozen video documentaries that have aired on the public-television program Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria. It has also promoted further public debate on project topics, by arranging radio interviews, Internet outreach and university and community events. Background on the Center and on each of its projects is available on the Center's website ( Print and broadcast journalists can apply for a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to cover their travel expenses. Journalists on staff at print or broadcast outlets as well as free-lancers are eligible for support, so long as their proposed projects include a credible plan for distribution in the American mainstream media. Grants are usually awarded in the range of US$3,000 to US$20,000. The Center works with journalists on the shaping of projects and on distribution, as part of its efforts to increase the quality and quantity of international reporting in the U.S. media.

Pulliam Journalism Fellowship. Twenty $6,500 fellowships annually. Fellows are assigned to The Indianapolis Star or The Arizona Republic in Phoenix for 10 weeks as staff reporters. College sophomores, juniors, and seniors pursuing a career in newspaper journalism are eligible. Early-admissions postmark application deadline is Nov. 15; final postmark application deadline is March 1. For an application packet, write: Russell B. Pulliam, fellowship director, Pulliam Journalism Fellowship, The Indianapolis Star, P.O. Box 145, Indianapolis, IN 46206-0145;;
E-mail:; Tel: 317-444-6001.

Quill and Scroll Edward J. Nell Memorial Scholarships. Awarded by Quill and Scroll through its International Writing-Photography Contest or Yearbook Excellence Contest. Deadline for Yearbook Excellence Contest entries is Nov. 1. National winners of the International Writing-Photography Contest are also eligible for one of the $500 Nell Scholarships. Scholarships are available to seniors only. Submission deadline for Writing-Photography Contest entries is Feb. 5 annually. All completed scholarship application forms (student, adviser and principal) must be received by May 10. For complete information and application forms, write: Richard P. Johns, executive director, Quill and Scroll, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1528;; E-mail:; Tel: 319-335-5795; Fax: 319-335-5210.

Scripps Howard Foundation Scholarships. Scholarships are available through the Roy W. Howard College Reporting competition at Indiana University at Bloomington, the Robert P. Scripps Graphic Arts program at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Ted Scripps competition at the University of Nevada at Reno. Scholarships are also available through the "Most Valuable Staffer" competition, the "Top Ten Scholarship" competition, and internship programs. Check with your school about availability. Information available at:; E-mail:; Tel: 513-977-3034; Fax: 513-977-3800.

Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington Program. Six students, including one international student, work as reporters in Washington for 14 weeks. A stipend of $2,000 is paid and free housing is provided. Students' stories are published on Web-based wire. Some stories go out on Scripps Howard News Service. Students may also write for hometown or campus newspapers or get internship or independent study credit. Deadline for fall program is March 1. Deadline for spring and summer programs is Nov. 1. The program is open to college juniors and seniors. Contact: Jody Beck, director, Semester in Washington Program, Scripps Howard Foundation, 1090 Vermont Ave. NW, #1000, Washington, D.C. 20002. Tel: 202-408-2748.

Society for News Design Foundation Travel Grants. Several travel grants are awarded to aid students and their sponsoring educators to attend Quick Course programs and SND annual workshop and exhibition. Grants can be used for car travel, van rental, gasoline costs and air travel. Grants are payable only to the faculty member�s school; students must be accompanied by a faculty member. Write to: David Gray, executive director, 1130 Ten Rod Road F-104, North Kingstown, RI 02852-4177;; E-mail:; Tel: 401-294-5233; Fax: 401-294-5238.

Society for Technical Communication Scholarships. Fourteen scholarships at $2,000 each awarded as follows: Seven to undergraduate students and seven to graduate students studying the field of technical communication and attending accredited two- and four-year colleges. Write: Society for Technical Communication, 901 N. Stuart St., Suite 904, Arlington, VA 22203-1822;; E-mail:; Tel: 703-522-4114; Fax:�703-522-2075.

Stoody-West Fellowship. One $6,000 fellowship offered by United Methodist Communications to a United Methodist person who intends to pursue a career in religion journalism and is enrolled in post-graduate study at an accredited school in the United States. Application deadline is March 15. For information write: United Methodist Communications, Fellowship Committee, Communications Resourcing Team, P.O. Box 320, Nashville, TN 37202-0320;; Application form available at:; E-mail: Scholarships
; Tel: 888-278-4862; Fax: 615-742-5423.

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