Journalism is an exciting and valuable career field. Journalists all over the world use a variety of media to bring breaking news and other vital information to people everywhere. If you have a passion for journalism and are ready to make your mark on the world, these extraordinary journalism scholarships can help you to get the degree you need:
RTDNA Ed Bradley Scholarship
In 1994, RTDNA started giving Ed Bradley journalism scholarships to minority students with the purpose of bringing more deserving minorities into communications as a career. The scholarship is available to U.S. citizens who are full-time students in good standing at an accredited college or university. The scholarships provide $10,000 to undergraduate students in electronic journalism who have completed their freshman year of study. Applications must be submitted by May 11 and may be downloaded from the Ed Bradley Scholarship page.
SCPA Internships and Scholarships
The South Carolina Press Association offers journalism scholarships and internships for students who are interested in pursuing a newspaper career. Internships are available to students attending South Carolina colleges who are studying advertising, journalism, or visual communications and who are juniors, seniors, or recent graduates. The internships last 10 weeks and come with a $4,000 award. In addition, SCPA offers the Frank R. Mundy scholarships, valued at $3,000 to three college juniors and seniors each year. Application deadline for these opportunities is January 18. For further details and official applications, visit the ScPress.org site.
National Association of Black Journalists
The NABJ offers seven different journalism scholarships, most valued at $2,500 for African-American or foreign-born students who are interested in a journalism career. Scholarships are available to high school and college students who meet all requirements. To apply, students must complete an application and submit it along with transcripts, a resume, an essay, work samples, and references no later than February 28. Applications and details can be found at NABJ.org.
American Copy Editors Society
ACES provides journalism scholarships for students who have shown an aptitude for and an interest in copy editing. The fund was started in 1999 to help meet the growing demand for talented copy editors around the world. Each year, ACES provides five scholarships to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students. One of these awards is for $2,500, while the other four are $1,000 each. Students may apply for these scholarships by November 15 of each year online at Copydesk.org.
Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarships
The Alpha Omega Council provides journalism scholarships to Greek-American students who are pursuing degrees in communications or journalism. To qualify, students must be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited U.S. college or university, must prove active participation in church, school, and community organizations, must have at least a 3.0 GPA, and must demonstrate financial need. To apply for the $5,000 scholarships, complete the application found at the Alpha Omega Council site, and submit it with all required materials by March 1.
Journalist of the Year Scholarships
JEA’s Journalist of the Year is one of the most coveted journalism scholarships available. The fund is named after a long-time treasurer of JEA to recognize the country’s best high school journalists. Runners-up in the competition receive awards of $1,000, while the grand prize winner receives $3,000. To apply, students must complete an application portfolio according to the guidelines at jea.org and submit their entries by March 1.
Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarships
These journalism scholarships are designed to reward Arab-American students who have demonstrated excellence in the field of journalism. The $1,000 awards are available to students who are in their junior year or higher of college and who are majoring in radio, television, film, or journalism. To apply, students must submit a one page statement explaining goals, why they deserve the scholarship, and Arab heritage. In addition, they must submit two letters of recommendation, copies of journalism work, transcripts proving at least a 3.0 GPA, and personal contact information. These materials must be submitted to ADC by April 3. For further information, visit their scholarship page at ADC.org.
National Press Club’s Feldman Graduate Fellowship
The Feldman Graduate Fellowships are designed to help graduate students in Journalism help cover the cost of pursuing a higher degree. Winners receive a one-time award of $5,000. To qualify, applicants must be enrolled in a journalism graduate program and three copies of all required materials by the deadline of May 1. Applications and packet information can be downloaded at Press.org.
If you have a nose for news and want to make your mark in journalism, these scholarships can help make it easier to pay for the degree you really need.