7 Most Popular Journalism Scholarships

A journalism degree doesn't have to be expensive thanks to these scholarships.

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Indianapolis Newspapers offer the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship to current undergraduates.

College can be incredibly expensive no matter where you decide to go. Fortunately, scholarships can help with ease the burden of tuition and housing or other common expenses like books and supplies.

If you're considering a career in journalism, you may end up spending your summers as an unpaid intern working in a newsroom. Having a scholarship can help you afford to take opportunities, like unpaid internships or fellowships, which may not otherwise be doable.

1. William B. Ruggles Journalism Scholarship

William Ruggles was an esteemed Texas journalist who held high journalistic standards and coined the phrase "Right to Work." The William B. Ruggles Journalism Scholarship is sponsored by the National Institute for Labor Relations Research. They work toward the understanding of the principles of voluntary unionism

Amount: $2,000

Eligibility Requirements: In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you have to show you have the potential to complete an accredited journalism program. You would have to submit an acceptance letter from the school you will attend.

Application deadline: December 31

2. Fred Russell/Grantland Rice TRA Sports Writing Scholarship

Sponsored by the Thoroughbred Racing Association, the Fred Russell/Grantland Rice TRA Sports Writing Scholarship is named after Grantland Rice, one of the best-known sports writers of the 20th century.

Amount: $10,000

Eligibility Requirements: High school seniors are eligible to apply and must have a serious interest in pursuing sports writing as a career

Application deadline: January 1

3. Edward J. Nell Memorial Journalism Scholarship

Quill and Scroll is an international honor society for high school journalists. While it is housed at the University of Iowa, the Edward J. Nell Memorial Journalism Scholarships are open to high school students across the country.

Amount: $750

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must already be part of the Quill and Scroll society and be high school seniors. The scholarship can be used for tuition, room and board at any college or university that offers a major in journalism.

Application deadline: November 1 (Yearbook Contest), February 5 (Writing/Photo Contest)

4. Pulliam Journalism Fellowship

Indianapolis Newspapers offer the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship to current undergraduates. Fellows get to work in the newsroom as reporters or editorial staff. They also receive training, get to work with a writing coach and attend seminars.

Amount: $650 a week for 10 weeks during a summer internship

Eligibility Requirements: Students must be current college juniors, seniors or graduate students. Having previous experience in journalism, like with a college newspaper, would strengthen your application.

Application deadline: November 1

5. Sister Rita Jeanne Scholarship

The Journalism Education Association (JEA) offers the Sister Rita Jeanne Scholarship to high school journalists. The contest starts at the state level and moves up to the national level. Student journalists submit their portfolios and complete an application. Portfolios can be paper, like a bound book, or digital, like a website or an e-book.

Amount: $3,000 for the winner and $1,000 for six runners-up

Eligibility Requirements: This scholarship is only for high school students. You’ll need to have an adviser who is a current JEA member and to have participated in student journalism for a minimum of two years.

Application deadline: February 15 (State Competition), March 15 (National Competition)

6. Ed Bradley Broadcast Journalism Scholarship

Ed Bradley inspired and informed the public on a regular basis as a CBS News and 60 Minutes correspondent. The Ed Bradley Broadcast Journalism Scholarship, which is sponsored by the Radio Television Digital News Association, was created in his honor.

Amount: $10,000

Eligibility Requirements: This scholarship is open to undergraduate students. High school seniors are also eligible to apply. Applicants must also be seriously considering a career in broadcast journalism.

Application deadline: May 31

7. Investigative Journalism Award

The Investigative Journalism Award is sponsored by the Americanism Educational Leaders, which champions traditional values and freedom. It is open to current college students and could be a great opportunity for journalism majors who need money for junior or senior year.

Amount: 1st place: $2,000; 2nd place: $1,000; 3rd place: $500

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must already be in college and have been published or broadcast in some public setting. You can submit an article or some radio/television broadcast. Part-time students are also eligible to apply.

Application deadline: March 15

Quick Tips

  • When you expand your scholarship search, make use of the things that might make you unique. Minority status, a disability, or even your state or town can open scholarship opportunities.
  • Check out journalism associations for other scholarship opportunities. Obtaining a student membership to some of these associations can show schools and other scholarship programs that you are serious about journalism.

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