How to Pay for a Journalism Degree
If you are looking for journalism grants or scholarships, consider the following possibilities to help pay for a journalism degree.
The Knight Foundation has information on the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Fellowships. These journalism fellowships aim to bring technology to the mass media.
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism awards numerous scholarships every year. The journalism scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit as well as financial need. Applicants should make sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to sending their journalism scholarship application to Columbia.
At Texas State University in San Marcos, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication is awarding more than $22,000 in scholarships for the next academic season. You’ll need to send your application forms, proof of full-time student status, have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, proof of financial need (see the process for the Pell Grant), transcripts, letters of reference, and a statement of your goals, activities, and media experience. For more information see check out Texas State or contact Chuck Kaufman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Download the application and see a list of other journalism scholarships from Texas State University in San Marcos.
The Kiplinger Program offers the opportunity to spend a week in Columbus at the Ohio State University. There will be opportunities to explore social media such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn as well as other sites. The next Kiplinger Fellowship will run from April 15th to 20th, 2012.
The AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship is brand new for the 2012-13 academic year. The Associated Press and Google have gotten together to award this new scholarship of $20,000 to six up-and-coming journalists who will be studying an undergraduate or graduate degree during the 2012-13 academic year. The students will be mixing journalism, computer science and new media. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens, be at least college sophomores at the time of application, and if returning to college must show a letter of acceptance from an accredited U.S. college or university. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is also required. Finalists will be required to submit to an interview, either in person or using remote technology.
Colorado Mountain College Isaacson School: Digital Journalism
Colorado Mountain College is offering full-ride scholarships for students who wish to earn an associate’s degree at the Isaacson School, studying digital journalism, marketing, media production, graphic design, and photography. The deadline is March 15th. The scholarship awards will range from $10,000 to $19,450 per academic year and are renewable for one additional year for students achieving a GPA of 3.2 or better. There will be up to six scholarships for out-of-state students. Students should apply via the CMC Foundation. Interested individuals should contact Carol Efting, coordinator of scholarship programs, at 970-947-8355 or email@example.com.
IHS Journalism Internship Program
If you’ve been considering how to become a journalist, an opportunity as a paid journalism intern awaits in Arlington, Virginia, at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) of George Mason University. The right candidate for the internship is interested in advancing freedom in society. Interns work for eight weeks with a newspaper, radio station, or investigative newsroom, building experience and portfolios. The internship not only includes on-the-job training, but also features individual career advice to help interns prepare for a competitive job market. IHS provides a stipend, travel allowance, and housing assistance. The application deadline is July 1st. For additional information, visit: the IHS journalism internship site.
Preparing for Scholarship Essays and Interviews
Students who would like to improve their interview skills can find some help via books and DVDs such as the ’Money-Winning Scholarship Essays and Interviews’.
The nature of journalism is changing rapidly, with the new scholarship by the Association Press and Google, it will offer the chance for students of journalism to take advantage of the latest technology to promote journalism. With the help of college grants and scholarships for journalism students, undergraduate degrees and graduate studies in journalism can become more affordable.