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Texas State SJMC Scholarships

State and National Scholarships

Students will find a variety of scholarship opportunities in this section. Some of the opportunities are available to students from certain cities or regions in Texas; others are available to students who are members of certain national organizations. Read the descriptions and visit listed websites. Follow instructions and pay attention to deadlines. Feel free to confer with Chuck Kaufman, internship, scholarship and career development coordinator, at kaufman@txstate.edu or in OM102A. I will update the form soon. However, the format remains the same. Sometimes I will post state and national scholarships on the TxState SJMC Internships, Careers Facebook page.


Deadline: Monday, April 18, 2016

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication will award more than $30,000 in scholarships for the coming school year. It is easy to apply.

Some scholarships are based on financial need. Others are strictly merit-based and reward academic performance and participation in student media and extracurricular activities. Read the specifications under each endowed scholarship listing. The deadline for endowed scholarships are April 18, 2016. Decisions will be announced toward the end of May. The funds will be disbursed toward the beginning of September. 

Requirements include:
• Application form
• Full-time student status
• Minimum GPA of 2.5
• Evidence of financial need
• Unofficial transcripts (See CatsWeb)
• Letters of reference
• Letter stating goals, experience in internships, student or
professional media and other extracurricular activities

More information: Contact Chuck Kaufman (ck17@txstate.edu).

Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $3,000+. 

Financial need: Some scholarships require a written explanation of financial need. Others are strictly merit-based without regard for need. Regarding evidence of financial need, a written statement will suffice. You do not need to submit tax returns. If you are receiving financial aid or other scholarships, you should list them in this statement. 

Last year, more than 50 scholarships were awarded. Make your impression early with the Scholarship Committee. Submit your application materials early. You do NOT need to name the scholarship you are seeking. The Committee will evaluate all candidates and sort out the candidates accordingly. Start now to complete the application, write your essays and get letters of recommendation. 

Fred Adams Memorial Scholarship
Honors the first editor of The University Star. JMC majors with financial need who are academically successful and show leadership potential and extracurricular involvement are eligible.

Alpha and Omega Scholarship
Juniors or seniors who have been active in campus media organizations. Full-time enrollment, 3.0 GPA required

Gloria Campos Brown Scholarship
JMC electronic media majors with preference for under-served or under-represented classes. Financial need is the top priority. Also required: Minimum GPA of 2.5. Community and university service may be considered as deciding factors.

Dionicio (Don) Flores Scholarship
JMC majors with preference for under-served or under-represented classes. Financial need is a primary consideration. Minimum GPA of 2.5. Community and university service may be considered as deciding factors.

Robert Glaves Endowed Fund
Honors the memory of PR professional Robert Glaves. It is awarded to a high-performing PR student who is also active in the Robert F. Glaves Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

William Randolph Hearst Scholarships: Last year, 16 scholarships awarded
Continuing and transfer students: JMC majors with minimum GPA of 3.25, evidence of leadership and involvement in university-wide extracurricular activities. Freshmen: Top 10 percent of HS class, minimum 3.5 GPA, demonstrated leadership or proven talents.

Jim & Adele Moss Scholarship
JMC print majors, junior standing, minimum GPA of 2.75, full-time enrollment

Mike Nickless Scholarship
JMC advertising majors needing financial aid who have shown academic potential, leadership and extracurricular involvement.

Teresa Mae Potts Memorial Scholarship
Honors the memory of Ms. Potts, a broadcast journalism graduate in 1985. It is awarded to a broadcast journalism student.

Walter Richter Endowed Scholarship
JMC majors needing financial aid who have shown academic potential, leadership and extracurricular involvement. The scholarship will be awarded in 2014 to a Mass Communication major.

Jack Shrader Memorial Scholarship, The Bob & Sue Shrader Scholarship

Jack Shrader Memorial Scholarship and the Bob and Sue Shrader Scholarship.  For juniors/senior JMC majors or minors with demonstrated commitment to a career in broadcasting and/or broadcast journalism.  Other considerations include GPA, internships, participation in campus media organizations, demonstrated creativity and integrity in the production of radio and/or television communication.

KGBTexas Endowment in Advertising and Public Relations 
This scholarship honors Texas State alumna Katie Harvey, head of KGBTexas in San Antonio. It is open to Mass Communication students with no GPA criteria established and no limitation on academic classification.

The Don Anders Scholarship
This scholarship honors Don Anders, who in 2007 retired as Texas State University's photographer after 35 years of stellar service to the University. Family, friends and colleagues contributed to this fund that honors a man who chronicled so much history and many special moments at Texas State. Applicants must be full-time students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and/or be a minor in photography. They must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Eirin Hicks Scholarship: Given to SJMC student who also services as a Resident Adviser.

The Gunn Scholarship for Journalism

The Barnes-Oskam Scholarship

Mayoral-Pen Scholarship

Mary Rose Brown Scholarship — Last year 10 $1,000 scholarships awarded

Friends of Fine Arts Award — $1,000 awarded to a top performing student in the classroom, in student media and other organizations.

Bowers-Scharlach Study Abroad Scholarship (Deadline: March 8, 2016) — A $1,000 scholarship has been established for a full-major public relations student participating in a 2016 SJMC Study Abroad Program. Students must complete an application; submit an unofficial transcript from Catsweb, two (2) letters of recommendation, and a 500-word essay outlining your academic and career goals, detailing how Study Abroad relates to these goals. See the SJMC website for an application form. Submit materials to Chuck Kaufman (OM102) by March 8, 2016.

Scholarship application procedure:

Students do not apply for specific scholarships. They will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. They must, however, submit one complete package of materials consisting of:

1.   The completed application form from this site.
2.   Full-time student status (12 credits+)
3.   Attach the following:
      •    Unofficial transcripts
      •    Three letters of reference
      •    Letter outlining the student’s career goals and experience as an intern, in student or professional media,
      or extracurricular activities.
      •    Letter or documentation regarding financial need (only for scholarship awards that require proof.)
4.   Bring completed packet to Chuck Kaufman, in Old Main 102D by
      the deadline date.

Application deadline:  Friday, April 18, 2016.