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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 or in OM102D.

State and national scholarships are sometimes posted on the TxState SJMC Internships, Careers Facebook page.

2020 Scholarships

Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2021

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication will award more than $50,000 in scholarships for the coming school year to undergraduate and graduate students. It is easy to apply. Visit BOSS to register for SJMC scholarships.

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 is March 15, 2020. Decisions will be announced toward the end of May. The funds will be disbursed for the fall 2021 semester. 

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 (, OM102.

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.


Mary Rose Brown Endowed Scholarship
Four-year scholarship at $10,000 per year. Preference for first-generation students (underserved populations) in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Fred Adams Scholarship
School of Journalism and Mass Communication majors with financial need who are academically successful and show leadership potential and extracurricular involvement.

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

Dieste Harmel & Partners Scholarship
Funded annually by Tony Dieste and colleagues at the Dallas
ad agency. For advertising major active in Ad Club and AAF,
bilingual Spanish-speaking a plus.

Dionicio (Don) Flores Scholarship
SJMC majors with preference for under-served or under-represented classes. Financial need is top priority. Minimum GPA of 2.5. Community and university service may be deciding factors.

Glaves Scholarship
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 PRSSA.

Hearst Scholarship
Continuing and transfer students: SJMC 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
SJMC print majors, junior standing, minimum GPA of 2.75, full-time enrollment

Mike Nickless Scholarship
SJMC 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 (SJMC/Liberal Arts)
SJMC majors needing financial aid who have shown academic potential, leadership and extracurricular involvement.

KGBTexas Scholarship 
Awarded to a public relations student with no grade point or grade classification restrictions.

Dr. John L. Huffman Scholarship 
Awarded to a journalism student.

The Jack Schrader Memorial Scholarship
Bob and Sue Shrader Scholarship

For juniors/senior SJMC majors or minors with demonstrated commitment to a career in broadcasting and/or broadcast journalism.

Carol Mouche Endowed Scholarship in Journalism, Digital Media Innovation or Electronic Media
Sophomore of Junior with demonstrated financial need.

JJ Love, The Jeff Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Preference for Advertising majors, 3.0 GPA and financial need.

Susan Komandosky Endowed Scholarship in Journalism Education
GPA of 2.5, Journalism or Electronic Media major or pursuing a career in Journalism Education.

Colonel Ed Komandosky Endowed Scholarship in Community Journalism
GPA of 2.5, majoring in Electronic Media or Journalism, pursuing a career in Community Journalism

Michael S. George Endowed Scholarship in Journalism
Sophomore or Junior with demonstrated financial need. Priority to Journalism or Electronic Media majors.



The Mayoral-Penn Scholarship

Bowers-Scharlach Study Abroad Scholarship — A $1,000 scholarship has been established for a full-major public relations student participating in a 2020 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 (OM102D) by March 6, 2020.


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
      •    Two 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, March 6, 2020.

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