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State and National Scholarships

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2014
These scholarships, memorializing one of the most enduring and enterprising journalists in the state, are available to print, broadcast and online journalists. Applicants submit a resume, two sealed recommendations, three to five sammples of work (video clips should be digitized. Clips, photos, video and audiotapes cannot be returned. Submit a statement describing college financing, including other scholarships and loans, as financial need is considered. Write a one-page essay: "Is objectivity still possible in journalism? Does it matter?" For application information contact Amy Allen, Austin Community Foundation, P.O. Box 5159, Austin, Texas 78763, (512) 472-4483,

Deadline: Feb. 1
The Writer's League offers the Bess Whitehead Scott Journalism Scholarship, an award given to a Texas resident who is a junior or senior university student pursuing a degree in journalism or a related field. Students must be involved in the study of mass communication or other writing programs. Financial need is an important requirement. Another $1,500 scholarship is the Scott Scribes Scholarship, which is granted annually to a woman or man age 40 and older who is pursuing a degree in journalism, writing or a related field. The deadline for both awards is Feb. 1. For more information about the scholarships, contact Jorjanna Price at or (512) 444-4950.

Deadline: Jan. 24, 2014
The Society of Professional Journalists presents these awards to honor the best in student journalism. The awards are offered for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. Regional winners advance to the national competition. Entries must have been published or broadcast during the 2012 calendar year.
Visit to apply online.

Are you up to the challenge?
Journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers and filmmakers are eligible to apply for travel grants offered through the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Most awards range from $2,000 to $10,000, though some may reach as much as $20,000. Grants cover hard costs associated with travel for an international reporting project. The ideal project offers print, photography, radio and video. The second type of funding is for video-only projects. For these, the center pays for completed sh
ort video documentaries that have been accepted for broadcast on the Center’s partner program, Foreign Exchange. “Crisis” does not necessarily mean “conflict.” The Center is looking for often under-reported systemic level crises, from environmental issues and struggles for resources or human rights abuses to post-conflict reconstruction, or brewing ethnic tensions. Find an application at Applications should include a 250-word (or less) description of the proposed project, including a distribution plan. In the distribution plan, applicants should demonstrate interest from editors and/or producers working in wide-reaching U.S. media outlets. Include a preliminary budget estimate. Do not include stipends. Include a resume, three recent samples of your work, three professional references. Send information to Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 615, Washington, D.C. 20036. Remember to send the electronic versions to

Recommendation: Submit application by April 15
Since 1984, the Press Club of Dallas Foundation has awarded one or more one-year scholarships up to $15,000 to current college students who have graduated from a high school in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, completed at least 45 hours of college coursework and are currently pursuing a college degree in the communications field, including print and broadcast journalism, public relations and advertising. The selection committee considers a broad range of criteria, including: academic standing, college accomplishments, work experience, work samples, recommendations and career goals. Minimum grade point average is 2.75 on a 4.0 system. Deadline for applications and backup materials is mid-April. Recipients will be notified of awards a month later. The application is available at: For more information contact Melissa Hardage at

High schoolers take note
The Emma L. Bowen Foundation, with partners in Fort Worth and San Antonio for Texans, was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry. The Foundation¹s program is unlike traditional intern programs in that students work for partner companies during summers and school breaks from the summer following their junior year in high school until they graduate from college. During the five-year program, students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the option of full-time employment upon completion of their college degrees. Students earn an hourly salary and matching funds for college expenses. Academic excellence is also a key component of the program. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average to remain in good standing. Visit

American Advertising Foundation: 10th District (Houston):
Deadline: March 1
The AAF in Houston issues two scholarships, one for $1,250; the other for $1,500. Contact: for more information. Preference is given to Houston-area residents.

Reynolds Center Business Scholarships
Suggestion: Submit application by Feb. 1
The program calls for eight nonrenewable college scholarships of $4,000 each for juniors or graduate students for the next academic year. These applicants sponsored by a professor are for business journalism majors, or journalism majors who have taken business journalism coursework and are seriously interested in pursuing a career in business journalism. Scholarships are awarded March 15 for the academic year that commences the next fall. For more information, click here

Suggestion: Submit by March 1
Four scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded this year by the Arab-American Institute Foundation to selected students of Arab descent who are committed to a career in journalism. Applicants must have a grade-point average of at least 3.3 and major in journalism. Academic achievement, financial need, and community service will be considered. Application forms for the current academic year are available at Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 3. Awardees will be notified in April. Please contact Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell at (202) 429-9210 ext. 30 or with any questions.

Christian Life Missions: Robert Walker Scholarships: $1,000 (five of these)
Deadline: May 15
The five $1,000 scholarships are available to students who are interest in pursuing a career in Christian journalism. For an application and more information visit

Advertising Education Foundation of Houston
Deadline: March 31
HAF scholarships are given to Houston-area residents attending colleges or universities in any location. They are offered to students in advertising- and marketing-related fields, to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in advertising, communications, journalism, radio/TV, commercial art, marketing, public relations are related fields. Students need only fill out one application to be eligible for the following scholarships:
• Alice B. Rogers Educational Fund — recognizes students in advertising or related fields who can demonstrate educational excellence as well as a willingness to get involved in their communities.
• Bill and Sharon Young Media Education Fund — for a sophomore, junior or senior with a 3.0 GPA in the major; 2.75 overall. Awarded to the most qualified student within the guidelines of financial need, GPA, written and oral communications skills, and general community and volunteer activities.
• Fogarty Klein Monroe Scholarship Program — For students attending a Texas college and desiring to return to the Houston market upon graduation.
• Houston Chronicle Media & Marketing Scholarship: Applicants must be a sophomore or junior, enrolled in a Texas college or university, maintain a 3.5 GPA, and desire to return to the Houston market upon graduation.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Deadline: Feb. 28
NAHJ scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000. Visit for more information and an application.

National Association of Black Journalists
Deadline: March 1
NABJ members are invited to apply for more than $30,000 in scholarships. Each scholarship is worth up to $5,000. Scholarships are open to any foreign- or American-born student, currently attending an accredited four-year college/university in the United States or those who are candidates for graduate school. For more information about scholarships, contact Irving Washington, program coordinator, at (301) 445-7100 Ext. 108 or

Press Club of Dallas
Deadline: March 31
The Press Club of Dallas offers up to 18 scholarships in sums ranging from $1,500 to $3,500. For an application and more information visit

San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists
Deadline: May 27
Scholarships from the SAAHJ are limited to minority students with permanent residence in San Antonio or Bexar County. The amounts of the scholarships vary. For more information visit

Texas Intercollegiate Press Association
Deadline: Feb. 1
TIPA presents a minimum of nine scholarships to students during its annual spring convention. It makes available four $400 Buckley Scholarships. Students with a minimum 3.0 grade average may apply for the $1,000 Jeff Henderson Scholarship for Journalism Excellence. For more information call (903) 886-5231.

Texas Gulf Coast Press Association
Deadline: May 6
The $1,000 scholarship is for an upper-level college student pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. For more information visit

Asian American Journalists Association
Deadline: March 10

Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. The AAJA-CNN 25 Scholar Program awards $25,000 scholarships to entering freshmen.

West Texas Press Association
Deadline: June 15
The Bob Craig Memorial Scholarship is given to a college junior or senior from West Texas who is pursuing a career in print media. The WTPA scholarship of $1,000 per year, paid $500 each semester, is matched by Texas Press Association, so that the student receives $1,000 each semester. Students must fill out an application and submit a 250-to-500 word essay titled, “My Future and Career Plans in Community Journalism.” Send application, essay and transcript to: Bob Dillard, WTPA Scholarship Chairman, P.O. Box 1097, Fort Davis, Texas 79734-1097.

Association for Women Journalists – DFW Chapter
Deadline: March 3
AWJ awards up to four $1,000 scholarships to women in their junior or senior years. Visit

Dallas-Fort Worth Network of Hispanic Communicators
Deadline: March 3
This scholarship is open to entering freshmen and continuing students who are permanent residents of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Visit

Freedom Forum/NCAA
Deadline: Dec. 8
Eight $3,000 scholarships to college juniors to study Sports Journalism. Visit or e-mail with questions.

Houston Association of Black Journalists
Deadline: Aug. 30
Four $2,000 scholarships to African-American high-school seniors, community-college transfers, sophomore, junior or senior students pursuing a degree in journalism or a media-related field. Visit

Society of Professional Journalists – Fort Worth Chapter
Deadline: Feb. 22
Scholarships range from $500 to $1,500. Visit

Writers League of Texas
Deadline: First Friday in April
Bess Whitehead Scott Journalism Scholarship totals $1,000 and is awarded to a junior or senior. The Bess Whitehead Scott Scholarship for Older Adults is for $1,000 and is awarded to a student 40 years or older by application date. Visit

Public Relations Society of America – Houston Chapter
Deadline: March 31
A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Visit

Broadcast Education Association
Deadline: Oct. 11
(BEA) offers a variety of scholarships. BEA is the professional development association for professors, industry professionals and students involved in teaching and research related to radio, television and other electronic media. BEA administers a variety of scholarships annually, to honor broadcasters and the broadcast industry. Among its scholarships are:

  • Helen J. Siossat Scholarship, $1,250
  • Harold E. Fellows Scholarship, $1,250
  • James Lawrence Fly Scholarship, $2,500
  • Walter S. Patterson Scholarship, $1,250
  • Shane Media Scholarship, $3,000
  • Alexander M. Tanger Scholarship, $2,500
  • Abe Voron Scholarship, $2,500
  • Vincent T. Wasilewski Scholarship, $2,50

To download an application, visit The forms ask for personal and academic data and transcripts, broadcast and other experience, a written statement of goals, and supportive statements from three references. No faxed or e-mailed material will be accepted. Mail applications to Broadcast Education Association; 1771 N Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-2891

American Women in Radio/Television (AmWR/TV) Scholarships (Dallas Chapter)
Deadline: Dec. 1
AmWR/TV makes available a $1,000 Irene Runnels-Paula McStay Scholarship. The Dallas Chapter accepts nominations for the scholarship each year beginning in December. Visit Please contact Sherree Haevischer at shaevischer with any questions

AmWR/TV (Houston Chapter) Scholarship
Deadline: April 1
AWRT awards more than $10,000 in scholarships and internships to outstanding college juniors and seniors, both men and women, interested in pursuing a career in media. For more information for scholarships in 2007, please contact Loret Segrest, the scholarship/internship chairperson at: Telemundo/NBC/Universal at (713) 243-7782. E-mail:

Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: April 15
The King Family Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Program awards up to $5,000 in scholarships to undergraduate students studying in television, film and related media fields. Visit

National Broadcasting Society
Deadline: Nov. 23
NBS offers five national scholarships to defray expenses for its annual national convention. All waive the convention registration fee; some offer an additional stipend for expenses. A grant for regional service is also available. For more information visit

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Deadline: June 1 Scholarships of up to $2,000 are available to entering freshmen and continuing students who are members of SMPTE. Visit

Texas Broadcast Education Foundation
Deadline: Early May
TBEA offers a variety of scholarships, which are administered through the Texas Association of Broadcasters. Scholarship award winners must be current TAB student members and/or currently attend a TABE member school. (Texas State University is a member.). They also must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA; and submit a complete application by the deadline. Available scholarships include:
• A.H. Belo Corporation Scholarship, $2,000;
• Bonner McLean Scholarship, $2,000;
• Tom Reiff Scholarship, $2,000;
• Vann Kennedy Scholarship, $2,000; and
• The Texas Broadcast Education Foundation Scholarship, $2,000 for a freshman or sophomore. Visit for details.