External Scholarships

External Journalism Scholarships

These scholarships are available to students interested in journalism and related careers.

American Copy Editors Society Scholarships

Six scholarships are awarded annually through the ACES Education Fund. One is the Bill Walsh scholarship, in honor of the late editor, author, and ACES guiding spirit. The winner receives $3,500 plus financial aid to attend the ACES national conference.

  • Application deadline: TBA for Spring 2021
  • Amount: $1,500, $2,500, $3,500

Asian American Journalists Association

The Asian American Journalists Association offers multiple internships, fellowships, grants and scholarships for journalism students.

  • Application deadline: multiple scholarships with different deadlines.
  • Amount: Multiple scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000

Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Scholarship

The Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) scholarship program is a collaboration with AANAPISIs and the communities they serve to provide scholarship, expand institutional capacity and mobilize local resources to help foster economic development.

  • Application deadline: 1/14/2021 for 2021-2022 (deadline has passed)
  • Amount: Varies. $2,500 one-time to $5,000 multi-year

Association for Women in Sports Media Scholarship

Since 1990, AWSM has placed nearly 200 female college students interested in sports media careers in paid summer internships. Each winner also receives a $1,000 scholarship, complimentary registration and lodging at AWSM’s annual conference and a complimentary one-year membership to the organization. Application deadline:

  • Application deadline: open in Fall, winners to be announced in December
  • Amount: $1,000

Bill King Scholarship

The Oakland Athletics Community Fund awards one scholarship each season to an undergraduate student that is majoring in journalism or broadcasting. This $5,000 scholarship is intended for qualified tuition or required expenses such as fees, books, supplies and equipment for courses of instruction at a qualified educational institution. This scholarship has been established in memory of Bill King, long-time legendary Bay Area Sports Announcer. The purpose of this scholarship is to support a student who plans to pursue a career in journalism or broadcasting.

  • Application Deadline: 4/19/2021 at 5 p.m.
  • Amount: $5,000

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation: Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship

The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation Scholarship for the Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment is intended for eligible college undergraduate and graduate school women who desire to work and contribute their efforts within the field. Due to the underrepresentation of this demographic in the industry, this scholarship fund has been established in order to aid women in furthering their education, encourage their valued participation in the profession, and benefit the profession as a whole.

  • Application Deadlines: Spring 2021 is 11/17/2021 and Fall 2021 is 6/14/2021
  • Amount: $1,000

Gregory FCA Scholarship

The Gregory FCA since 30 years is working towards the development of the nation’s 50 largest PR firms, taking a fundamentally different approach towards the growth. They narrate the story of their clients and their businesses to target audience through a network of media contacts 30 years in the making. Journalists, broadcasters, bloggers, and influencers unite to help frame angles, find the facts, uncover new storylines. The company works amazingly towards the progress of their clients.

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,500

Investigative Reporters and Editors

IRE makes available certain fellowships and scholarships to allow professional journalists, students and educators the opportunity to attend training events they would not otherwise be able to attend. Fellowships and scholarships typically include a one-year IRE membership and conference/seminar registration fees. You may apply for more than one scholarship/fellowship.

  • Application deadline: multiple fellowships and scholarships with multiple deadlines
  • Amount: amounts vary

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship Award

To honor Arab-American students who excel in Media Studies.

  • Application Deadline: 4/12/2021
  • Amount: $2,500

James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists

Founded in memory of James Alan Cox, a television photojournalist, The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists aims to provide financial support to student photographers of high school and college age. Through a variety of funding, including equipment purchases and scholarships for college and technical school classes, the foundation’s mission is to expand educational and developmental opportunities for student photographers demonstrating interest, talent and financial need.

• Application Deadline: 11/15/2021

• Amount: $2,500

Journalism Scholarships for Polish Americans

The Kosciuszko Foundation, An American Center for Polish Culture, is currently accepting scholarship applications for studies in journalism. Eligible candidates are US citizens of Polish descent and Polish citizens who are legal permanent residents of the USA. Awards are only for full-time studies in academic year Fall 2021/Spring 2022. Applicants must provide evidence of an interest in or involvement in the Polish American community; provide official transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or above; and must submit two letters of recommendation from current teachers/professors, a curriculum vitae, as well as a personal statement and application fee. Applicants must show proof of Polish descent.

• Application deadline: 1/28/2021

• Amount: Scholarships range from $1,000 to $7,000.

L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest

The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest is an ongoing merit competition for new and amateur aspiring writers. Run on a quarterly basis, an eligible entry is any previously unpublished short story or novelette (under 17,000 words) of science fiction or fantasy. There will be three cash prizes in each quarter: a first place prize of $1,000, a second place prize of $750, and a third place prize of $500. In addition, at the end of the year, the winners will have their entries re-judged, and a grand prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All types of science fiction, fantasy, and dark fantasy are welcome.

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $500, $750, $1,000, $5,000

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

NAHJ scholarship opportunities are open to college-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students pursuing careers in English or Spanish-language print, broadcast, digital, or photojournalism. Students attending four-year colleges and community colleges in the United States and Puerto Rico with a GPA of 3.0 or better are eligible for the scholarships.

• Application deadline: 2/5/2021 for 2021-2022 (deadline has passed)

• Amount: Varies. $1,500 – $10,000

National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity

Honoring Julie Schoo

The National Press Club, the leading professional organization for journalists, wants to recruit promising future journalists who will bring diversity to American journalism. The scholarship consists of a $2,000 one-year scholarship, which can be renewed for up to three years at $2,500 per year. The first-year scholarship includes an additional $500 book stipend, the Ellen Masin Persina Scholarship.

  • Application deadline: 3/1/2021 (Deadline has passed)
  • Amount: $2,000-$2,500

National Press Club Feldman Fellowship for Graduate Studies in Journalism

The National Press Club, the world's leading professional organization for journalists, is proud to offer a fellowship for graduate students in journalism. The fellowship is named for Dennis Feldman, a club member who had a long career as a journalist and public relations adviser after putting himself through grad school at night. Winners will receive a one-time stipend of $5,000 to help defray post-graduate tuition costs.

  • Application deadline: 3/1/2021 (Deadline has passed)
  • Amount: $5,000

National Press Club Richard G. Zimmerman Journalism Scholarship

The late Richard G. Zimmerman, a National press Club member of long standing, endowed a significant scholarship in aid of high school seniors who wish to pursue a career in journalism. Recipients will receive a non-renewal award of $5,000.

  • Application deadline: 3/1/2021 (Deadline has passed)
  • Amount: $5,000

National Press Photographers Association

NPPF scholarships are awarded to encourage those with the talent and dedication to photojournalism and who need financial help to continue their studies. These awards are directed toward those studying full-time or returning to college.

  • Application deadline: multiple scholarship with multiple deadlines (TBA)
  • Amount: $1,000 - $4,000

RTDNF Fellowships

The fellowships are open to early professional broadcast or digital journalists with fewer than 10 years of experience. Fellowship applications are accepted in the fall and awarded in May.

• Application deadline: 3/10/2021 for 2021-2022

• Amount: Varies. $1,000 – $2,500

RTDNF Scholarships

Scholarships are open to undergraduate students pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores, juniors or seniors in good standing when scholarships when scholarships are awarded in September 2021. Students may apply for only one RTDNF scholarship, and past RTDNF scholarship winners are not eligible.

• Application deadline: 3/10/2021 for 2021-2022 (deadline has passed)

• Amount: Varies. $1,000 – $10,000

Sacramento Press Club Journalism Scholarships

The Sacramento Press Club will be awarding seven scholarships this year, ranging from $4000-$8000. Students must submit a single application to be considered for all of the scholarships. Eligibility: applicants must be college students who will be juniors, seniors, or graduate students for at least one term in the upcoming academic year; and, applicants must have a connection to the 9-county Sacramento region (Sacramento, Yolo, San Joaquin, El Dorado, Placer, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada and Butte counties) by being one of the following: Students from the Sacramento region (counties specified above); Students enrolled in a Sacramento region college or university (SF Bay Area colleges/universities are not included in the Sacramento region); Students who can show a demonstrated interest in covering news of the Sacramento region. This can include clips documenting your coverage of state political news or any issue that you believe ties into the region. Please explain in your cover letter. Applicants are judged on journalistic achievement, career promise, academic record, and financial need.

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $4,000-$8,000

San Francisco Public Relations Round Table Scholarship

The San Francisco Public Relations Round Table awards scholarships to talented Bay Area university students studying public relations, communications and allied fields (such as journalism and marketing) in accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in the Bay Area, and within a 100-mile radius of downtown San Francisco. The organizations is particularly interested in rewarding students who have shown a strong interest and involvement in communications and public relations beyond the classroom, and who are using their public relations, writing and social media skills to benefit the public and worthy causes.

  • Application Deadline: 3/5/2021
  • Amount: $2,000

Sinclair Broadcast Group Diversity Scholarship

The Sinclair Broadcast Diversity Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 to provide financial support to college students interested in broadcasting, journalism, and marketing. The Fund plans to award up to 10 scholarships of up to $5,000 each per year for the next ten years to students from under-represented minority groups who need financial assistance to complete their education.

  • Application Deadline: 3/28/2021
  • Amount: Up to $5,000

Study & Internship Program (SIP) in Germany - UAS7

Internships typically last 5-6 months, but UAS7 research internships may run from 2-6 months, depending on the specifications of the project description. Recipients will receive a full tuition waiver for both semesters (enrollment is also required during the internship to maintain residency in Germany) and the benefits provided to exchange students at the host UAS. Successful SIP applicants are eligible for a UAS7 Travel Scholarship. Applicants must be full-time sophomores or juniors in good academic standing and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college/university, in a field represented on UAS7 campuses. Competitive applicants will have a minimum 3.0 GPA, language skills commensurate with their proposed course of study and internship in Germany, strong support from academic and study abroad advisors, and a well-reasoned study plan and statement of motivation.

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2021 (deadline has passed)
  • Amount: Varies

WiseGeek Entrepreneurship Matters Scholarship

Entrepreneurship can change the world, but it’s not easy. From choosing an idea to scaling a business, there are countless challenges on the entrepreneurial journey. Sleepless nights, daunting challenges, and failure are all a part of the day-to-day life of an entrepreneur. The WiseGeek Entrepreneurship Matters Scholarship exists to make the entrepreneurial journey more accessible. The scholarship will support an ambitious and bold entrepreneur who wants to build a business that makes the world a better place. While not required, we will look for candidates with a track record of overcoming challenges and a penchant for continuous growth.

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $500