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Have you thought about a future career as an investigative reporter, broadcast news anchor, public relations coordinator, sports writer or photo journalist? This list of scholarships for journalism majors can help you on your way to that college degree. Our Scholarship Directory has compiled several scholarship opportunities for upcoming journalists. So, whatever it is you plan to study either in print, online, digital, or news media, there’s bound to be a journalism scholarship waiting for you. Take our Scholarship Match Quiz to find awards that match with your goals and interests. 

NATAS Upper Midwest Chapter Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. high school seniors who are residents of the Upper Midwest area, including Minnesota, North or South Dakota, western Wisconsin and northern Iowa. Students must pursue a career in broadcasting, television or electronic media and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $1500

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 31

AAJA Sports Journalism Scholarship

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational and professional organization. At present, it has more than 1,500 members across the United States and Asia. Since its founding, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. The Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship honors its namesake. Al Young is an award-winning journalist who blazed many trails for Asian American sports journalists. He is the nation’s first Asian American sportswriter at a metro daily. He is also the first Asian American to cover the NFL as the New Haven Register beat writer for the New York Giants and Jets. The AAJA Sports Task Force is pleased to offer a scholarship of up to $2,000 to current college students interested in pursuing sports journalism/media as a career through the Al Young Sports Journalism scholarship.

Total: $2000

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 31

Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship and Conference Program

This award is for high school juniors who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of “free spirit.” A free spirit can be a risk-taker, a visionary, an innovative leader, an entrepreneur, or a courageous achiever who accomplishes great things beyond his/her normal circumstances.

Total: $100000

Awards: 102

Deadline: February 01

PRSA-Hawai’i/Roy Leffingwell Public Relations Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Hawaii college juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are majoring in public relations, journalism or communications, and intend to pursue a career in public relations. Students must have a grade point average of 2.7 or higher.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: February 01

M.F.K. Fisher Scholarship

Students applying as freshmen to the Culinary Institute of America in New York who have a demonstrated interest in food writing are eligible for this award.

Total: $8000

Awards: 4

Deadline: February 01

Edward Payson and Bernice Pi’ilani Irwin Scholarship

This scholarship is available for college juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are residents of Hawaii and have a grade point average of 2.7 or higher. Students must be majoring in journalism or communications.

Total: $35986

Awards: 19

Deadline: February 01

Ray Wilkinson Communications 4-H Scholarship

This scholarship is available for North Carolina high school seniors who are 4-H members and majoring in some phase of communications. Students must plan to attend an institution of higher education in North Carolina in the fall of the year that they apply for the scholarship.

Total: $2000

Awards: 2

Deadline: February 03

NATAS Chicago/Midwest Chapter Scholarship for College Students

This award is for U.S. college seniors or graduate students who are enrolled in a full-time course of study in a field related to the television industry. The applicant must attend a school within the ADI (area of dominant influence) of the television stations within the Chicago/Midwest chapter jurisdiction OR be a relative of a member in good standing of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the Television Academy.

Total: $4000

Awards: 1

Deadline: February 08

Porter Fleming Literary Competition

This is a writing contest for residents of Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina. To enter, students may submit their work in one of four categories: fiction, poetry, nonfiction or drama. Applicants should review the website for the requirements to enter their specific writing category.

Total: $7000

Awards: 12

Deadline: February 10

Gene and Dodee Saylor Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is available for high school seniors in Monroe or Middletown, Ohio who plan to major in journalism or communications. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $2100

Awards: 1

Deadline: February 14

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