Radio Production and Broadcast Journalism Scholarships

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Students planning to major in radio production or broadcast journalism should expect to find scholarships plentiful and competition correspondingly vigorous. As print journalism declines, digital broadcasting and reporting expand, moving an old profession to a new set of media.

Every traditional, university-based journalism school offers scholarships, as you’ll see by reviewing the financial aid pages for those schools, and the scholarships listed below are a representative sample rather than a complete list.

Scholarships From Private Organizations

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciencesradio scholarships

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a group of broadcasting professionals, one of three groups responsible for the Emmy Awards. NATAS hands out the annual Jim McKay and Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarships, two awards of $10,000 each named for famous broadcasters. They go to graduating high school seniors who show talent in video programming, competitive drive, and academic ability.

There are numerous chapters of NATAS that also offer scholarships, and here are three examples:

National Association of Black Journalists

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has posted a page with links to its seven scholarships, with a common set of eligibility requirements. You must:

There are six $2,500 awards (the Allison E. Fisher, Carole Simpson, DeWayne Wickham Founder’s High School, Larry Whiteside, Les Payne Founder’s and NABJ Scholarships), and the seventh, called the Visual Task Force Scholarship, is worth $1,500.

Radio Television Digital News Association

The Radio Television Digital News Association lists nine undergraduate scholarships that share an application form. Some are named after well-known journalists (Ed Bradley, Carole Simpson, Pete Wilson, Mike Reynolds), and others include the Presidents Scholarship, Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship, and George Foreman Tribute to Lyndon B. Johnson Scholarship.

Frequently found criteria are these: you must be officially enrolled (with at least one more year of school to go), you must be at least a sophomore, and you must choose only one award for which to apply. You may select any major as long as you plan a career in journalism.

Dallas Mavericks Foundation

The Dallas Mavericks Foundation has established a scholarship named after their first radio broadcaster, the Mark Holtz Memorial Sports Broadcast Journalism Scholarship, for the benefit of students in that field. It brings $2,000 to a high school senior living within seventy-five miles of Dallas, and you must submit information about both your grades and your extracurricular activities with your application. Note: While the documentation is dated, the last recorded instance of the award occurred in 2012.

Scholarships From Colleges

University of Maryland

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland has posted a scholarships page with several categories of award, and here are three of those reserved for continuing students:

Michigan State University

Michigan State University’s School of Journalism distributes a number of scholarships to its students, such as these: