Radio Production and Broadcast Journalism Scholarships
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If you are looking at Radio Production or Broadcast Journalism programs you are heading into highly competitive scholarship and career fields. College and university programs are plentiful and this is where you should make your mark. Scholarship sponsors want to see creative and highly motivated individuals win their scholarships and hundreds of applicants are vying for the same awards.
Professionally graduates of radio and broadcast journalism programs typically go to work in regional and local companies. The cable industry is wide-open and small production and media companies are constantly looking for capable and well-trained writers, camera operators and various other technicians. Elite professionals make it to the upper echelon of radio and broadcast and work for major studios and radio broadcast companies, in front of the camera, microphone, or behind the scenes.
The National Television Academy National Capital/Chesapeake Bay Chapter sponsors their annual Betty Endicott Student Scholarship. Students majoring in Broadcast Journalism will be able to compete for up to $5,000 in scholarship money. Applicants must be going to college in the Maryland, D.C., or Virginia region. Awards are based on grade level and academic record, in combination with potential in the field.
African American students with a career goal of Broadcast Journalism and a body of work, may qualify for the annual scholarships from the National Association of Black Journalists. Eligible applicants must be student members who are enrolling in a graduate program in Journalism or broadcast journalism and have a stellar academic record. Preference is given ot candidates with financial need as well. Awards are up to $5,000 each.
The Radio and Television News Directors Association and Foundation are complimentary organizations whose efforts are directed toward providing sustenance for professional electronic journalists (Association) in combination with the Foundation’s aim of supporting continuing professional training and the inclusion of student members. Scholarships for college students in a radio or broadcast journalism major include:
- Ed Bradley Scholarships honor the late journalist whose career was cut short by cancer. Scholarship award for this fund is $10,000 and is open to minority journalism students.
- Ken Kashiwahara Scholarships also award outstanding and promising minority students with a $2,500 scholarship.
- Presidents’ $2,500 Scholarships are named for former RTNDA/F presidents. Freshmen are not eligible to apply.
- Carole Simpson Scholarships go to highly motivated, minority broadcast journalism students. Ms. Simpson awards $2,000 annually.
- Students in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Texas-Austin should not overlook the George Foreman Tribute to Lyndon B. Johnson Scholarship. $6,000 is up for grabs to a worthy applicant.
- Interested in sports radio? You could be eligible to win the Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship. Up to $1,000 in scholarship funds is available annually.
- Mike Reynolds Journalism Scholarships go to radio or broadcast journalism students with superior communications skills and a significant financial need for the funds. Awards are $1,000.
- Graduate students may be eligible for the Abe Schechter Graduate Scholarships recognizing radio journalism. Awards are $2,000.
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland sponsors the Entravision Communications Broadcast Journalism Scholarships. These awards are exclusively given to select students in broadcast journalism. Awards are $2,500. Other scholarships include:
- Steven C. Affens Broadcast Journalism Scholarships go to those applicants whose work is best represented behind the camera as a journalism cameraperson. Awards are $1,000.
- Phyllis and Frank Kopen Broadcast Journalism Scholarships go to upperclassmen in the major who are choosing either television or radio. Applicants are selected for the best balance of academic merit and financial need. Awards are $500.
Students whose forte lies in sports reporting will likely jump at the chance to apply for the Dallas Mavericks Mark Holtz Memorial Sports Broadcast Journalism Scholarship. Applicants are chosen for their career interests in sports reporting, either in radio or television. The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors whose college and career goals are clearly aligned with sports journalism. Additional criteria include regional residency and a well-written essay. Awards are $2,000.
Drake University sponsors the Jim Duncan Scholarship that goes to an exemplary student in either radio or television whose scholastic record is above board and who also has a definite need for the additional financial funds.