Whether you have already had experience in journalism at your high school, or are just beginning to explore the subject as your possible major, there are numerous scholarships available that will help cut back your student debt. What can journalism devotees do to find these scholarships? All you need to do is a bit of investigation.
There are several types of journalism scholarships for which you can apply. Some work similarly to essay scholarships, where you will be required to write about some issue that faces your chosen profession or respond to important stories in the news. You may be asked to create a journalistic video, similar to a broadcast, as your entry.
In contest scholarship competitions, you will submit a previously completed sample of your work. It may be published or unpublished. If you have had work that you produced that has appeared online, in print or on TV, or in an investigative report, you may still use that as your submission.
Each of the many journalism scholarships has different requirements for submission, so you’ll need to carefully read all information, before you send in your application.
The Zimmerman Journalism Scholarship
Based in Washington, D.C., the National Press Club is the leading professional journalists’ organization in the world. They offer the Zimmerman scholarship in remembrance of a member who passed away in 2008.
Zimmerman endowed the Press Club with a scholarship to help high school seniors who want to pursue a journalism career. Each recipient receives an award of $5,000. This scholarship is not renewable. For more information and application questions, check out their website.
The William B. Ruggles Journalism Scholarships
This Right to Work Foundation scholarship is named in honor of a Texas journalist who first used the term “Right to Work”. He greatly contributed to the advancement of the Right to Work movement.
Each academic year, one scholarship worth $2,000 is awarded to a student who best exemplifies the late Mr. Ruggles’ high standards of journalism and his dedication to the principles of the trade.
To be eligible for one of these scholarships, you must show that you have the potential to complete the requirements of a typical accredited journalism program. To do this, you will be asked to submit a copy of an acceptance letter or a transcript from the school you will be attending, or which you are attending already.
In addition, you need to show an understanding of voluntary union principles and the social and economic problems of a compulsory union model. To do this, you will submit an essay on the subject. It should be about 500 words in length.
More information about “Right to Work” and this scholarship can be found on the Right to Work Foundation website.
RTDNF Presidents Scholarship
The Radio, Television and Digital News Foundation offers two separate journalism scholarships every year. They honor former presidents of RTDNF. Each recipient is awarded $1,000 and is invited to the annual conference of Excellence in Journalism.
You may be eligible for this scholarship if you are a sophomore, junior or senior when the scholarships are awarded, and if you will pursue a career in digital, radio or TV journalism. Check their website for additional information.