Department of Journalism Scholarships


Departmental Awards and Honors

Amount: $500

Signed major/minor on file

Full-time student status

Journalism GPA of at least 3.0

Previous recipients may apply

A one-page essay explaining how the student has demonstrated merit and financial need

Amount: $600

Signed Journalism major form must be on file

Student's overall GPA and Journalism GPA will be strong considerations

Full-time student status

Previous recipients may apply

A one-page essay explaining how the student has demonstrated scholarly achievement

Amount: $800

Signed Journalism major on file

Leadership in/out of Department of Journalism including groups, events, volunteerism, associations

Full-time student status

Experience with leadership at CM Life and/or Grand Central Magazine or similar field of study

A one-page essay explaining how the student has demonstrated leadership

Amount: $650

Signed Journalism major on file

Must currently be junior or senior and enrolled full-time in each semester to be eligible

A one-page essay explaining how the student has demonstrated merit

 

Scholarships and Endowment Criteria

Studying Journalism, Broadcast and Cinematic Arts or Integrative Public Relations

Must be enrolled in an internship course

Apply Onlline

Amount: $1,100

Signed Photojournalism major on file

Minimum GPA of 2.5

Demonstrate financial need

Michigan resident

Preference will be given to a student who is a single parent

The award may be renewable through the completion of a degree as long as the student remains full-time

One-page essay explaining how the student has demonstrated merit with an emphasis on financial need

Renewable, but student must reapply

Amount: $1,400

Journalism major

At least two semesters of work at CM Life and/or college newspaper as a transfer student

Minimum 3.0 GPA

Demonstrates financial need

Renewable, but student must reapply

Journalism major

Student must demonstrate the need for financial support for travel to conferences, internships and/or study abroad

One-page essay expressing need based on the criteria

Amount: $1,000

Sophomore or higher

Minimum GPA of 3.0

Demonstrate financial need

Amount: $2,250

Signed Journalism major, enrolled in courses focused on writing, Journalism or Photojournalism

Public Relations majors are not eligible to receive this award

Funds associated with this award may be used for:

• Travel costs associated with a departmentally-approved internship based outside of the mid-Michigan region. Internships may be domestic or international in nature.

• Travel costs associated with a curriculum-based study abroad program focused on writing, Journalism or Photojournalism. Qualifying study abroad programs will be approved and managed by the Office of Study Abroad.

• Travel costs associated with a departmentally-approved independent study project focusing on writing, Journalism or Photojournalism.

• Funds associated with this award MAY NOT be used to support travel to any conference, convention or meeting.

Renewable up to 3 years after initial award, but student must reapply and meet criteria

Amount: $1,600

Signed major on file

Involvement in department groups, events or associations

One-page autobiography with application

Signed major in Journalism, Broadcast and Cinematic Arts or IPR

Demonstrates financial need

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Renewable up to 3 years after initial award, but student must reapply and meet criteria

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Photojournalism major preferred, but Journalism majors will be considered

At least one semester on staff of CM Life; work experience at Grand Central Magazine may be considered

Minimum GPA of 2.5; GPA of at least 3.0 preferred

Amount: $1,800

Signed Journalism major

At least two semesters of significant contribution as a writer or editor at CM Life

Intention to pursue a career focused on writing (not photography, design or broadcast)

Avid reader of the news media

Non-smoker and non-user of tobacco products

Demonstrate curiosity about how things work

Demonstrate tough fairness and fair toughness

Demonstrate tenacity to do what's right, not what's easy

Demonstrate clear writing that cuts through the clutter and gets to the meat of an issue

Demonstrate not only high journalistic standards, but also serve as a role model and/or mentor for other Journalism students

One-page essay demonstrating above

Minimum 3.0 overall GPA and 3.3 JRN GPA

Amount: $1,500 each

Confirmation application intends to pursue a career in Journalism and/or Broadcasting

Signed major/minor in Journalism or Broadcasting

Full-time student status

Financial need is a major, but not an exclusive, consideration

One-page essay explaining how the student has demonstrated merit and financial need

Amount: $1,300

Major in news/editorial Journalism

Preference for those working at CM Life or Grand Central Magazine

Interested in pursuing a career in Journalism

Minimum 2.5 overall GPA

Amount: $1,500

Journalism major or minor

Junior/senior status with demonstrated financial need

Preference given to a student who is first in their family to attend college

Preference given to student who has been involved in/demonstrated leadership in a student media or pre-professional organization

GPA of at least 2.75

One-page essay should address the importance of the news media in an era of "fake news" and citizen journalists

Amount: $1,800 each

Confirmation the applicant intends to pursue a career in Journalism and/or Broadcasting

Signed major/minor in Journalism

Financial need; FAFSA form must be on file with the Financial Aid Office

Full-time student status as a senior

Journalism GPA at least 3.2

One-page essay demonstrating merit and financial need

Amount: $1,800

Intends to pursue a career in Journalism

Signed Journalism major/minor

Full-time student status

Journalism GPA of 3.0

Renewable but student must reapply

Amount: $1,900

Confirmation the applicant intends to pursue a career in Public Relations

Public Relations student participating in an unpaid or underpaid Public Relations internship

The internship must either be a graduation requirement for the recipient or the recipient must be returning to academic studies at CMU after completing the internship

Journalism or Integrative Public Relations major

GPA of at least 3.0

One-page essay of merit based on the criteria of the scholarship

Amount: $1,250 each

News/editorial student Journalism major

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Demonstrate financial need

Amount: $1,500 each

Signed major on file

Financial need

Full-time student status

Amount: $1,300

Photojournalism major

CM Life or Grand Central Magazine staff photographer or other suitable media outlets

Interest in a visual media related internship

Junior or senior

Minimum GPA of 2.75

Renewable, but student must reapply

Amount: $1,700

Journalism major

GPA of at least 2.75

Recipient must be participating in an approved student media program or pre-professional organization including, but not limited to: PRSSA, PR Central, CM LIFE, Grand Central Magazine, Ad Club, etc.

One-page essay of merit based on the criteria of the scholarship

Renewable, but student must reapply

Interested students must submit:

  • A completed application form:
  • Names and contact information from three references
  • Your official or unofficial CMU transcript
  • Your current resume
  • A completed basic information document
  • One-page essays for each scholarship and award which requires them (see specific criteria below).

Important Notes:

  • Students must be enrolled full-time in each semester to be eligible.
  • Students may apply for - and receive - more than one scholarship and/or award
  • Unless otherwise indicated in the specific scholarship criteria, JOURNALISM MAJOR includes all department majors (journalism; advertising; photojournalism; journalism-PR concentration). MINOR refers to a journalism minor.
  • The scholarship committee includes: Lori Brost, Elina Erzikova, Steve Coon, Kathy Backus, Jinhee Lee and Zulfia Zaher
Please complete the application forms below. They are due March 27 by midnight.
Basic Information Application Form Scholarship Application Form