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Journalism Scholarships

Students in the JSchool are fortunate that many alumni, and former and current faculty, have made an investment in your future as a journalist, donating funds for journalism scholarships. Read about these generous donors and the scholarships they endowed below.

Current journalism students: Download the APPLICATION FORM for all journalism scholarships (other than the two incoming freshmen scholarships). A few scholarships request additional material, as noted on the application form. DEADLINE: February 28, 2014.

Incoming first-year students: Download this APPLICATION FORM and instructions for the freshmen scholarships described below. DEADLINE: March 1, 2014

Incoming Freshman Scholarships

Russell Baird High School Newspaper Editor Scholarship: Russ Baird is a former longtime graphics and design faculty member who co-authored one of the foundational textbooks in communication graphics. Russ Baird created this award for incoming freshmen who have been editor of their high school newspapers because he believed these hardworking high school journalists showed great potential for the future.

The Bob and Colleen "Koky" Dishon Scholarship: Bob Dishon was a 1948 Scripps graduate and veteran journalist who met his wife Koky while working at the Columbus Dispatch. Their commitment to journalism was only matched by their belief in the importance of education. The Dishon Scholarship is an $8000 award given to an incoming freshman who shows extraordinary promise for success as a journalist through achievement in high school and demonstrates financial need. This a renewable scholarship for three additional years if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and is a continuing journalism major. The three finalists for the Dishon scholarship will be asked to come to Ohio University for an interview and bring a portfolio of their work. All finalists will receive at least a $1000 scholarship.

Scholarships for JSchool Students

Andrew Alexander Scholarship: Andy Alexander is a former editor of the POST and was recently inducted into the Scripps College of Communication Hall of Fame. Andy was the longtime head of the Cox Newspapers Washington Bureau, and then spent two years as the ombudsman for the Washington Post newspaper and dot-com. This scholarship is designated for underrepresented news editorial students.

Cortland Anderson Scholarship: Established by alumni in honor of the former director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Cortland Anderson came to the School of Journalism from the Washington Post in 1981. He died in 1985, never seeing the school move into Scripps Hall after breaking ground a year earlier. The Cortland Anderson Scholarships are specifically designated for students entering their sophomore year.

R. Randolph Apgar Scholarship for Ethics: This scholarship recognizes a student for his or her high ethical standards as demonstrated in work on campus media, internships and/or published work. The award was established by 1968 alum Randy Apgar through his Foundation, the Apgar-Black Foundation which is a major supporter of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a major sponsor of organizations that raise awareness of inequities in our society and reach out to provide opportunities for students and others to reach their full potential.

Athens News - Bob Baker Scholarship: This scholarship was established by the publisher of the Athens News to honor former Scripps advertising and public relations professor Robert Baker. It goes to a journalism student working at the Athens News.

Robert Baker Scholarship: Robert Baker is professor emeritus at the Scripps School who taught advertising and public relations. His scholarship is designated for an outstanding member of the school's award winning PRSSA chapter.

Frances G. and Margaret A. Channell Scholarship: This scholarship honors mother and daughter alums of the school. Frances graduated in 1937 and worked as reporter and teacher. Maggie received her BSJ and a masters degree from OU and has spent many years working in various administrative positions on campus.

Eliza Alcorn Clark Memorial Scholarship: Dr. Florence Riffe, former Associate Dean of the Scripps College of Communication established this scholarship in honor of her grandmother, Eliza Alcorn Clark. This scholarship is designated for an underrepresented student.

Frank Deaner Journalism Scholarship: Frank Deaner is a 1967 Scripps grad who made the rounds of all areas of journalism. He spent 15 years as a broadcaster, worked public relations and advertising and until his retirement was executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association. Mr. Deaner also established a cash award for the Scripps School of Journalism Outstanding Senior.

Robert and Teri Gerbig Scholarships: The Gerbigs established these scholarships to help both graduate and undergraduate students. Robert is an alum of the school's graduate program.

Helen Hoover Scholarship: Helen Hoover was an alum of the school and an environmental writer.

Loren J. Hortin Scholarship: L.J. Hortin taught in the School of Journalism for 20 years beginning in 1947, he lead the school for 14 of those years. During Hortin's leadership the Scripps School of Journalism became one of the first accredited journalism schools in the country. Alumni of the school established this scholarship to honor Mr. Hortin.

Ron Iori Scholarships: Ron Iori is a 1976 graduate who spent 18 years as an editor at newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and the Cincinnati Post. In 1994 he moved into corporate communication and when he left Ford his business card read Office of the President for the Ford Motor Company. These scholarships are designated for students with an interest in business or copy editing. Ford Scholar Award Ron Iori not only endowed a scholarship in his name, but also worked to provide another scholarship from his longtime employer, the Ford Motor Company.

Ralph Izard-Post Scholarship: This scholarship was established to recognize outstanding work at The Post student newspaper. Longtime journalism Former Director and Professor Ralph Izard's generous gift has been supplemented by many former Posties to create this scholarship. Dr. Izard was director of the school during the establishment of the Institute of International Journalism and the dedication of the Sing Tao Center.

George Starr Lasher Living Legacy Award: This unique award was established in the memory of George Starr Lasher - the first director of the School of Journalism and the person who really laid the foundation for a school of excellence. The award, endowed by Mr. Lasher's daughter, Mary Elizabeth Lasher Meyers provides the funds for students to spread their journalism wings with a cultural experience of their choice. Former winners have traveled to NYC, London, Rome, Prague, and Madrid.

Lasher-Evarts Quality of Writing Scholarship: This award was also established by Mary Elizabeth Lasher Meyers in honor of her father, and longtime Scripps professor Dru Riley Evarts. Both Professors Lasher and Dr. Evarts pushed every student to be a better writer and use language correctly. This scholarship honors quality writing.

Joseph Lichtenberg Memorial Scholarship: This scholarsip is given in memory of alum Joseph Litchtenberg and was established by the Nation's Capitol alumni chapter.

Richard O. Linke Scholarship: Dick Linke is a 1941 graduate of the Scripps School. He went on to become an entertainment public relations man and producer, having a long successful career in the entertainment business. One major highlight of his career is that he discovered Andy Griffith and you can see the RICHARD O. LINKE, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on all the old Andy Griffith shows. Dick has also donated his Hollywood office furniture to the College, and you can see a replica of his office in the OU Radio TV Center, room 181.

Dan Lowe Memorial Scholarship: Dan Lowe was often called Ohio University's Number 1 fan. The 2003 Scripps School graduate was the first member of the Ozone, and when he graduated his passion as an OU fan turned into a profession of promoting Ohio Sports. Dan died much too young during a pick-up basketball game in 2005. His family established this scholarship for students with an interest in sports reporting.

Edward J. Martin Scholarship: The family of Edward Martin created this scholarship in memory of this alum. This scholarship is designated for magazine or news editorial majors.

Memorial Tournament Scholarship: The School of Journalism is very fortunate to have been chosen as one of only three schools to receive scholarships from the Memorial Tournament-Jack Nicklaus' professional golf tournament held each year in Dublin, Ohio. Winners are invited to the tournament and recognized.

George and Dorothy Messerly Scholarship: The George and Dorothy Messerly Scholarship was established by Professor Emeritus Anne Cooper-Chen and her sister, in honor of their parents. Since Dr. Cooper-Chen's parents were Pennsylvanians - this award is designated for female students from Pennsylvania.

Herb Moss Business of Baseball Scholarship: Scripps alum Herb Moss (BSJ '68) established this scholarship to recognize the importance of business and economic news, and to follow his love of baseball. Moss is VP at UBS investments, which specializes in financial services.

Joel M. Needle Scholarship: This scholarship established by classmates and family of Joel Needle, a 1966 alumnus of the Scripps School who was killed in a car accident just three years after graduation.

Fred A. Palmer Scholarship in Journalism: This scholarship honors the longtime owner and general manager of WATH radio and owner of several other radio stations. He was an inductee of the National Association of Broadcaster's Radio Hall of Fame. His daughter Carol Lambert and son David Palmer have endowed this scholarship in his memory for broadcast majors.

Kay Murphy Price Scholarship: Kay Murphy Price was a Scripps alum who had a 33-year career as a feature writer with the Columbus Dispatch and Miami Herald. She was also an artist, winning awards for her poetry, and gourmet cooking, and dabbling with a paint brush. She established this scholarship for students with an interest in newspaper or magazine journalism.

Tom Price and Susan Crites Price Scholarship: Journalism alums Tom and Susan Price established this scholarship to be awarded to a staff member of The Post. Now Washington-based freelance writers, the Prices learned much about journalism as editor (Tom) and associate editor (Susan) of The Post. Tom was politics writer for The (Dayton) Journal Herald and a correspondent in the Cox Newspapers Washington Bureau. Susan has been vice president of the National Center for Family Philanthropy.

Marc and Lila Rosenweig Scholarship: Marc Rosenweig is a 1971 graduate and an award winning broadcast journalist, and longtime network and syndicated programming manager, working for NBC and King World Production among others. This scholarship was established by Marc and his wife Lila.

Scripps Howard Foundation Scholarships: The Scripps Howard Foundation funds special scholarships in honor of two longtime contributors to the company. Boyd D. Lewis is retired now - but started his career as an editorial assistant at the United Press and retired in 1972 as the president and editor of the Scripps Howard Newspaper Enterprise Association. The Susan J. Porter Scholarship honors a long-term newspaper employee of the E. W. Scripps Company who now serves on the Scripps Howard Foundation Board and has been very instrumental in Scripps' involvement with the School of Journalism.

Scripps School of Journalism Scholarships: Various one-time gifts to the Scripps School from alumni and professionals fund $500 scholarships.

Guido Stempel Scholarship: Distinguished Professor Emeritus Guido Stempel established this scholarship to recognize outstanding journalism students. Dr. Stempel joined the Scripps faculty in 1965 and has been recognized for his teaching, mentorship and research with nearly every award in the field of Communication.

Emerson "Vic" Sherow Memorial Scholarship: Emerson "Vic" Sherow was a longtime newspaperman - who became the director of the Ohio University News Bureau. His family created this scholarship in his memory. This scholarship is designated for a student interested in newspaper journalism.

Lawrence R. Tavcar Scholarship: This award honors 1958 alum Lawrence Tavcar who spent his career in public relations.

Tom Turnbull Memorial Scholarship: This award is in the memory of Tom Turnbull, who taught advertising and graphics for many years at Scripps. This scholarship is funded by one of Professor Turnbull's former students, David Carter, and is designated for an advertising student.

Michael Vaughn Memorial Scholarship: Mike Vaughn was an alum who died suddenly at a very young age and is honored by his co-workers. The scholarship was set-up by Michael's colleagues and friends at Ford Motor Company. This scholarship is designated for a public relations major.

Madeline Utley Scholarship: 1979 graduate Joanne Utley established this scholarship in honor of her mother. Joanne is an avid supporter of the OU Alumni Association and has served on the board.

Jesse and Ruth Zousmer Scholarship: This scholarship was established by the New York/New Jersey Alumni Chapter to honor two alumni who died in a 1966 plane crash while returning from assignment in Vietnam. The Zousmer scholarship is designated for broadcast journalism majors.

Other Available Scholarships

  • John R. Wilhelm Foreign Correspondence Internships
  • The Institute’s John R. Wilhelm Foreign Correspondence Internship Program funds several internships each year through endowed scholarships. Since 1970, more than 200 journalism majors have received such support, traveling to approximately 30 countries.

    Applicants must be earning a degree in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, have significant reporting experience, and must complete the Foreign Correspondence course (JOUR 467/567), which is offered each winter quarter. In addition, the International Mass Media course (Jour 466/566) is recommended. Applications are distributed to students enrolled in the Jour 467/567 class, and must be submitted to the director of the IIJ by the end of February. Applicants are asked to list their top three countries and whether they want print or broadcast assignments.

    The number of applicants ranges from a dozen to a maximum of about 20 each spring. From that number, approximately half a dozen interns are selected for support. The number of assignments depends on available scholarship funding. The chances of being selected depend on the applicant’s journalism background, including previous internship experience, as well as academic record. Knowledge of a foreign language is a plus, and is required for students who travel to countries where English is not widely spoken.

    A School of Journalism selection committee consisting of faculty members selects scholarship recipients in early spring. Scholarships usually are sufficient to cover the costs of food, lodging and air fare. Internship arrangements are organized by the Institute for International Journalism, but also can be set up with input from the students who receive funding. Those selected are then responsible for contacting their designated supervisor to establish time of arrival and duty assignments. Students are responsible for finding their own lodging. Previous interns can provide leads.

    Most assignments begin in the fall, but the timing of the internship is flexible depending on the individual student’s schedule and the needs of the news organization. Because selected students will be working for different companies in different countries, there is no standard list of duties interns will be assigned. In the past, interns have done everything from check wires to edit copy to cover breaking international news. Every assignment is different.

  • For additional info
  • contact Yusuf Kalyango at 740.597.3335 or visit scrippsjschool.org/iij
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  • AAF- cleveland Scholarship Program
  • The AAF-Cleveland chapter will recognize five outstanding Ohio college students and pair them

    with one of the five offered scholarships: Marc Wyse Scholarship, HFA Scholarship, Rob Spademan

    Scholarship, Northeast Ohio Media Group Scholarship and AAF-Cleveland Minority Student Scholarship. The prize will be awarded to the recipient a current junior or senior communications, marketing, advertising, graphic design, digital media or public relations student.

    Award criteria

    + Be pursuing an associates or bachelors degree with a communications/ marketing-related major such as advertising, marketing, graphic design, digital media, web design, photography, interactive marketing, copywriting, public relations, media planning, etc.

    + Be enrolled in your junior year, graduating between

    2015 and 2016.

    + Carry a full course-load and hold a current minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    + Attend an Ohio college or university.

    + Complete award application form.

    + Completion of a 500 word essay

    + One letter of recommendation (from internship supervisor, former employers, academic instructor or adviser, etc.)

    + Rsum (list any relevant internships, extracurricular activities, courses, etc.)

    Essay Options

    Submit a 500-word essay on ONE of the following topics:

    1. Describe what sets you apart from other communications students. Explain why you feel you should be awarded for one of these scholarships.

    2. What qualities do you think are essential to be a successful professional in your field? Discuss at least three, and explain how you are honing these skills.

    3 The way we communicate has changed considerably throughout the past several years. How does that apply to communications, marketing, advertising or any related field as an industry?

    Click the link below to download the application

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  • The Hearst Journalism Awards Program
  • The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, was founded in 1960, to provide support, encouragement, and assistance to journalism education at the college and university level. The program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students’ schools. The 54th annual program offering up to $500,000 in awards, consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions (one in radio and two in television), and four multimedia competitions - with championship finals in all divisions.

    Participation in the program is open to undergraduate journalism majors currently enrolled in ACEJMC - accredited domestic universities. An exception to the journalism major rule is made for students entering the photojournalism competitions. Entrants must be actively involved in campus media and must have published articles, photographs or produced newscasts or multimedia pieces that can be submitted in our writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and/or multimedia competitions.

    The William Randolph Hearst Foundation was established by its namesake, publisher William Randolph Hearst, in 1948 under California non-profit laws, exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Since then, The Hearst Foundations have contributed more than $925 million in the areas of education, health care, social services, and the arts in every state.

    The first deadline begins Nov. 4, for further information on how to apply go to:

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  • Ohio Broadcasters Scholarship
  • Since 2004, the OAB has invested over $95,000 in scholarships to college students with a promising career in broadcasting. Were proud to support the next generation of broadcasters and encourage students pursuing a career in broadcasting to apply!


    Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered:

    - Full-time student at an Ohio college or university

    - Incoming junior or senior (two completed years of coursework)

    - Majoring or minoring in radio or television broadcasting or communications

    - Minimum GPA of 2.75 / 4.0 or equivalent


    Amount: $3,000

    Total Scholarships Awarded: Two

    Follow the link below to apply

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