Spring and Summer Scholarships

Spring Deadlines

Richard Drake Slocum Memorial Scholarship 
Amount: $2,800
Info: website 
Eligibility: Merit based; for a current undergraduate broadcast and digital journalism, journalism, or print and digital journalism major.
Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017, 4 p.m.

Annette M. Haddad Memorial Scholarship 
Amount: 2 awards, $3,750 each
Info: website
Eligibility: Undergraduate junior or senior female demonstrating exemplary leadership and commitment to the professional integrity, ethics and professional standards of the journalism field. 
Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017, 4 p.m.

Lee Family Scholarship Fund
Amount: $10,000
Info: website
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors or seniors majoring in any program at the School of Journalism.

Pat Penney Scholarship (Public Relations Majors Only)  
Amount: $3,700
Info: website 
Eligibility: Reserved for a continuing Public Relations student.
Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017, 4 p.m.

Edna Lillich Davidson Scholarship 
Amount: $4,500
Info: website
Eligibility: Qualifications at faculty's discretion; originally requested to be given to a senior student for tuition assistance, and has traditionally been given to a junior or senior. 
Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017, 4 p.m.

Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship 
Amount: 2 awards $6,000 each
Info: website 
Eligibility: One time award; reserved for students planning a career in sports journalism. Recipients will be invited to a Laker game in the Fall semester.
Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017, 4 p.m.

Edwin O. and JoAnn Guthman Scholarship for Excellence in Investigative Journalism
Award: $6,400
Info: website 
Eligibility: Merit and need based; for current student submitting outstanding work in the field of investigative reporting and showing demonstrated financial need; interested students must apply for the award or be nominated by a faculty member.
Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017, 4 p.m.

Glen and Alberta Ingles Scholarship
Amount: $1,500
Info: website
Eligibility: Strong investigative skills; additional qualifications at faculty's discretion.
Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017, 4 p.m. 

Herb Klein Scholarship in Government and Political Reporting
Amount: $5,200
Info: website 
Eligibility: Undergraduate junior or senior; demonstrates outstanding work in the field of political or government reporting; the scholarship committee's final choice is sent to Klein's grandson (Michael Mayne) for approval.
Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017, 4 p.m.


Allan Malamud Scholarship
Amount: 3 awards, $6,000 each
Info: website 
Eligibility: Graduate or undergraduate junior or senior; need and merit based scholarship; can be journalism or public relations student; students studying sports journalism will be prioritized.
Deadline: Friday, Friday, March 10, 2017, 4 p.m.


JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FORM (for applications above that require a letter of recommendation) 
Letter of Recommendation Link


Multiple PRSSA Scholarships
Amount: More than $30,000 over all scholarships
Info: Website
Eligibility: Scholarships available for members and nonmembers. Please see website for more details on all available PRSSA scholarships.

AAJA 2017 CIC/ANNA Chennault Scholarship
Amount: $5,000
Info: website
Eligibility: Applicant must be committed to AAJA's mission, must be a graduating high school senior that has been accepted to a U.S. college (proof of accptance required or a currently enrolled college student, AAJA membership is not required for the application but if selected, the student must sign up for student membership. See website for more details.
Deadline: April 16, 2017

AAJA-LA Scholarship
Amount: $2,500
Info: website
Eligibility: Full-time college students in the Greater Los Angeles Area committed to AAJA's mission and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing journalism as a career.
Deadline: Thursday, April 16, 2017, midnight PST

Africa Student Fund 
Info: Website
Eligibility: Must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Must submit online application, two-page personal statement, and faculty recommendation letter.
Deadline: February 28, 2017

Alliance for Women in Media (AWM)
Information and application: website
Eligibility: Scholarship available to both male and females. See website for more details
Contact Sabrina Almeida, AWM So Cal Scholarship Director at awmsocalscholarships@gmail.com
Deadline: Februray 28, 2017

Application.Careers Scholarship Contest
Amount: $500
Application.Careers is a comprehensive service-oriented website that provides a large number of job applications and top-quality resume samples and cover letter templates and is eager to support excellent students complete their college studies by offering one time $500 scholarships.
Info: website   
Email: support@application.careers
Deadline: May 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST

AreaVibes Scholarship
Amount: $2500
Info and application: website
Eligibility: Applicants must be legal residents of the United States, 16 - 25 years of age, and currently attending a high school, university or college during the 2017 calendar year
Deadline: May 31, 2018

Associated Press Sports Editors Scholarship Program
APSE, a national organization of sports editors, is awarding four $1,500 scholarships to help motivate talented students to pursue a career in sports journalism. Collegiate sports journalists entering their sophomore, junior or senior years are eligible for the scholarship which will be awarded based on the students' journalistic work, their academic record, financial need, and geography. The scholarship will be awarded to students from four different regions of the United States. The winners will be chosen by the APSE scholarship committee, chaired by Joe Sullivan, sports editor of the Boston Globe and includes editors from all sections of the United States. Applicants should include the following information in their letter of application:
Personal: Name, address, age, phone number.
Academic: A copy of the student's collegiate grades.
Financial: A brief rundown of the student's financial situation, with regards to how he/she plans to pay for tuition.
Five examples of sports journalism (usually stories but may be sections the student has edited), using links or PDFs.
Info: website
Information should be emailed to Joe Sullivan, sports editor of the Boston Globe at jtsullivan@globe.com with APSE Scholarship in subject line.
Deadline: June 1, 2017

Beinecke Scholarship
Fellowship for current juniors - USC Deadline: February 17, 2017
The scholarship provides funding for graduate study in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Students must have a history of receiving need-based financial aid during undergraduate years.
Info: website

Bob Eddy Scholarship Program
Amount: $500 – $2,500
Info: website
Eligibility: Any students planning journalism careers that are Connecticut residents enrolled at a four-year college out-of-state
Deadline: April 12, 2017

Boren Scholarship - USC Deadline: February 9, 2017
Amount: Up to $20,000
Info: website
USC Representative: Katie Capra, kcalvert@usc.edu - phone: 213.740.6698
Eligbility: See website for details.

The Bowdie McDowell Scholarship Program
Amount: $1,000 – $5,000
Info: website
Eligibility: See website for details
Deadline: March 1, 2017

The Buena Park Cable Foundation
Amount: Up to $2000 per individual
Info and application:  Click here
Eligibility: Must major in and plan for a career in communication; must be a legal resident of the City of Buena Park, CA
Deadline: 5:30 p.m., April 3, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Chandler Award for Student Writer of the Year in Religion
Amount: $600 and up to $500 for travel to Washington D.C.
Info: website
Eligibility: See website for details
Deadline: May 1, 2017

CIC/Anna Chennault Scholarship for 2017
Amount: $5000 toward the student's college education. The selected student will receive travel, lodging and registration to attend AAJA’s national annual convention July 26-29, 2017 in Philadelphia.
Info: website
Eligibility: Rising sophomores passionate about journalism
Deadline, April 16, 2017, 11:59 PM PST

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholar-Intern Programs
Amount: $2,500 - $5,000
Info: website 
Eligibility: See website for details.
Deadline: Various dates -- see website

Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Contest
Amount: $1,500 scholarship plus expense paid attendance at the 41st Annual Conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (includes airfare, hotel, registration, and banquet meals) in Manchester, NH on June 8–11, 2017; second prize of $250 and 3rd prize of $100
Info and application: website
Eligibility: Undergraduates (including seniors) writing bylined general interest, editorial or specialized (humor, sports, business, arts, culture, etc.) columns appearing in print or online editions of college newspapers. Columns carrying dual bylines are eligible, but only one prize will be awarded.
Deadline: April 21, 2017

East Asia Scholarship Program: Area Studies Abroad Scholarships (ASA)
Amount: $3,000
Info: website
Eligibility: Enrollment in two East Asian studies courses during the semester abroad through a USC-sponsored program in any East Asian country.

Eddie Adams Workshop
Info: website
Eligibility: You must be a current student, a working photographer with less than three years of professional experience or active military.
Deadline: May 31, 2017

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media
Info and amount: website
Eligibility: Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. and be declared major in broadcast journalism, mass communication, television production, or marketing at an accredited university or college. Must also have achieved at least sophomore standing, be a citizen of the United States and of non-white origin.
Deadline: March 15, 2017

FASPE - Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics
FASPE Summer Ethics Fellowship in Journalism is open to graduate students going into journalism, as well as working journalists early in their careers. 
Information and application: website
For a flyer on FASPE Journalism, click here
Deadline: Applications for 2018 programs in Business, Journalism, Law, Medical, and Seminary will be available in mid-September 2017.

The Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship (Undergraduate & Graduate)
Amount: Two scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each
Info: website: website
Eligibility: Open to graduating seniors (must be continuing directly to graduate school) and graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) to support and encourage them to pursue a career in children's media and further the values and principles of Fred Rogers' work.  The scholarships are project-based and may not be used for tuition.
Deadline: January 31, 2017

Freie Universitat Berlin and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Amount: Please see website for details
Info: website
Eligibility: Applicants must have at least "advance intermediate" German skills to take part in the program, as the seminars and internships take place in the German language. Please visit website for more details.
Deadline: January 31, 2017

Fulbright UK Summer Institute - (Date depends on institute selected)
The program funds 3-6 week academic and cultural summer programs in the UK. Eligible undergraduates must have at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete at USC. Past topics have included: Shakespeare, archaeology, Scotland, the arts, Ireland, and contemporary Wales. (USC Office of Academic & International Fellowships: website
Deadlines: February 23rd or 26th, 2017

Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS)
The goal of the GMS program is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.
Amount: Awards range from $500-$5,000
Info: website 
Note: The 2017 application may not be available. Check their website, but there is some information that the program's last year is 2016, and it will be replaced with a new scholarship program in 2018. The application is typically available on August 1 each year, and closes in January the following year.

GoTranscript Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Eligibility: Applicant must be a high school senior or current full-time college freshman. Participants must register using your university or college issued email.
Apply: website
Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
Amount: Awards range from $500-$5,000 
Eligibility: Must be of Hispanic heritage; US citizen, permanent legal resident, DACA or eligible non-citizen (as defined by FAFSA); minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students; plan to enroll full-time in an accredited 4-year university in the fall of the desired scholarship year; complete FAFSA or Dream Act (if applicable)
Create your MyHSF profile here
Click here for scholarship FAQs and information
Click here for the scholarship application
Deadline: April 6, 2017

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship
Amount: $2,500
Info: website
Eligibility: Juniors, seniors or graduate students; must major and excel in journalism, radio, television and/or film; must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be a U.S. citizen of Arab heritage.
Deadline: June 1, 2017

JEP Community Service Awards
Info: Each year the JEP Community Service Awards are given to students that have devoted a significant amount of their time to community service projects and programs that help the University community and the surrounding neighborhoods. These awards highlight USC's devotion to community service and display the shared commitment to volunteerism held among members of the Trojan family. Please visit https://dornsifecms.usc.edu/jep-announcements/ for more information on the scholarship and applying.
Deadline: February 28, 2017

LAGRANT Foundation (Undergraduate & Graduate)
The LAGRANT Foundation will provide scholarships to ethnically diverse minority undergraduate ($2,500 scholarships) and graduate ($3,750 scholarships) to students who are attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations.
Application information (both undergraduate and graduate): website
Deadline: February 28, 2017

The Leonard M. Perryman Communication Scholarship for Ethnic Minority Students Offered by United Methodist Communications
Amount: $2,500
Info: website
Eligibility: Must be a United Methodist ethnic minority student enrolled at the junior or senior level in the journalism or communication
department of an accredited college or university in the U.S.
Deadline: March 15, 2017

Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award
Amount: $5,000
Info: website
Eligibility: Must be an LGBTQ student who plans on a career in journalism and is committed to futhering NLGJA's mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community
Deadline: May 31, 2017, 11:59 pm EST

Morris K. Udall Scholarship - USC Deadline: February 10, 2017
Amount: up to $7,000 for tuition, room/board, or other educational expenses
Info: website
Eligibility: Sophomore or junior standing students who are committed to a career related to the environment OR are themselves Native American or Alaska Natives committed to a career in tribal public policy or Native American health care may apply for the scholarship.
USC Representative: Andy Liang, eliang@provost.usc.edu

Murray Scholar Sports Journalism Scholarship Program
Amount: $5,000
Eligibility: Open to all Journalism majors. Review guidelines for complete criteria
PDF iconScholarship Application
PDF iconEssay Topic  Guidelines
Deadline: March 20, 2017, 4 p.m.

Music Skanner Scholarship
Do you have a passion for music, but you are having difficulty getting yourself out there? Do you need a Music or Music Marketing Scholarship? Well, some people may not know this, but music drives the world in ways unimaginable. It is the most recognized form of expression of feelings and emotions. Someone once said, “Music is life!” That statement is very true in many ways, and that’s why we, at musicskanner.com, believe that no one should be denied the chance to compose breathtaking music for the world to hear.
Amount: $750
Info: website 
Eligibility: Submit a 1,500 word (minimum) article related to Music or any content related to Music Marketing to apply. Must be in good academic standing with your current educational institution. All essay submissions should be sent to info.musicskanner@gmail.com
Deadline: May 15, 2017

NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) and the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Freedom of Speach Public Service Announcement Contest
Amount: $2,500
Eligibility: The contest is open to college students enrolled during the 2017-2018 school year. To enter, students must submit a 30-second television or radio public service announcement (PSA) that highlights the importance of free speech and creatively addresses the question "What does freedom of speech mean to me?"
Info: website 
Entry Window: April 1-30, 2017

National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF) Scholarships (Undergraduate & Graduate)
Amount: various
Info: website
Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. or Canada and provide evidence of an aptitude for photojournalism as well as academic ability and financial need.

New Venture Seed Competition
Sponsored by the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Amount: 1st prize: $30,000, 2nd: $15,000, 3rd: $10,000, 4th: $10,000, 5th: $5,000, 6th: $5,000
Info: website 
Eligibility: All USC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: February 17, 2017, 11:59 p.m. PST.

The Gas - The Art, Science and Culture of Food Scholarship
Award for high school and college students who are interested in food and beverage and marketing.
Amount: $750
Info: website
Eligibility: Submit (a minimum of) 1500 word article related to food/drink, or involving content related to food and beverage marketing. Students pursuing Business, Marketing, Food & Drink, Communications, or IT recommended (although not required). Must have a passion for food/drink and communicate it in entry.
Deadline: May 15, 2017

The Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarship 
Amount: $5000
Information: website
Eligibility: Greek American heritage; U.S. citizenship; current full-time enrollment as a journalism or related communication major at the graduate or undergraduate level; active participation in school, community, church organizations; minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need.
Deadline: March 1, 2017

PRSSA Daniel J. Edelman/Ruth Edelman Award 
Amount: $1,500 cash award and a 3 month paid internship in one of Edelman's offices.
Info: website
Eligibility: Must be a current PRSSA member. See website for more details.

Rotary Global Grants - Graduate Students 
The Rotary Global Grant Scholar Program is designed to award college graduate-level students $30,000 to study abroad.Rotary supports international humanitarian activities and/or graduate study with sustainable high-impact outcomes in one more of the six areas of focus listed on the website. The grant is offered for any country with a Rotary club.  
Info: website

Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award
Amount: $5,000
Info: website 
Eligibility: The Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award honors USC graduate students whose undergraduate degree is from USC. Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree at USC within the last five years (2013 - 2017), completed at least three years of undergraduate coursework at USC and must currently be working towards a master’s or doctoral degree at the University of Southern California during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Deadline: December 8, 2017

RTNDA Scholarships and Fellowships
Amount: See website for details
Info: website
Eligibility: Open to full-time students (freshmen excluded) who are pursuing careers in radio television or digital journalism.
Deadline: May 31, 2017 (application period opens in February)

Sacramento Press Club Journalism Scholarships (Undergraduate & Graduate)
Amount: Seven scholarships ranging from $4,000-$8,000 
Eligibility: Scholarships are offered to college juniors, seniors or graduate students in Fall 2017 who are preparing for a career in journalism or a closely related field and who have a connection to the Sacramento region or a demonstrated passion for covering Sacramento region news (including state politics). 
Info: website
Contact: sacpressclubscholarships@gmail.com
Deadline: Applications must be submitted online no later than midnight PST on March 31, 2017 

Skull and Dagger Foundation Scholarship (Undergraduate & Graduate)
Amount: $2,500
Info: website
Contact: scholarship@skullanddagger.org  
Eligibility: Students must demonstrate significant campus and community leadership
Deadline: March 3, 2017

Slickdeals Saves U! Scholarship Contest
Amount: 2 awards up to $5,000
Eligibility: US citizen; at least 18 years of age; currently registered for a full-time undergraduate program
Information & application: website
Deadline: April 30, 2017, 11:59 pm, CT

The Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards
Amount: Contact the Society of Professional Journalists
Info: website
Eligibility: Must be a current student pursuing his/her college degree.
Deadline: January 16, 2017

The Sleeklens Academic Scholarship Program
Amount: $2000
Info & Application:  website
Deadline: March 30, 2017, 11:59 PM EST

Town and Gown Scholarship
Amount: $6,000-$10,000
Info: website
Eligibility: See website for details.

2018 TypologyCentral Personality Type Scholarship
Amount: $2000 First Prize; $500 Second Prize
Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students attending an accredited university or college and have completed at least 15 credit hours .
Info and application: website
Deadline: June 23, 2018

USC Annenberg Ilir Lita Communication Scholarship, 2017-2018
One scholarship will be awarded for the 2017-18 academic year to a USC Annenberg undergraduate Communication student with demonstrated financial need.
Amount:  $2,500 ($1,250 in fall, $1,250 in spring)
PDF iconIlir Lita Communication Scholarship 2017-2018 Application
Application Deadline:  April 28, 2017

USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Scholarship
Amount: Up to $3,000
(Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be available in October)
Information and application: website 
Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate and graduate students with a 3.0 GPA who have shown a commitment to serve the Asian Pacific community. Scholars are selected on both need and merit based criteria.

USC Black Alumni Association Scholarship
Amount: varies -- see website
Info:  website - http://sait.usc.edu/baa/inner.asp?ItemID=15
Eligibility: 2.5 GPA; 20 hours volunteer service commitment (10 hours if grad/prof); looking for mentorship, leadership development and networking from Black Alumni. 

USC Latino Alumni Association Scholarship 
Amount: Up to $5000
Info: website – http://latinoalumni.usc.edu/scholarships/
Eligibility: See website for details

USC Phi Kappa Phi 
2016 Undergraduate Summer Scholarship (open to USC sophomores and juniors [as of spring 2016] with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA, awards up to $1,000, Phi Kappa Phi membership is not required) – click PDF iconhere for flyer
PDF iconUG Summer Scholarship Application
Fellowship for First-Year Graduate or Professional Study (Open to Phi Kappa Phi members who will begin their first year of graduate or professional study between May 1, 2016 and February 1, 2017) – click PDF iconhere for flyer
PDF iconFellowship Application

Vrtrepreneur Scholarship
Amount: $1000
We’re willing to grant $1,000 to any student we believe has the potential to change the world through technology entrepreneurship. If you are interested in starting your own business, we'd love to hear from you.
Eligibility: You currently own a business, ran one in the past, or want to start a business upon graduating college. You’re passionate and ambitious. You have the willpower, work ethic, and desire to build the next great business. You are a full-time student enrolled in a two year, four year, or graduate program. This scholarship is open to all majors.
Deadline: Spring 2018 Scholarship – December 31, 2017, see website

Washington Media Scholars Program: Case Competition 
Amount: All expense paid trip to Media Scholars Week in Washington, DC
Info: www.mediascholars.org
Email: info@mediascholars.org
Eligibility: See website for details.


Amount: Up to $12,000
Info: website – aaja-la.org
e-mail – aajalalosangeles@yahoo.com
Eligibility: See website for more details.

Hispanic Public Relations Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 and $2,500
Info: website – http://www.hpra-usa.org/laR/scholarship-program/
Deadline: May 22, 2015
• Community college or university student of Hispanic descent
• Must attend a four-year college or university in California and be a Southern California native or resident
• 2.7 cumulative GPA and 3.0 major GPA
• Must be majoring in communication, public relations, journalism, advertising, or marketing

International Women in Media Scholarship
The International Women in Media Scholarship was established by Everipedia, Inc. in 2017. It aims to increase awareness of women in journalism and the media, along with the challenges they face around the world. Applicants, instead of writing an essay, will create a Wikipedia-style biography page for a woman of their choice. A sample list of women will be provided, but applicants are free to chose their own. Our scholarship offers an award of $1000 and is open to all incoming and current college students.
Amount: $1000
Deadline: July 1, 2017
Eligibility and Info: website
Contact: scholarships@everipedia.com

National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA)
Amount: $1,000 and $2,500
Info: website – https://nlgja.site-ym.com/?page=scholarships&terms=%222015+and+scholarships%22
Eligibility: Must be majoring in journalism or related field (i.e. communication)

SeniorCare.com Aging Matters Scholarship
Amount: $1500
Info and Application: website
Eligibility: All incoming freshman or existing undergraduate or graduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
Deadline: May 15th, 2017

The Society of Professional Journalists - Greater Los Angeles Chapter
Amount: Up to $1,000
Info: website  
Eligibility: See website for more details.

Academic Recognition Programs

USC Alumni Scholarships

International Fellowships

USC Grants and Scholarships