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Scholarships & Grants


Financial Assistance

Several departmental scholarships are available for students pursuing a major in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting who show academic achievement and financial need.  These scholarships are listed below. Application deadlines are usually in February, March or April for the upcoming school year.

Loans, university scholarships and part-time jobs are described in the Western Kentucky University Bulletin. Students may apply for these general scholarships as well.

Information about general university scholarships can be obtained on-line at http://www.wku.edu/financialaid/  or by writing:

Director of Admissions
117 Potter Hall
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd #11020
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101

Information about financial aid and loans can be obtained from:

Director of Financial Aid
317 Potter Hall
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY 42101-3576

 

School of Journalism & Broadcasting student development grant application and sign off sheet

Application deadlines:  By 4 p.m.CT in MMTH 216 on the Friday of the week in which these dates occur:

Nov. 15, Feb. 15 and April 15.

 

School of Journalism & Broadcasting Fellowships

Charles M. Anderson Public Broadcasting Fellowship in radio news & television production

Fellows will gain an in-depth exposure to the professional environment of WKU Public Broadcasting, working side-by-side with some of the best broadcast professionals in the nation.

Fellows will be enrolled in BCOM 491 Internship -- a 3-credit-hour course -- in either the fall or the spring semester. The Fellowship will pay the tuition for the course (in-state rate) and pay an hourly wage for the 240 hours of work necessary to meet the course requirements, plus a cash stipend.

Eligibility requirements: Minimum overall 3.2 G.P.A. and 18 hours completed in their major in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting. Submit a current resume, an application narrative, portfolio of relevant work, and 3 letters of recommendation. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed for the 2015-16 academic year and on file at WKU.

A practical exam of demonstrated professional skills may be requested.

DEADLINE: Friday, May 12, 2017  Fellowship Application

 

School of Journalism & Broadcasting Scholarships

Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Scholarship

Current SJ&B students are eligible. Award based on scholarship, leadership, involvement, and demonstration of aptitude and attitude.

Scholarship Amount: $500.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 15, 2017  Scholarship Application for Reynolds and Dear scholarships

 

Joseph A. Dear Minority Scholarship

Must be a full-time minority student, with preference given to a student who resides in a county served by Mr. Dear's group of newspapers. This area includes Henderson, Union, Webster, McLean, Simpson, and Marshall counties in Kentucky. The scholarship is renewable by current Dear Scholarship recipients who maintain their scholarship in good standing.

A Dear scholarship applicant must be self-identified with WKU as a minority student and must have declared a major in the WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 15, 2017  Scholarship Application for Reynolds and Dear scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SPECIFIC SJ&B MAJORS

Scholarships for Advertising Majors

John B. and Clarence M. Gaines Scholarship

One award for upper-class advertising major. Awarded based on scholarship, advertising

activities and professional growth. The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but is about $5,000.

The award is for the purpose of recognizing and assisting deserving Western Kentucky University students

majoring in Advertising within the School of Journalism & Broadcasting. Financial need should be considered as well as

motivation and potential for professional growth. Application forms will be available in the

spring semester at the SJ&B main office in MMTH 216. Decisions will be made in the summer.

Contact Professor Cliff Shaluta for more information.

 

Carl C. "Pat" Jordan Scholarship

One award for an advertising major. Awarded based on creativity in any area of advertising,

scholarship, advertising activities and potential for professional growth. The exact scholarship amount

is determined annually, but is about $125. Application forms will be available

in the spring semester at the SJ&B main office in MMTH 216. Contact Professor Cliff Shaluta for

more information.  Decisions are made in the summer.

  

Kerrie Stewart Memorial Scholarship

One award for an advertising major. Awarded based on scholarship, advertising activities

professional growth, citizenship and other commendable characteristics that marked the life

of Kerrie Stewart. The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but is about $200.

Application forms will be available in the spring semester at the SJ&B main office MMTH 216.

Decisions will be made in the summer.  Contact Professor Cliff Shaluta for more information.


Scholarships for Broadcasting Majors

Charles M. Anderson Scholarship in Communication and Technology

One award for a full-time sophomore, junior or senior broadcasting major with an emphasis in television/film

production or broadcast journalism. Awarded based on the personal qualities of character, integrity,

dependability, industriousness, and human compassion which produce leaders and merit the honor of the award.

Financial need is to be a consideration. The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but is about $1,000. The broadcast faculty

committee reviews applications. The review committee may also request an interview.  Applications may be obtained online or in the

SJ&B office, MMTH-216.

DEADLINE:  Friday, February 17, 2017. Scholarship Application

 

The Julian and Betty Goodman Scholarship in Broadcast Journalism

Award for full-time broadcasting majors pursuing a career in broadcast news and public affairs with at least a 3.0 GPA

and junior status at the time applications are due. Award based on evidence of academic success, potential in leadership,

possession of the personal qualities of character, integrity, concern for others, and citizenship.The exact scholarship

amount is determined annually, but is about $1,800.

Procedures for Selection and Administration of Award:

The broadcast faculty reviews applications. The faculty may also request an interview.

The committee reserves the right to divide the award between qualified applicants.

Procedures for Application:

All applications must be typed, double spaced, and must include an essay on why the student is deserving of the scholarship.

DEADLINE:  Friday, February 17, 2017. Scholarship Application


 

Bob Proctor Scholarship in Broadcasting

Award for a full-time senior broadcasting major. Awarded based on personal qualities of character, integrity,

dependability, industriousness and human compassion, which produce leaders and merit the honor of the

award. The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but is about $1,200. The selection committee

reserves the right to divide the award between qualified applicants. Applicants must complete a scholarship

application prior to the academic year for which the individual is applying. The Broadcast faculty will make the selection.

DEADLINE:  Friday, February 17, 2017. Scholarship Application

 


 

Scholarships for Film Majors or Minors

O'Neill – Locken Scholarship in Film Studies  

Recipients must be full-time students at WKU and must be pursuing a major in Film or a minor in Film Studies.

Recipients must be graduating in May of 2018 or later and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Financial need is to be an important consideration.

Materials should be delivered to:       Dr. Ted Hovet
                                                           Department of English
                                                           Cherry Hall 110c
                                                           Western Kentucky University
                                                           1906 College Heights Blvd.
                                                           Bowling Green, KY 42101
 
DEADLINE: Friday, March 10, 2017. Scholarship application will be posted soon.
 

Scholarships for Journalism Majors

For the following Journalism scholarships, contact Professor Mac McKerral or Professor Amanda Crawford for more information.

DEADLINE: April 2017.

Bryan Leigh Armstrong Memorial Scholarship

One award to a junior or senior journalism sequence major interested in a career as a writer or editor. Award based on involvement in WKU activities, leadership in student publications, demonstration of aptitude and financial need. The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but is about $250.

Carroll F. Knicely Journalism Scholarship

One award to a senior journalism sequence major exhibiting outstanding promise and interest in a career in news. The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but is about $1,000.

Frank Sutherland SPJ Journalism Scholarship

One award to a sophomore, junior or senior who is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Awarded based on demonstrated professional aptitude, participation in journalism activities, scholarship, character and need. The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but is about $800.

Louis Spilman Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, honoring former newspaper publisher Louis Spilman, is awarded to one sophomore, junior or senior journalism sequence major. The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but is about $500.

Ron Jerrell and Belinda Mason Scholarship

This scholarship is named for the first executive director and the founder of the Kentuckiana People with AIDS Coalition. The award is for one senior journalism sequence major with preference given to someone whose life has been affected in some way by the HIV virus. The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but is about $700.

Thomas R. Curran Journalism Scholarship

Three awards to junior or senior journalism sequence majors exhibiting outstanding promise in print journalism including news reporting, editing and visual presentation/design. The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but is about $3,000 per student.

Virginia Wood Davis Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to up to one sophomore, one junior and one senior journalism sequence major with at least a 3.5 overall GPA. Students must demonstrate need and show outstanding potential for a career in  journalism. The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but ranges from $1,000 to $3,000 per student.

W.T. and Ella Morris Davis Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to journalism sequence majors interested in community news journalism who demonstrate potential for academic success and possess the personal qualities of character, integrity, concern for others and for citizenship. Preference is given to students from Lyon, Hopkins or Caldwell counties in Kentucky. The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but ranges from $600 to $1,800 per student.

 


Scholarships for Photojournalism Majors

Kodak Professional Photography Scholarship

One award for a photojournalism major. Awarded based on professional ability, scholarship and leadership.

Scholarship amount: about $1,000 depending on endowment earnings. Contact Professor James Kenney

for more information.

 

Lynn Saunders Scholarship

Based on endowment earnings, one award for photojournalism majors. Awarded based on professional

ability, scholarship, and leadership. The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but is about $500.

Application materials required: portfolio, resume and 500-word essay on what photojournalism means to you.

Contact Professor James Kenney for more information.


Scholarships for Public Relations Majors

Robert G. Cochran Scholarship

One award for public relations majors/PRSSA members. Awarded based on character, leadership,

scholarship and professional development; The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but is about $1,600.  Nominated and

selected by faculty. No application needed.

 

Sara Thompson Scholarship

One award for upper-class public relations major/PRSSA member. Awarded based on character,

leadership, scholarship and professional development; The exact scholarship amount is determined annually, but is about

$1,000.  Nominated and selected by faculty. No application needed.

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