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Financial Assistance

Several departmental scholarships are available for students pursuing a major in the School of Media 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.

NOTE: Please apply at https://wku.academicworks.com/ to apply for all the scholarships listed below. In addition, you MUST ALSO apply as directed by each individual scholarship and department. You may disregard the Feb. 1st deadline at Academic Works and apply for the below scholarships as directed by their individual deadlines.

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 Media student development grant application and sign off sheet

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

Nov. 15, Feb. 15 and April 15.

 

School of Media Internship Grant Program

Scholarship Amount:  Up to $1,200

The School of Media is offering grants of up to $1,200 for students doing

internships for credit and who are not being paid. All majors in the School are eligible: JOUR, PJ,
BCOM, FILM.
The grant guidelines are:
• the student must be enrolled in an SJ&B Internship class for credit (no audits).
• the internship must be unpaid, meaning the student is receiving no compensation in any form
from the internship grantor. That includes stipends, freelance work payment, etc.
• the grant will be distributed to the student upon completion of the internship with a grade of
“C” or higher and completion of all requirements in the course syllabi with regard to filing
reports, evaluations, etc.

DEADLINE: May 13, 2019    Scholarship Application

 

Billie P. Hatcher Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $1,000

The recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student at Western Kentucky University and majoring in Journalism or Photojournalism.

First preference will be given to residents or graduates from Allen County, Kentucky.

Although this award is not automatically renewable, recipients may reapply for consideration in future years.

The recipient must possess the personal qualities of character, integrity, dependability, industriousness and human
compassion which produce leaders and merit the honor of this award. 

DEADLINE: April 1st, 2019  Scholarship Application

 

School of Media Scholarships

Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Scholarship

Current School of Media students are eligible. Award based on scholarship, leadership, involvement, and demonstration of aptitude and attitude.

Scholarship Amount: $500.

DEADLINE: April 1st, 2019  Scholarship Application 

 

 

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 Media.

DEADLINE: April 1st, 2019  Scholarship Application


 

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SPECIFIC SCHOOL OF MEDIA MAJORS

 

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, JRH-216.

DEADLINE:  4:15 p.m. CT, February 22, 2019.  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:  4:15 p.m. CT, February 22, 2019. 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:  4:15 p.m. CT, February 22, 2019. Scholarship Application

 

Terry Climer Scholarship in Broadcasting

Award for a full-time broadcasting major with at least a 2.5 overall GPA. Awarded based on personal qualities of character, integrity,

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

award. The selected candidate for the Terry Climer Scholarship must give evidence of academic success and be residents of Wilson, Davidson, Rutherford, Putnam, Smith,

Trousdale, Macon, Dekalb, Williamson, Cheatham, Robertson, Bedford, Marshall, Jackson, Sumner, Cannon, White, Warren, or Coffee counties in Tennessee. 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:  4:15 p.m. CT, February 22, 2019. Scholarship Application

 

The Ken and Helen Given 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.

DEADLINE:  4:15 p.m. CT, February 22, 2019. 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 8, 2019. Scholarship Application
 

Scholarships for Journalism Majors

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

DEADLINE: April 16, 2019. Scholarship Application

 

(Note: The Amounts for these scholarships are estimates and could change. Scholarship Awards are for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.)

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. Scholarship amount: $250

Carroll F. Knicely Journalism Scholarship

One award to a senior journalism sequence major exhibiting outstanding promise and interest in a career in news. Scholarship amount: $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. Scholarship amount: $800.

Louis Spilman Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, honoring former newspaper publisher Louis Spilman, is awarded to one sophomore, junior or senior journalism sequence major. Scholarship amount: $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. Scholarship amount: $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. Scholarship amount: $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. Scholarship Amount: $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. Scholarship amount: $600 to $1,800 per student.

 

 

 

 


Scholarships for Photojournalism Majors

The Photojournalism Program at WKU has several scholarship opportunities for majors at every class level. The following internal scholarship materials are due at the Photojournalism Program Coordinator’s office no later than March 15 of each year. The award is announced by April 15. The awards will be distributed the following academic fall and spring semesters per each individual distribution requirements.

 
Application checklist for the March 15 deadline to the coordinators office:
  • Should have completed the TopDollar application source by February 1.
  • Submit one cover page clearly stating which scholarship(s) you are applying for, your academic standing next semester (Junior/Senior, etc), your current GPA and your Hours earned to date as well as a printout of your current college transcript.
  • Submit one 500-word essay about why you have chosen photojournalism as a career and how the scholarship could help you in your photographic journey.
  • Submit one portfolio. (an online link provided in cover letter or in printed form is acceptable)
  • Submit your current résumé.

NOTE:  The number and award amount of scholarships are for general information purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of what you will receive if selected. Actual award amounts vary based on students’ individual eligibility, funds available, and other factors which determine the amount of the actual award.

 

George & Francis Tames Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Amount: Four scholarships distributed at approximately $2,000 each [Varies]

Eligibility: Must be accepted in the photojournalism sequence

This scholarship was established by a generous endowment by George and Frances Tames in 2012 to help support the continuing education of a WKU student majoring in the field of photojournalism. The award is looking for students that possess, in the opinion of the Photojournalism Program faculty, personal qualities which produce leaders and merit the honor of this award. Financial need is a consideration but not a determining factor.

Eligible recipients must be a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior that has been admitted to the Photojournalism program within the School of Journalism and Broadcasting in Potter College of Arts and Letters. The student must be enrolled in at least one course required in the Photojournalism program at the time the award is received.

George Tames was a native of Washington, D.C. and he spent his life documenting the political scene in and around the country’s Capitol. His career began in 1940 when he began working as a freelance photojournalist gaining access to various Capitol Hill occupants. As his worked improved, so did the level of his assignments.

He has been acknowledged by his peers as the dean of White House Photographers photographing 10 President’s from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to George H.W. Bush. Perhaps his most famous image came from the Oval Office when he captured a pensive John F. Kennedy from behind, silhouetted in the office’s windows.

Upon Tames’ death, his negatives were donated to the Photojournalism Foundation which in-turn, passed them along to the University of Texas’ Briscoe Center for American History. His archive is available for research purposes. His book,  Eye on Washington: The President’s Who’ve Known Me, was published in 1990 and copies are still available.

 

 

Michael L. Morse Endowment Fund

Scholarship Amount:  Approximately $1,500 [Varies]

Eligibility: Must be accepted in the photojournalism sequence

This scholarship was established by a generous endowment by Michael and Louise Morse in 2012 to help support the continuing education of a WKU student majoring in the field of photojournalism. The award is looking for students that possess, in the opinion of the Photojournalism Program faculty, personal qualities which produce leaders and merit the honor of this award. Financial need is a consideration but not a determining factor.

Eligible recipients must be a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior that has been admitted to the Photojournalism program within the School of Journalism and Broadcasting in Potter College of Arts and Letters. The student must be enrolled in at least one course required in the Photojournalism program at the time the award is received.

Michael (Mike) Lynn Morse was born June 22, 1944. Mr. Morse began his life on the Hill when he studied Mass Communication as an undergrad and worked as a member of the Talisman student publications staff. In 1972, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.

His time at WKU continued when he became a professor of Journalism and Broadcasting, specializing in Photojournalism. While at WKU, Mr. Morse made a major impact when he and former WKU professor David Sutherland began the Mountain Workshops, WKU’s annual photojournalism workshops that teach the craft of storytelling through a variety of media. In 1976, Mr. Morse and Mr. Sutherland took a dozen photojournalism students into eastern Kentucky and Tennessee to document the 11 remaining one-room schools there. Since that time, the Mountain Workshops have visually documented at least 30 communities in Kentucky and north-central Tennessee, and hundreds of photojournalists have had the opportunity to shoot thousands of images showing the communities and people of places such as Burkesville, Hopkinsville, and Somerset in Kentucky and Celina and Lafayette in Tennessee.

In addition to teaching and mentoring, Mr. Morse is also an author of several books published during his career that capture Kentucky history through photographs. Mike is a recipient of the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Summit Award by the WKU Alumni Association, a Herald Award Winner, and husband to Mrs. Norma Louise Morse.

After many years teaching and serving as Director of the Photojournalism Program, Mr. Morse retired from WKU. To forever support and encourage young photojournalists, Mike established the Michael L. Morse Endowment Fund. Through this fund, Mr. Morse’s positive impact in the lives of WKU students will continue in perpetuity.

 

 


Larry Powell Endowment Fund

Scholarship Amount: Approximately $1,500 [Varies]

Eligibility: Must be accepted in the photojournalism sequence

This scholarship was established by a generous endowment by Larry and Betty Powell in 2012 to help support the continuing education of a WKU student majoring in the field of photojournalism. The award is looking for students that possess, in the opinion of the Photojournalism Program faculty, personal qualities which produce leaders and merit the honor of this award. Financial need is a consideration but not a determining factor.

Eligible recipients must be a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior that has been admitted to the Photojournalism program within the School of Journalism and Broadcasting in Potter College of Arts and Letters. The student must be enrolled in at least one course required in the Photojournalism program at the time the award is received.

The following is an excerpt from a story published in the College Heights Herald.

Although Larry Powell was in great pain due to a head injury he had obtained during his time in the Vietnam War, he still kept those around him at the highest priority. So when a water line in his farmhouse backyard needed fixing, he wanted to to repair it for his family. 
Powell had spent 15 years in and out of hospitals and the injury had become more severe causing him to go to Duke Hospital. Before he left, he went out to dig and repair the water line on equipment that jarred his head and back further.

“He did it because that’s the type of person he was,” his wife Betty Powell said. “He wouldn’t let us go without water.”

After surgeries that Betty Powell said saved his life, the couple moved to Bowling Green for Betty to receive her undergraduate degree at WKU.
Larry Powell began volunteering at WKU. He never received a paycheck or had a professor’s status. However, his friends and colleagues said Powell was a key member of the photojournalism program.

While at WKU, Larry enrolled in the basic photography class in 1985, taught by Dave LaBelle, who is now director of the photojournalism program at Kent State University.

LaBelle said in no time, he could tell that Larry was interested in photography. Within six months, Larry began volunteering as a lab manager. He stayed in this position for 10 years.

“Photojournalism and WKU may have saved his life,” LaBelle said. “He found a purpose in the program and found a place to put his energy.”

Mike Morse, former director of the photojournalism program, said Larry Powell mentored many students in the same way a teacher would. Morse said Larry was a blessing to the photojournalism program because he arrived at the same time the program was being built.

Morse said the program didn’t start with a lot of resources, so they built the program on heart rather than money. Because the program was in its infancy, students were encouraged to take a lot of ownership and were not only required to be learners but contributors. Morse said Larry Powell embodied these ideas and used them to help make the program successful.

As a lab manager, Larry Powell influenced and interacted with several photojournalism students. One student, Ken Harper, who is now a professor of multimedia photojournalism and design at Syracuse University, initially met Powell while touring WKU and then became one of his lab assistants.

Harper said Larry was a father figure to many students in the lab and was the first person people would go to for advice. Harper said he had a deep understanding of the world and often offered students invaluable lessons about that understanding.

With all the work Larry Powell did for WKU, including serving on a Foundation board with Morse, he was never an official employee. Harper said Larry was a man of service and believed in helping others even when it didn’t benefit himself. He said the camaraderie inside the program was more important to Larry and he was reimbursed through the students, energy and experiences.

“He loved his job, and we loved him for having it,” Harper said.

Throughout his time at WKU, Larry Powell also helped with the Mountain Workshops while working on individual projects. In 1995, Larry published a book entitled Hunger of the Heart: Communion at the Wall.

 

 

9/11 Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Amount: Approximately $800 [Varies]

Eligibility:
Must be accepted in the photojournalism sequence

This Scholarship Fund is administered by the College Heights Foundation as an endowed account.  This fund was established following the events of September 11, 2001. The award is looking for students that possess, in the opinion of the Photojournalism Program faculty, personal qualities which produce leaders and merit the honor of this award. Financial need is a consideration but not a determining factor.
 
Eligible recipients must be enrolled as a part-time or full-time student at Western Kentucky University and be a Photojournalism major.
 
Scholarship is to be granted to the recipient for the purpose of travel expenses for a designated Photojournalism project, judged to be beneficial to the student in attaining comprehension and experiences not otherwise possible.
 
Although this award is not automatically renewable, recipients may reapply for consideration in future years. Recipient must possess the personal qualities of character, integrity, dependability, industriousness and human compassion which produce leaders and merit the honor of this award. Applicants must complete an online WKU scholarship application prior to the published deadline each yea
 
 


David Cooper Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $500

Eligibility: WKU Photojournalism major



Kodak Professional Photography Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: Approximately $500 [Varies]

Eligibility: Rising senior photojournalism major


This scholarship was initiated by the Eastman Kodak Company in 1989 as an endowed fund to “recognize the best photography majors (within the WKUPJ program) at a key point in their college career and encourage them to continue in the profession.”

Eligible participants must have declared and be accepted into the WKU photojournalism program at the time of the award decision. The scholarship is awarded only to full-time (minimum of 12 hours) students who have completed at least one-year of college work and have at least one full year of work remaining before graduation at the Bachelor level. The award (which averages approximately $500) is divided equally between the fall and spring semesters and applied towards your tuition. You must maintain a full-time enrollment both semesters to receive the full amount of the award.

Scholarship recipients are selected by the faculty within the photojournalism program and are based only upon excellence. Considerations are given to grade-point average, photo course work, portfolio review, creative and technical ability, initiative, extra-curricular activity experiences, communications ability, leadership ability and faculty recommendations

 

 


Lynn DeLaney Saunders Scholarship FundValue: Approximately $400 [Varies]

Eligibility:
Rising senior photojournalism major

This scholarship was established thru the philanthropy of the Scripps Howard Foundation after the untimely car-accident death in 1999 of WKU PJ graduate Lynn Saunders.

The recipient must be a full-time rising senior at Western Kentucky University and pursuing a degree in photojournalism. The recipient must also be maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.5.

The award (approximately $400) is given (as selected by the WKUPJ faculty) to the student who produces the best photo story in the 12 months preceding the scholarship application deadline. The photo story does not need to be published, but each photo must be accompanied by a caption and a maximum 500-word description of the project.

In a 1999 article published in the Bremerton Sun, where Saunders’ was a photojournalist, colleague and close friend Elena Castañeda wrote:

“It didn’t occur to me that Lynn DeLaney Saunders might die when I first heard about her car accident Thursday morning. Lynn was a fighter. My heart told me that she could make it through anything.

You know Lynn as a Sun photographer. Her pictures captured other people’s joys and heartaches. What you may not know is how Lynn coped with her own life’s struggles. Let me tell you a story about Lynn that will help you understand the depth of this women.”

Castañeda continued to explain how the two of them traveled to Nicaragua covering a story about a local high school mission trip.

“Lynn and I lived like the students, … it was easy for me …. Lynn loved it, too, but traipsing around an undeveloped island was not easy for her.

Lynn lost her sense of balance as a young woman. She had to overcome this loss in part through using her sight – standing upright so she could see where she was stepping. …

Lynn wasn’t one to ask for help, but she needed me to carry cameras one day … as we made it to a secluded part of a river, she began to fall.

Lynn broke into tears after one hard fall. As her friend, my heart broke for her. But I was also a little angry. Why did she insist on a career that posed tremendous obstacles for her? It wasn’t the first time that I feared for her safety.

She dried her tears and picked herself up, as she must have done a thousand times before.

And she said something I will never forget. She told me her tears weren’t shed out of self-pity. Lynn said they were tears for people she knew – loved ones and those she photographed – who would never stand on those rocks and wash their clothes in that river. She was sorry that they would never witness what she was seeing that day.

As the reality of Lynn’s accident and death sink in – it’s still hard for me to believe – I’ll be thinking of Lynn when struggles creep into my own life.

Falling down is OK. Tears are fine, too. But I hope my sense of life’s blessings will overwhelm my troubles, as they always did for Lynn.”

Donations to this scholarship fund may be sent to Lynn Delaney Saunders Memorial Scholarship, c/o The Scripps Howard Foundation, P.O. Box 5380, Cincinnati, OH 45201-5380.



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

Contact Professor James Kenney for more information.

 

 

External Scholarships & Grants

 






 

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The School of Media at WKU is ACEJMC accredited for majors in Broadcasting, Journalism and Photojournalism.

 


 


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