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The Department of Journalism at UW Oshkosh offers students the opportunity to apply for eight department scholarships.

Students are also encouraged to apply for several state and national scholarships.

Department Scholarships, Fellowship and Awards

All scholarship applications are available at uwosh.academicworks.com

Dave Engels Journalism Scholarship

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2016 {for 2017-18 award}

Contact: Department of Journalism Office or Dr. Gleason, Chair

“The Dave Engels Journalism Scholarship will be awarded to deserving journalism students whose personal and professional qualities mirror the commitment to the field of reporting that Dave embodied. Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 to fully endow this scholarship. Thanks to generous donations from his family and friends and UW Oshkosh alumni and faculty, we have advanced slightly more than 75 percent toward meeting that goal. Once the fund is endowed, earnings from the fund will support this scholarship. Therefore, every dollar contributed to the fund will allow for a greater annual scholarship award in Dave’s name.” – David Backmann, 1978 UW Oshkosh Journalism graduate

Please click here to see how you can contribute to the Dave Engels Journalism Scholarship.

Orville C. Sherman Journalism Scholarship

Deadline: Journalism student(s): Oct. 15, 2016  to be applied for 2017-2018 academic year.

Contact: Department of Journalism Office or Dr. Gleason, chair

Orville C. Sherman was a student with a passion for journalism. During his time at the Oshkosh State Teachers College in the 1930s, now the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Sherman was the editor-in-chief of The Advance, the college newspaper.

Whenever Sherman was in town to visit his family, he’d also stop by the Alumni Office just to say ‘hello’ and talk about UW Oshkosh and how he remembered it. He gave money because he was interested in keeping in touch and finding out what’s going on around campus.” – Jean Nelson, former alumni director

This award will be announced every other year at the Spring Honors & Awards Ceremony with the award amount credited to the recipient’s fall tuition obligation incurred at UWO. The value of scholarship awards will be determined annually by the selection committee with the UW Oshkosh Foundation and will be based upon income available for this purpose.

Applicants for this scholarship must be full-time journalism students at UW Oshkosh and must demonstrate financial need by submitting the financial aid form currently used by UW Oshkosh.

Gary Coll Journalism Fellowship

Amount: Maximum amount of $250 per student

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2016 for fall; Feb. 20, 2017 for spring

Contact: Department of Journalism Office or Dr. Gleason, chair

The fellowship was set-up in honor of Professor Coll’s many years of contributions to the department and his richly deserved reputation as a student-centered professor. He was chosen by the university as a Distinguished Teacher in 2003. Coll served as department chair, published two books and was the adviser of the department’s honor society. He retired in 2005.

The Fellowship is designed to help UW Oshkosh journalism students expand their horizons by providing financial assistance for taking advantage of professional opportunities outside the area. Specifically, the fellowship funding would be used to partially cover travel and related expenses for students who might not otherwise be able to take advantage of an internship opportunity/job shadow at a prominent journalism organization in a distant city, take part in a conference in the discipline of journalism or attend an academic competition for journalism students.

Diversity in Journalism Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2016 {for 2017-18 award}

Contact: Department of Journalism Office or Dr. Gleason, chair

Established as a way to support and promote the educational advancement of minority students in journalism at UW Oshkosh.

The applicant must be a minority as defined by federal affirmative action guidelines. The ethnicities include American Indian or Alaska native, African American/black, Hispanic/Latino and Asian or Pacific Islander. He or she should be an incoming freshman or a new transfer student and must have demonstrated intent to pursue a career in journalism through participation in high school, college and/or other news media and declare journalism as his or her major, and demonstrate the potential for academic achievement at UW Oshkosh.

The applicant should describe in an essay (500 words) his or her interest in participating in student media or other news media while at UW Oshkosh in order to enhance his or her preparation for a career in journalism. Financial need may be considered as a deciding factor after other criteria are met.

The Griffith Scholarship for Creative Portfolios in Journalism

Amount: $500

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2016 {for 2017-18 award}

Contact: Department of Journalism Office or Dr. Gleason, chair

Jeff Griffith, a 1987 graduate of the department, established this yearly scholarship to promote the creative work of advertising students.

Applicant must be a Journalism major with at least one full semester of classes remaining before graduation. GPA is not crucial for this scholarship. The portfolio must demonstrate excellent skills at critical thinking, writing and/or visual proficiency and contain more than just class assignments and be neatly arranged, preferably in a 3-ring binder, for submission.

E. Garner Horton Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Approximately $250

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2016 {for 2017-18 award}

Contact: Department of Journalism Office or Dr. Gleason, chair
Mr. Horton was a member of the UW Oshkosh administration and faculty from 1963 to 1983. He was coordinator of public relations and executive director of communication services and taught public relations courses as a member of the department until his retirement.

He also was executive director of Northeastern Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association (NEWSPA), an organization available to assist high school newspapers and yearbooks with their publications by hosting an annual contest and annual conference held on campus. He died in September 1988. His family and friends established this memorial in his honor.

Applicant must be a junior or senior majoring in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and have at least a 3.0 overall GPA. He or she should have a strong career interest in public relations and exhibit an understanding and a commitment to the professional standards that are expected of PR practitioners.

David J. Lippert Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1000 or two $500

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2016 {for 2017-18 award}

Contact: Department of Journalism Office or Dr. Gleason, chair

Dr. Lippert came to UW Oshkosh to head the journalism department in 1966 and served as chair until his untimely death in 1983 in an automobile accident. The success of the department and that of the college newspaper, The Advance-Titan, was due to Lippert’s guidance.

In 1977 he gained accreditation for the UW Oshkosh Journalism program. Lippert was a well-known newsman in Wisconsin, active in many organizations. His family established the memorial in this honor.

The applicant is a junior or senior student majoring in journalism with the emphasis in writing/editing. They must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA with a strong career interest in newspapers and an understanding of the commitment a journalist makes to the ideal of responsible journalism.

Virginia A. Sokolowski Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Approximately $250

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2016 {for 2017-18 award}

Contact: Journalism Department Office or Dr. Gleason, chair

Jinny graduated from the Journalism Department, news-editorial sequence, in June 1985 and worked as a reporter until her death in 1987, due to a rare disease that deteriorates the muscles. Her family and friends established the memorial in her honor.

The applicant is a junior or senior majoring in journalism with the emphasis in writing/editing, and has at least a 3.0 overall GPA. He or she must have a strong career interest in professional journalism, evidenced by experience on the staff of the Advance-Titan or other newspaper or by the intention to seek and hold a student internship on a newspaper staff. Such evidence shall be substantiated by submission of clips of news articles, features, columns, editorials or other appropriate journalistic expressions or by correspondence or contact with a member of a newspaper staff regarding an internship.

State Scholarships

Greater Milwaukee Journal Foundation Walter Jay and Clara Charlotte Damn Scholarship

Applicants must:

  • Be a full-time continuing student pursuing a career radio, television, journalism or other news and entertainment communication media.
  • Have applied for a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the FAFSA must indicate financial need.
  • Selection is based on demonstrated financial need and scholastic ability. Although there is no specific grade requirement, the recipient should show scholastic ability based on high school or college transcripts as a measure of academic performance and ability to succeed.
  • All other criteria being met, preference is given to students who have a current relationship (a relative of active or retired, full or part-time employees) with Journal Media Group or the Milwaukee broadcast operations (WTMJ-TV, WTMJ-AM, WKTI-FM) of the E.W. Scripps Company.
  • The geographic area is open but it is not intended for international students.
  • In accepting this scholarship, the recipient agrees that his/her name, academic level and course of study/major may be shared with scholarship’s donor.

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WHPRMS Carol Scaife Memorial Scholarship

Purpose: To provide a college student interested in healthcare marketing and public relations an opportunity to learn more about the profession and network with individuals in the field.

Submit:

  • A resume
  • An essay of 1000 words or less expressing interest in and a commitment to healthcare marketing and public relations
  • A receipt of accomplishments, honors and awards
  • Two letters of reference

Deadline: Application must be submitted before May 1

Application: Available in the Department of Journalism

WNA Foundation Scholarships

Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) Foundation scholarships are available annually for print journalism students working toward their associate or baccalaureate degrees. Two $1500 scholarships annually are awarded at the WNA annual convention held in January/February.

Scholarship guidelines:

WNA Foundation Scholarship applications are accepted in the fall. Applicants should demonstrate a solid interest in print journalism. Students should send a personal letter with the application listing their academic interests and record, internship information and other pertinent information.

Applicants will be considered based on their academic record, financial need, past involvement in student or other newspapers and potential for a career in newspapers.

Students with interests in reporting, editing, advertising, photography, graphics, circulation, marketing or any other aspect of newspapers may apply.

Applicants must include a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or department chair.

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National Scholarships and Fellowships

Asian American Journalist Association - Training Fellowship and Scholarships for All Ethnicities

VOICES serves as a multimedia journalism training fellowship for college and graduate students, as well as a leadership program for mid-career journalists. The program is a recruiting tool to increase diversity in newsrooms. The most promising students will be selected and given the opportunity to build skills and develop their published work.

Up to 20 applicants will be selected to cover the convention, July 24-29, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with travel and hotel accommodations provided. Students will be paired with professional journalists as their mentors and be expected to produce and complete news assignments in advance of the convention.

Students will produce a convention publication based on reporting completed before the convention and on-site in Philadelphia. Written stories, videos, podcasts and digital content will appear on the VOICES website. Students will also be expected to attend required recruiting events at the convention and have the opportunity to improve their portfolios and interviewing skills.

Apply before April 10.

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The AAJA also has a variety of scholarships available. Deadlines to apply vary greatly. Learn more at http://www.aaja.org/apply-for-a-scholarship-now/.

 

Alpha Omega Council

The Alpha Omega Council is offering $5000 scholarships to graduate and undergraduate journalism or communication students who are of Greek heritage. Applicants must be a full-time student with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must also be active participants in school, community or church organizations and must demonstrate a financial need. The deadline is in March.

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Associated Press Sports Editors Scholarship

The Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), a national organization of sports editors, is awarding four $1500 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 records, financial need and geography.

The scholarships will be awarded to students from four different regions of the United States. The winners will be chosen by the APSE scholarship committee, which is chaired by Joe Sullivan, sports editor of the Boston Globe and includes editors from all sections of the United States. Deadline is June 1.

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 could also be sections the student has edited) using either links or PDFs

Email information to Joe Sullivan at jtsullivan@globe.com with “APSE Scholarship” in subject line.

Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Four scholarships of $4000 for college students pursuing a career in the television industry. Applicants must have attained senior level status, be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program or be enrolled in a graduate degree program that term.

Deadline to apply is usually in April.

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