Journalism

Awards and Scholarships 

The Department of Journalism awards scholarships based on superior performance, financial need and academic record. Scholarship awards range up to $20,000 and are given to majors considering careers in journalism. Scholarships are available in print, broadcast, public relations, photojournalism and for graduate students.

In addition to Department awards, ongoing scholarships are sponsored by the Radio-Television Digital News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and a number of other professional organizations, national foundations and private donors.

Several of the scholarships offered through the Department are in memory of CSUN journalism alumni and students. Scholarships are funded by donations from friends, family, colleagues, professional media organizations and alumni.

A variety of scholarships are available to journalism students through a number of other professional organizations, such as the Asian American Journalism Association, the Public Relations Student Society of America, the Hispanic Public Relations Society, the California Chicano News Media Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

In addition, scholarships outside of the journalism department may be accessed at CSUN STARS Online 

NOTE: Students receiving financial aid should be aware that scholarship money they are awarded might be used by the university to repay an outstanding balance on their loan.

 

SPRING 2015 SCHOLARSHIPS

Deadline: Applications must be delivered to the Journalism Department, MZ 210, by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS 

MANLEY WITTEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR JOURNALISM UNDERGRADUATES – $2,500

This scholarship, honoring the late Sundial publisher, will be awarded to the best portfolio of work submitted by a journalism undergraduate student, regardless of emphasis or seniority.

SCHOLARSHIP FOR JOURNALISM UNDERGRADUATES – $2,500

This scholarship will be awarded to the best portfolio of work submitted by a journalism undergraduate student, regardless of emphasis or seniority.

ROY S. AKERS JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP - $750
This scholarship is open to all CSUN Journalism majors (continuing and/or transfer students) of junior or senior level academic standing. Students will submit an autobiographical sketch, be enrolled full-time with a minimum of 12 academic units remaining in Fall 2015, and submit a 300-word essay.

LISA ENDIG JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIPS – 2 at $1,500 each
Lisa Endig Journalism Writing Scholarships will be awarded to a journalism undergraduate or graduate student who shows outstanding ability in writing for broadcast or print media.
Serious consideration will be given to students who are overcoming difficulties while continuing their education.

KENNETH S. DEVOL SCHOLARSHIP – $500
Currently enrolled undergraduate Journalism majors who received an “A” or “A-” in JOUR 400, Mass Communication Law and Ethics, during the Spring, Summer or Fall 2014, are invited to apply. Eligible applicants write an essay on contemporary media law issues in California. The winning essay’s author will be honored as the Devol Scholar at the annual Awards Reception.

STEVEN FISHMAN SCHOLARSHIP - $350
Supported by friends, family and colleagues, this award is given in memory of Steven Fishman, a CSUN journalism graduate who died of cancer. The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating student who has shown strength in broadcasting sports, news or other programming and needs financial assistance to get started in a broadcasting career.

JOURNALISM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP - $500
This scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior with an interest in a career in journalism or a journalism-related field. Applicants must submit a brief essay detailing their professional and personal goals and how studying journalism will help achieve these goals. Applicants must have at least 12 units remaining at the end of Spring 2015, with plans to enroll in Fall 2015.

NATIONAL NOTARY ASSOCIATION – 2 at $1,000 each
The National Notary Association Scholarships will be awarded to junior journalism majors who demonstrate academic merit and financial need. Applicants must have at least a 2.8 GPA, and be or entering their junior year in Fall 2015.

TOM REILLY STUDENT JOURNALISM ENTERPRISE FUND – $2,000
The Tom Reilly Student Journalism Enterprise Fund provides one or more journalism juniors, seniors or graduate students, up to $2,000 each for a student project or enterprise.

FLIP WILSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $20,000
This scholarship can be used for tuition, room, board, books and fees for a student’s senior school year. Applicants must be at least a junior, have at least a 3.0 GPA and submit a 2,500- 3,000 word critical essay about Flip Wilson’s contributions to comedy or television. Applicants must be enrolled in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. 

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS 

TOM REILLY STUDENT JOURNALISM ENTERPRISE FUND – $2,000
The Tom Reilly Student Journalism Enterprise Fund provides one or more journalism juniors, seniors or graduate students, up to $2,000 each for a student project or enterprise.

SCHOLARSHIP FOR MASS COMMUNICATION GRADUATE STUDENTS – $2,500 
This scholarship will be awarded to the best portfolio of work by a Mass Communication graduate student.