Journalism

Awards and Scholarships 

 

The Department of Journalism awards scholarships based on superior performance, financial need and academic record. Scholarship awards range up to $15,000 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 2016 SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, April 15, 2016, delivered to the Journalism Department, MZ 210.

 

The CSUN Department of Journalism announces a new $1,000 scholarship for Public Relations students, plus the $15,000 Flip Wilson Scholarship. Several other scholarships and awards are available at more than $2,000 each. All applicants must be majors in undergraduate Journalism and/or graduate students in the Mass Communication programs.

Winners will be announced in May 2016. Recipients are expected to attend the Department's annual Awards and Kappa Tau Alpha initiation event, scheduled on May 10, 2016. Also, a thank-you letter is required of all recipients. Scholarships or awards will not be given without the letter.

Eligibility criteria vary by scholarship. See forms for details. 

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS 

MANLEY WITTEN MEMORIAL AWARD – $2,500

This scholarship, honoring the late Sundial publisher, will be awarded to the best portfolio of work submitted by a journalism student, regardless of emphasis or seniority. Submissions must show creative, independent and critical-thinking ability; high ethical and research standards; diversity of subjects and people portrayed; and/or diversity of publics and communities engaged.

 

JOURNALISM PORTFOLIO SCHOLARSHIP – $2,500

Awarded for best portfolio of work submitted by a junior-level journalism undergraduate, regardless of emphasis. Submissions must show creative, independent and critical-thinking ability; high ethical and research standards; diversity of subjects and people portrayed; and/or diversity of publics and communities engaged.

 

THE FLIP WILSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $15,000

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 2016 and Spring 2017.

 

LYNNE M. DOLL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000

Awarded to a junior-level journalism major who has shown a marked capability for non-profit public relations by involvement in community and volunteer activities. The scholarship is supported by contributions from his family, friends and colleagues.

 

ROY S. AKERS JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP - $700

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 2016, and submit a 300-word essay.

 

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
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 2016, with plans to enroll in Fall 2016.

 

NATIONAL NOTARY ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS – $1,000

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 2016.

 

TOM REILLY STUDENT JOURNALISM ENTERPRISE FUND – $2,000

The Tom Reilly Student Journalism Enterprise Fund provides one or more journalism juniors and/or seniors up to $2,000 each for an enterprise project.

 

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 or Fall 2015, are eligible to apply. Invited 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.

 

LAURA M. ROTHMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – $1,250

The Laura M. Rothman Memorial Scholarships were created in the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication in memory of Laura M. Rothman, who received a BA in Art from CSUN in 1983. The student must identify objectives for the future and demonstrate merit, financial need and a 3.0 GPA. The Office of Financial Aid must establish eligibility based on financial need. 

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS

 

TOM REILLY STUDENT JOURNALISM ENTERPRISE FUND – $2,000

The Tom Reilly Student Journalism Enterprise Fund provides one or more graduate students up to $2,000 each for an enterprise project.

 

MASS COMMUNICATION STUDENT PORTFOLIO AWARD – $2,500

Awarded to the best portfolio of work by a Mass Communication graduate student. The portfolios must show creative, independent and critical-thinking ability; high ethical and research standards; diversity of subjects and people portrayed; and/or diversity of publics and communities engaged.