2021 SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
This year, the CSUN Department of Journalism offers 11 scholarships and awards to undergraduate and graduate students, including the $14,000 Flip Wilson Scholarship. Several others are available at up to $4,000. All applicants must be undergraduate Journalism majors or graduate students in the Mass Communication program.
Winners will be announced at the Department's annual Awards Reception and Kappa Tau Alpha initiation event, which will take place virtually in late May 2021. All recipients must send a thank-you letter to donors to receive their scholarships and awards.
Completed applications must be submitted, no later than 5 p.m., Friday, March 26, with any pertinent attachments, via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name in the subject line and address your application to the Journalism Department Scholarship Committee. Note: Applications require electronic signatures. See forms for eligibility criteria and requirements.
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 the late comedian Flip Wilson’s contributions to comedy or television. Applicants must be enrolled in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.
Named after an aspiring journalism student who passed away in 1979, this honors the best portfolio of work submitted by a journalism student, with at 3.0 GPA or better who demonstrate exceptional leadership and community service. Submissions must show “great enthusiasm and promise for a career in broadcasting, reporting, editing, multimedia, social media, design and photojournalism, as well as community and participatory media.”
Named for the late KCSN news director, this honors the 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.
Named for the late Sundial publisher, this honors 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.
Named for the late faculty member and longtime department chair, this scholarship provides funding to support project or enterprise, which is part of a student’s curriculum. Journalism majors / Mass Communication graduate students eligible. Must be at least a junior, full-time status. Preference: Projects/ enterprises that engage news reporting and presentation.
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 2021.
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.
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.
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 her family, friends and colleagues.
Awarded to junior or senior journalism majors who are interested in a career in journalism, including broadcast, magazine, newspaper, public relations or photojournalism. Applicants must submit a brief essay detailing their professional and personal goals and how studying journalism will help to achieve those goals. Applicants must have at least 12 units remaining at the end of the spring 2021 semester, with plans to enroll in the fall 2021 semester. Spanish-language applicants are welcome.
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 2021, and submit a 300-word essay.