The college awarded more than $285,000 in scholarships of varying amounts to 258 students for the 2011-12 academic year. Most scholarships go to upperclassmen, although some are awarded to freshmen. Most awards are made in May.
Here are the procedures students need to follow in order to be eligible for CoJMC scholarships:
Incoming freshmen and transfer students
Please follow the directions on the UNL Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid Web page. The deadline is Jan. 15 for freshmen. For transfers, the deadlines are March 1 for the fall semester and Oct. 1 for the spring semester.
Please complete the online “Scholarship Application for Current Undergraduate Students,” which can be found by logging in to MyRED. Click on the “Financial” tab at the top of the page. You’ll then see a menu at the right; click on “Scholarship Application.” The deadline is Feb. 1.
Returning students must apply each year to be considered for CoJMC scholarships.
Returning students also may apply for several unique awards:
The Dana and Lynn Roper Sports Writing Competition: Information will be available in November each year with a January deadline for applications. Winners will be announced in April.
The George and Eva Grimes Memorial Fund to assist with overseas travel: Information will be available in January each year with applications due March 1.
The Abe and Belle Lieberman Prize for Excellence in Reporting: Information will be available in January each year. One senior student will be chosen to receive the $1,000 award in April.
Additional scholarships available outside the university
- The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences -- Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the accounting firm, Ernst & Young, have created this $10,000 scholarship to support and encourage college students to go into the field of children's television. The scholarship is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students who can demonstrate a commitment to two of the following: early childhood education, child development/psychology, film or television production, music or animation. There is an extenisve application form to fill out. More information on the scholarship and access to the form is at www.emmys.tv, or call 818-754-2800.
- Peter Agris Memorial Scholarships. Five scholarships of $5,000 are available to journalism or communications graduate and undergraduate students of Greek American heritage.
- American Advertising Federation Scholarship: AAF provides a limited number of full scholarships based on academic merit to students from under-represented minority populations.
- American Copy Editors Society Scholarships. All ACES scholarships are for potential professional copy editors. The scholarships are open to students who will be juniors, seniors or graduate students in the fall, and graduating students who will take full-time copy editing jobs or internships.
- American Society of Newspaper Editors. Comprehensive listing of various journalism scholarships from ASNE.
- Asian American Journalist Association. AAJA offers a variety of scholarships.
- Association for Women in Sports Media Scholarship. AWSM offers an annual scholarship program for female college students who plan to pursue careers in any sports communications fields: writing, copy editing, public relations, broadcasting, Internet or photography. Winners in each category receive a $1,000 scholarship.
- The Association of Young Journalists and Writers. The $2,000 Journalism Studies Scholarship is for undergraduate through Ph.D.-level students studying journalism.
- CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California Scholarship. Open to residents of California only.
- Chips Quinn Scholars Program. Sponsored by the Freedom Forum, the program offers journalism students of color hands-on training, paid internships and $1,000 awards. Candidates must be nominated by the college to be considered for the program. Recent graduates are also encouraged to apply.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education -- David W. Miller Award. Candidates may apply for the annual $2,000 prize award by submitting up to three samples of published work accompanied by a one-page letter describing the articles and why they were chosen for submission. Candidates for the award must have been undergraduate students at the time of their submitted articles were published. The samples of published work must have appeared in a campus publication during the preceding academic year.
- Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists.
- Freedom Forum -- Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship. The Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship and Conference Program annually awards $1,000 college scholarships to each of 102 high school seniors (a male and female from each state and the District of Columbia) who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of "free spirit."
- The Freedom Forum -- NCAA Foundation Sports Journalism Scholarship. Eight $3,000 journalism scholarships will be awarded to current full-time juniors who have career interests in sports journalism.
- Landmark Communications Scholars Program. For minority sophomore-level students interested in print journalism. This program awards $10,000 over two years and provides internships as well as a one-year job commitment after graduation.
- National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, D.C. Chapter -- Betty Endicott Scholarship. NATAS-DC will award two $5,000 scholarships to full-time college sophomores, juniors or non-graduating seniors with a declared major in communications, television or broadcast journalism.
- National Association Black Journalists Sustaining Scholarship Awards. This competition for two four-year sustaining scholarships is open to any graduating foreign or U.S. high school senior who plans to pursue a career in journalism.
- National Association of Hispanic Journalists Scholarships. Open to high school grads, college and graduate students who are interested in a career in broadcast, photojournalism or print journalism.
- The National Italian American Foundation. Scholarships open to Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements or those students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field, who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements.
- National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award.
- National Press Club -- Persina Scholarship for Minorities in Journalism. Renewable scholarship for $2,500 per year for up to four years. For minority students planning to pursue a career in journalism.
- The Nebraska Press Association Scholarship. Scholarships are for students from Nebraska who intend to work in journalism-related fields. Deadline is Feb. 10.
- The Nebraska Press Women Scholarship. The organization offers two scholarships each year to students attending Nebraska colleges or universities.
- The Newspaper Guild -- The David S. Barr Award. The David S. Barr Award is intended to recognize one high school and one college student for their journalistic achievement and to encourage young journalists to focus on issues of social justice.
- The Overseas Press Club of America Foundation. Aspiring foreign correspondents and students interested in international journalism are encouraged to apply for OPC Foundation's scholarship. The winners receive $2,000 checks each.
- Radio Television and News Directors Association and Foundation. RTNDA and RTNDF honor professional achievements in electronic journalism through numerous prestigious awards, scholarships, fellowships and internship programs.
- Joseph R. Slevin Award. Spendable Income from the Joseph R. Slevin Award Fund provides one or more annual scholarships for students in the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism who obtain full-time summer internships in the area of political or economic reporting.
- South Asian Journalists Association Scholarships. The South Asian Journalists Association awards one $500 scholarship to a high school senior about to enter college and one $500 scholarship to a college student.
- SPJ -- Sigma Delta Chi Journalism Scholarships. The SDX Foundation of Washington, the educational arm of the Washington, D. C., Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, will be awarding scholarships totaling up to $15,000 to full-time juniors or seniors.