Financial Aid and Scholarship Aid From the University of Maryland

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National Scholarships Office.The National Scholarships Office is committed to helping students of the University of Maryland identify, apply for, and win national scholarships and fellowships in their pursuit of higher education. We also help students find research opportunities in their fields of study.


Scholarships From Outside Sources

Although the Merrill College attempts to keep this information up-to-date, please double check the websites to make sure the scholarships are still being offered and their deadlines.

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 graduating seniors who are continuing on to graduate school and graduate students (Masters/Ph.D.) Applicants must demonstrate a commitment – through coursework or experience – to any combination of at least two of the following fields:

•    early childhood education
•    child development/child psychology
•    film/television production
•    music
•    animation
•    production of cross-platform entertainment

Applicant must have the ultimate goal of working in children’s media. Deadline is early February.
Find out more information on the scholarship.

Peter Agris Memorial Scholarships. Five scholarships of $5,000 are available to journalism or communications graduate and undergraduate students of Greek American heritage. March 1 Deadline.

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. Late November deadline.

American Society of Newspaper Editors. Comprehensive listing of various journalism scholarships from ASNE via schooljournalism.org.

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 John Bayliss Broadcast Foundation. Juniors, seniors and graduate-level broadcast majors are encouraged to apply for the Bayliss Radio Scholarship.

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.


Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists. For nearly three decades, the Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award has recognized the contributions to journalism of both Ev Clark and Seth Payne. The Award is intended to encourage young science writers by recognizing outstanding reporting and writing in any field of science. The winner will receive $1,000 and expenses to attend the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the New Horizons briefing of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) in October.

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.”

Garden State Scholastic Press Association. Two scholarships are available from GSSPA for New Jersey high school students.

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Chesapeake Bay Chapter — Betty Endicott Scholarship. NATAS-DC will award scholarships ranging from $1000 to $5000 to full-time college sophomores, juniors or non-graduating seniors with a declared major in communications, television or broadcast journalism. March application with May announcement – check website for announcement.

National Association of 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. NABJ offers a number of additional scholarships as well. February deadline.


The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. Offers two scholarships for African American students whose major can include journalism. March deadlines.

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. March 1 deadline.

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. Must have a membership in NIAF to apply and an ancestor who immigrated to the U.S. from Italy.

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award. Leroy F. Aarons and the Kay Longcope scholarships are awarded annually to students who demonstrate a commitment to providing fair and accurate coverage of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. These annual scholarships are presented in honor of two prominent journalists. Applications will be available in late February.
They will also have the Kay Longcope Scholarship which will be available at the same time.

National Press Club — Persina Scholarship for Minorities in Journalism. Renewable scholarship for $2,500 per year for up to 4 years. For minority students planning to pursue a career in journalism. New: Richard G. Zimmerman Scholarship of $5000 (non-renewable.) The Press Club also offers a graduate-level scholarship.

New York Women In Communications Foundation Scholarship Program. Open to high school seniors as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, need and a demonstrated commitment to the field of communications.You must be a permanent resident of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania. Deadline January 30.

The NewsGuild — 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. (Check the Newspaper Guild (now Newsguild.org) website for information about when applications will be accepted.)


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 Digital News Association and Foundation. RTDNA and RTDNF honor professional achievements in electronic journalism through numerous prestigious awards, scholarships, fellowships and internship programs. April 30 deadline to apply.

Society of Professional Journalists Maryland Pro Chapter College Scholarship. Applicants must have regular home residence in the State of Maryland, but may attend colleges or universities outside Maryland in nearby Virginia, D.C. or Pennsylvania. NOTE: This scholarship has not been given in a number of years but there are plans to reactivate it in 2013-2014. We’ll provide a link when it is announced.

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.  Late February deadline.

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.