Fellowships & Aid
There are numerous options available for master's students seeking to defray the cost of their degree through a scholarship award, assistantship or financial aid.
Only incoming students are eligible for Merrill College fellowships and scholarships. There is no separate application process for most of the awards; all accepted students are considered.
John Story Cleghorn and Nona Reese Cleghorn Scholarship. Funded by former Merrill College Dean Reese Cleghorn in honor of his parents, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student in the college.
Eleanor Merrill Graduate Fellowship. Funded through the generosity of Philip and Eleanor Merrill, these fellowships are named in honor of Eleanor Merrill, the chair emerita of the college’s Board of Visitors.
Lawrence L. and Lillie Z. Goldberg Scholarship. Dr. and Mrs. Goldberg attended classes through the university’s lifelong learning program, and funded this scholarship as a tribute to three Merrill College faculty, David Broder, Hodding Carter III and Haynes Johnson. Awards are made to outstanding graduate students in the public affairs reporting program.
Mary Anne and Frank A. Kennedy Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding graduate applicant.
Maury Povich Sports Journalism Scholarship Fund. Funded by Maury R. Povich and Connie Chung ’69 to support scholarships for students in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism who have interest in sports journalism. Recipients must have an expressed interest in sports journalism, be enrolled full time and maintain good academic standing. Preference will be given to students of underrepresented populations and with unmet financial need.
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The Hiebert Journalism International Travel Award. An endowed fund established by and named for Merrill College founding dean and Professor Emeritus Ray E. Hiebert. Provides travel reimbursements to enable undergraduate or graduate journalism students at Maryland to travel outside the U.S. on a particular journalistic or research project with a specific itinerary. Preference will be given to journalism students in the public affairs reporting track.
The Gene Roberts Award. An endowed fund established by and named for Professor Emeritus Eugene Roberts to inspire more knowledge and understanding of the world outside the United States. Provides travel reimbursement to undergraduate or graduate journalism students at Maryland to travel outside the U.S. on particular journalistic or research projects with a specific itinerary. Preference is given to journalism students enrolled in the public affairs reporting track.
Teaching, research and administrative assistantships include tuition remission of up to 10 credits per semester and stipends starting at approximately $12,000 a year for master’s and doctoral students. Students interested in assistantships must apply to individual units. Merrill College typically pays about $18,000 per year for assistantships, although rates can vary.
Financial Aid information is available from the university Office of Student Financial Aid, which has information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as information on and links to scholarships through the university. Students are strongly encouraged to fill out a FAFSA form, even if they do not believe they have an immediate need for aid.
National Scholarships Office. The National Scholarships Office is committed to helping University of Maryland students 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.
Although Merrill College attempts to keep this information up-to-date, please double check the websites to confirm the scholarships are still being offered and check their deadlines.
Five scholarships of $5,000 are available to journalism or communications graduate and undergraduate students of Greek American heritage.
Six scholarships are awarded annually through the ACES Education Fund. One is the Bill Walsh scholarship, in honor of the late editor, author and ACES guiding spirit. The winner receives $3,500 plus financial aid to attend the ACES national conference. Additionally, the ACES Aubespin scholarship winner receives $2,500 and four other winners receive $1,500 each — also with aid to attend the ACES conference. The generosity of donors enables all of these awards.
AAJA offers a variety of scholarships.
Since 1990, AWSM has placed nearly 200 female college students interested in sports media careers in paid summer internships. Each winner also receives a $1,000 scholarship, complimentary registration and lodging at AWSM’s annual conference and a complimentary one-year membership to the organization. The application process opens in the fall and is open to women at the sophomore college level or above.
The Bayliss Foundation has been distributing scholarships to outstanding broadcast students for over 23 years. Each award is in the amount of $5,000. The number of scholarships awarded each year depend on the size of the endowment. In 2005, the Bayliss Foundation began a partnership with top communications schools nationwide in an effort to bring a strong radio presence to college campuses.
The CCNMA Scholarships are awarded annually to students who are planning to pursue a career in journalism. The scholarships are based on several criteria, including: commitment to the field of journalism, scholastic achievement, community awareness and financial need. Students must be enrolled full time for the entire academic year in which they apply. They must also be a California resident.
The Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism offers students training and mentoring by caring news veterans. More than 1,400 men and women have been named Chips Quinn Scholars since 1991, making it the largest and most enduring diversity initiative of the Freedom Forum Institute. The program’s aim: Provide training and support that will open doors to news and information careers and bring greater diversity to the newsrooms of the United States. The annual application deadline is in October. College juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates with majors in journalism or career goals in journalism are the program’s target audience.
The program, operated by the Freedom Forum Institute and funded by the Freedom Forum, matches qualified candidates with participating news organizations from across the country for 10- to 12-week paid internships. Selected scholars participate in a training workshop in preparation for their internships. The training is paid for by the Freedom Forum Institute.
The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing's Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award was created to recognize 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 2020 winner received $1,000.
The award is given in memory of Ev Clark, a veteran journalist at Business Week, The New York Times and Newsweek, and Seth Payne, his longtime friend and colleague at Business Week and a founder of the award. It is designed to carry on the work of both men, who offered friendship and advice to generations of young journalists.
The Foreign Press Association offers scholarships aimed at encouraging foreign students to enroll in graduate programs in the United States in order to pursue careers reporting on international affairs. The money is to be used to further study in print, broadcasting or photojournalism.
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter Scholarships
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) offers several national scholarships for students. In addition, the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter (NCCB) offers a regional scholarship in honor of Betty Endicott, the first female news director in Washington, D.C. Students may apply for both national and regional scholarships. NATAS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancement in the television arts and sciences.
Each year, NABJ and its partners award scholarships to enrich and support the academic experience of students pursuing a career in journalism, media and communications.
Offers several scholarships for African American students whose major can include journalism.
NAHJ has awarded more than $1.7 million in scholarships to nearly 800 students since the program began in 1988. NAHJ scholarship opportunities are open to college-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students pursuing careers in English or Spanish-language print, broadcast, digital or photojournalism. Students attending four-year colleges and community colleges in the United States and Puerto Rico with a GPA of 3.0 or better are eligible for the scholarships, with amounts ranging from $1,500-$10,000.
The National Italian American Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to outstanding Italian American students from a variety of academic disciplines and backgrounds.
The organization offers several scholarships available to LGBTQ students and students who demonstrate a commitment to providing fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community.
The National Press Club is considered one of the world’s leading professional organizations for journalists. It serves its members through professional development activities that bolster their skills, through services that meet the changing needs of the global communications profession and through social activities that build a vital media community in Washington and around the world. The organization offers multiple annual scholarships.
New York Women in Communications awards scholarships each year as part of its mission to empower women in the communications field. Most are named, or sponsored, awards supported by corporations or foundations that retain the right to impose certain criteria that may include, but are not be limited to, a declared major, internship availability, year in school, personal background, etc.
Aspiring foreign correspondents and students interested in international journalism are encouraged to apply for one of the OPC's several scholarship opportunities.
Since 1970, RTDNF has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and fellowships to more than 500 young journalists as part of its mission as the educational arm of RTDNA. Fellowships are open to professional broadcast or digital journalists with fewer than 10 years of experience. Scholarships are open to college students pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores, juniors or seniors in good standing. Scholarship and fellowship winners are also invited to attend the Excellence in Journalism conference.
The national journalism society holds a number of national contests and competitions, with several offering scholarships as rewards.
The South Asian Journalists Association awards up to $20,000 to 10 students to provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate-level students pursuing journalistic education.