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Tuition & Financial Aid

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The University of Maryland offers an array of financial aid programs – including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment – as part of its commitment to making an excellent education affordable.

Nearly 70% of UMD freshmen receive some form of financial aid.

Costs

Check out this University of Maryland Admissions website that discusses what it costs to become a Terp.

Additionally, journalism students are charged a $300 Technology Usage Fee each semester. These funds help provide 24 hour, seven-day-a-week access to our News Bubble  computer lab in Knight Hall as well as free usage of cameras and more from our Equipment Desk. The fee also takes care of maintenance and software in the computer labs used by Merrill College.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine (July 2019) ranks Maryland No. 10 among “best values” in public higher education for in-state residents and No. 16 for out-of-state residents.

Awards for Merrill College Students

Incoming students do not apply for Merrill College scholarship awards. All incoming journalism students are considered for the listed scholarships on the basis of their applications to the university and their financial need.

Scholarship applications for current students are accepted toward the end of the spring semester and are reviewed annually. Scholarships are only available for current and incoming Merrill students for the upcoming academic year.

Baltimore Sun Diversity in Journalism Scholarship

The Baltimore Sun Diversity in Journalism Scholarship is awarded to a journalism student living in The Baltimore Sun’s circulation area.

Brian and Carin Lazarus Endowed Journalism Scholarship

The Brian and Carin Lazarus Endowed Journalism Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and a preference is given to students from the state of Maryland. It is renewable for up to four academic years as long as the recipient continues to meet all requirements.

Capital Gazette Memorial Scholarship

The Capital Gazette Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of the journalists slain in the Capital Gazette shooting in 2018. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate journalism students who live in Anne Arundel County and maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Carol Horner Journalism Scholarship

The Carol Horner Journalism Scholarship provides a scholarship to one undergraduate journalism student who demonstrates academic excellence and financial need.

Carolyn H. and Howard F. Ahrens Endowed Journalism Scholarship

The Carolyn H. and Howard F. Ahrens Endowed Journalism Scholarship is awarded to sophomore or junior journalism students who live in the state of Maryland.

Frank Quine and Mary Ellen Doran-Quine Journalism Scholarship

The Frank Quine and Mary Ellen Doran-Quine Journalism Scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior journalism student with a focus in news and editorial.

Gertrude Poe Fund for Journalism Excellence

The Gertrude Poe Fund is open to all students.

Gonella Family Endowed Scholarship in Journalism

The Gonella Family Endowed Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students with preference for students focusing on sports journalism or public-affairs reporting.

Gridiron Foundation Journalism Scholarships

The Gridiron Scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Haynes Johnson Scholarship

The Haynes Johnson Scholarship is open to all undergraduate journalism students.

Hostetter-MDDC Press Foundation Scholarship for Student Journalists

The Hostetter-MDDC Press Foundation Scholarship is awarded to academically high-achieving journalism students who graduated from high school in Maryland, Delaware or Washington, D.C.

J. Theodore Crown, Sr. and Joseph T. Crown, Jr. Scholarship

The J. Theodore Crown, Sr. and Joseph T. Crown, Jr. Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate juniors or seniors.

John McNamara '83 Endowed Sports Journalism Scholarship

The John McNamara ‘83 Endowed Sports Journalism Scholarship was established in memory of slain Capital Gazette reporter John McNamara. It is awarded to high-achieving undergraduate students with a focus on sports journalism.

John Story Cleghorn & Nona Reese Cleghorn Journalism Scholarship

The John Story Cleghorn & Nona Reese Cleghorn Journalism Scholarship is awarded to one journalism student with demonstrated financial need.

K. Christopher Houston Scholarship

Kermit Christopher “Chris” Houston graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985 and had a long, distinguished journalism career before losing his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2006. The K. Christopher Houston Scholarship is awarded to students with a focus on broadcast journalism.

Lawrence L. and Lillie Z. Goldberg Journalism Endowed Scholarship

The Lawrence L. and Lillie Z. Goldberg Journalism Endowed Scholarship is awarded to either graduate or undergraduate journalism students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.

Mary Ann and Frank A. Kennedy Scholarship Fund

Established in honor of longtime D.C. newsman Frank Kennedy, this scholarship is open to incoming freshman journalism students.

Maryland-Delaware-D.C. (MDDC) Press Association Scholarship

The MDDC Press Association Scholarship is awarded to journalism students who reside in Maryland, Delaware or Washington, D.C., and who demonstrate academic excellence. 

Olive Reid Keep Me Merrill Fund

Established in recognition of her 25 years of service to the University of Maryland, the Olive Reid Keep Me Merrill Fund provides emergency, immediate-use funding for undergraduate journalism students. 

Paul Berg Diamondback Scholarship

The Paul Berg Diamondback Scholarship is open to journalism students who have worked for at least one semester as a news staff member or editor for The Diamondback.

Peter S. Mehlman Journalism Scholarship

Peter Mehlman is a journalist and a writer who sees his support of student scholarships as a way to ensure that the future of high-quality, deeply reported journalism endures well into the future. Preference is given to students who work for The Diamondback.

Philip Merrill College of Journalism Scholarship Fund

The Journalism Scholarships Fund is open to all journalism students.

Phyllis and Frank Kopen Broadcast Journalism Scholarship

Established by longtime Merrill College faculty member Sue Kopen Katcef ’76 in honor of her parents, the Phyllis and Frank Kopen Broadcast Journalism Scholarship is awarded to journalism students with a focus in broadcast journalism.

Povich Sports Journalism Scholarship

The Maury Povich Scholarship is awarded to students focusing on sports journalism.

Ralph Crosby Journalism Excellence Endowed Award

Ralph Crosby is a 1956 graduate of the University of Maryland and president of Crosby Marketing and Communications. The Crosby Journalism Excellence Award is awarded to undergraduate students with a preference for students from Annapolis, Anne Arundel County or the state of Maryland.

Reese Cleghorn Journalism Excellence Scholarship

Reese Cleghorn served as dean of the University of Maryland’s journalism school for 18 years, until he stepped down in 2000. The scholarship is open to all high-achieving journalism students.

Richard W. Worthington Journalism Scholarship

The Richard W. Worthington Journalism Scholarship is awarded to a journalism student who demonstrates financial need and academic excellence. Preference is given to students who reside in Harford County, Maryland.

Rob Hiaasen Scholarship 

Created in memory of Rob Hiaasen, assistant editor at the Capital Gazette and adjunct professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, this fund provides scholarship support to students at Merrill College.

Stanley E. Rubenstein Memorial Journalism Scholarship

Ruth Ann Rubenstein ’53 established a scholarship in memory of her husband, Stanley Rubenstein ’53. The Stanley E. Rubenstein Memorial Journalism Scholarship is awarded to journalism students who demonstrate financial need and academic excellence.

Steven C. Affens Broadcast Journalism Scholarship

The Steven C. Affens Broadcast Journalism Scholarship is awarded to journalism students specializing in broadcast journalism.

Tom Kunkel Journalism Excellence Scholarship Endowment

Tom Kunkel served as dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism for eight years. The Tom Kunkel Journalism Excellence Scholarship Endowment is awarded to undergraduate journalism students who have demonstrated academic excellence.

Wendy Kleinman Scholarship

Wendy Kleinman is a Class of ’94 Journalism alumna who is committed to transforming students’ lives through education. The Wendy Kleinman Scholarship is awarded to academically high-achieving undergraduate journalism students. Preference is given to students from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.

William C. Huffman Endowed Scholarship

The WIlliam C. Huffman Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of Dr. William C. Huffman, distinguished educator. The scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who are residents of Prince George’s County or Washington, D.C., in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.

William Randolph Hearst Scholarship

Established in 1945 by two Baltimore-area newspapers, the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate journalism students who demonstrate academic excellence.

Davis Family Endowed Scholarship in Journalism

With matching funds from the TerpStart Matching Scholarship Program, the Davis Family Endowed Scholarship in Journalism is a need-based scholarship for undergraduate journalism students. Preference is given to students who graduate from high school in Baltimore City or Prince George’s County. This award is renewable and administered by the University of Maryland Office of Student Financial Aid. 

Ralph M. Hamaker TerpStart Endowed Scholarship

The Ralph M. Hamaker TerpStart Endowed Scholarship is a need-based scholarship awarded to undergraduate journalism students and is renewable for up to six academic years. This award is administered by the University of Maryland Office of Student Financial Aid. 

Raspberry Endowed Scholarship in Journalism

William (Bill) Raspberry was a Pulitzer Prize- and National Association of Black Journalists Lifetime Achievement Award-winning journalist. This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit. Preference is given to students with an interest in issues affecting and of concern to persons of color.  

Sam Van Pelt TerpStart Endowed Scholarship 

Established in honor of Scott Van Pelt’s father, Sam, the Sam Van Pelt TerpStart Endowed Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate journalism students who demonstrate financial need. This award is renewable for up to six academic years and is administered by the University of Maryland Office of Student Financial Aid. 
 

Gene Roberts Award

The Gene Roberts Award supports international travel by journalism students.

Hiebert Journalism International Endowed Travel Fund

The Hiebert Journalism International Endowed Travel Fund is awarded to support international travel for journalistic or research projects by journalism students.

John Jenkins Internship Fund

The John Jenkins Internship Fund provides funds for travel- or tuition-related internship expenses for Merrill College students.

Joseph R. Slevin Award

In recognition of Joseph Slevin’s dedicated service to the field of journalism and his passion for economic and financial reporting, his wife Katherine Day Slevin and their children established the Joseph R. Slevin Award. It is awarded to students taking part in a full-time summer internship in political or financial reporting.

Penny Bender Fuchs Fund

The Penny Bender Fuchs Fund supports scholarships for students who are experiencing financial stress and provides funds to students who might not otherwise be able to participate in an internship due to financial limitations.

Salzburg Academy Scholarship

The Salzburg Academy Scholarship is awarded to journalism students to help cover the cost of the Salzburg Academy study-abroad program.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Aid From the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland Financial Aid Office is a good place to start. Additionally, 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 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.

Peter Agris Memorial Scholarships

Five scholarships of $5,000 are available to journalism or communications graduate and undergraduate students of Greek American heritage.

American Copy Editors Society Scholarships

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.

Asian American Journalist Association

AAJA offers a variety of scholarships.

Association for Women in Sports Media Scholarship

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 John Bayliss Broadcast Foundation

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.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California Scholarship

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.

Chips Quinn Scholars Program For Diversity In Journalism

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.

Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists

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.

Freedom Forum — Al Neuharth Free Spirit Conference & Scholarship

The annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference program targets rising high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of “free spirit.” Students participate in an all-expenses-paid journalism conference and are awarded a $1,000 college scholarship. This Freedom Forum Institute program was established in 1999 to honor Al Neuharth, the founder of USA TodayNewseum and the Freedom Forum. The conference is designed to inspire and encourage students to pursue journalism.

Garden State Scholastic Press Association

Two scholarships are available from GSSPA for New Jersey high school students.

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.

National Association of Black Journalists Scholarships

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.

National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., Scholarships

Offers several scholarships for African American students whose major can include journalism.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists Scholarships

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.

National Italian American Foundation Scholarships

The National Italian American Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to outstanding Italian American students from a variety of academic disciplines and backgrounds.

NLGJA — The Association of LGBTQ Journalists Scholarships

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.

National Press Club Scholarships

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 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.

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.

The Overseas Press Club Foundation

Aspiring foreign correspondents and students interested in international journalism are encouraged to apply for one of the OPC's several scholarship opportunities.

Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation

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.

Society of Professional Journalists Grants

The national journalism society holds a number of national contests and competitions, with several offering scholarships as rewards.

SPJ — Sigma Delta Chi Journalism Scholarships

The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of Washington, D.C. (SDXDC) offers scholarships for undergraduate students attending colleges and universities in the Washington, D.C., area. Applicants must show a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in journalism and must be a current sophomore or junior (or equivalent), entering his or her junior or senior term.

South Asian Journalists Association Scholarships

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.

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