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New Media Scholarships

You may think the blog you created a few years back was no big deal. It was just a place you went to vent when you were annoyed about classes or wanted to weigh in on a particularly interesting political issue. No one read it…or so you thought. In truth, your little blog played a vital role in the emergence of new media.

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If it seems like everything is online nowadays, you’re right and with the technological advancements happening every day, our society is going to become even more dependent on the Internet than it already is. To be clear, new media isn’t just about putting information online, it’s about how that information is created and how it affects those who access it. Wikipedia is an excellent example – as the site itself says, it combines “Internet accessible digital text, images and video with web-links, creative participation of contributors, interactive feedback of users and formation of a participant community of editors and donors” – and countless colleges (UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, the University of Maine and Columbia’s Journalism School have launched dedicated new media programs to prepare their students for what will surely become the norm. But is there a way to pay for schooling in a field that’s still in its infancy?

Since new media is still just that – new – there aren’t as many new media scholarships as, say, nursing or law, but more are being created every day. The American Library Association, the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, the Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation and even NBC are offering new media scholarships, grants and internships for students interested entering the field after college. Scholarships.com lists several new media scholarships but majors are also often eligible for journalism, communications and art awards plus essay, video and design scholarships. To find even more new media scholarships that fit your skills and interests, conduct a free scholarship search!

Austin Alliance for Women in Media Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • AWM Austin is proud to award scholarships to college Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors studying media or a related field at a university in the Austin area (within a 40-mile radius from Austin). Consideration will also be given to students attending other colleges who graduated from an Austin area high school and maintain an Austin area permanent address. Applicants must have completed 60+ hours [...] More

Interpublic Group Scholarship and Internship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Interpublic Group Scholarship and Internship is awarded to an ethnically diverse student who is currently a college junior and has a demonstrated interest in a career in advertising or public relations. Candidates must be able to fulfill a paid internship during the summer prior to the academic year the scholarship is awarded. Eligible applicants must: be U.S. citizens or permanent residents [...] More

Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship and Internship from Scholastic

  • Application Deadline: 1/26/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship and Internship from Scholastic is awarded to a student interested in communications and media relations and is a rising junior/senior in college who is able to fulfill a paid internship at the company's New York City headquarters during the summer. Eligible applicants must: be US citizens or permanent residents who live in NY, NJ, CT, or PA (or who are [...] More

Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation was organized in 1956 by concerned industry leaders as a nonprofit, private, industry-directed corporation to develop and dispense scholarship and fellow assistance to talented young men and women who are interested in graphic communications careers. Applicants may be high school seniors or students enrolled in a post-secondary program as full-time [...] More

Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • Amount: $6,000
  • Applicants of the Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship are judged on Christian commitment and involvement in the United Methodist Church, academic achievement, experience in journalism, or evidence of journalistic talent, clarity of purpose, plans, and goals for the future as well as potential professional ability as a religious journalist. For more information, or to apply, please visit the [...] More

The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists

  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Founded in memory of James Alan Cox, a television photojournalist, The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists aims to provide financial support to student photographers of high school and college age. The focus of work and entries is photojournalism. Various scholarships will be awarded to those students whose work "tells a story." This is a fairly broad topic and may include a [...] More

William B. Ruggles Journalist Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The William B. Ruggles Right to Work Scholarship honors the esteemed Texas journalist who coined the phrase "Right to Work" and contributed greatly to the movement's advancement. A $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to the student who exemplifies the dedication to principle and high journalistic standards of the late Mr. Ruggles. Eligible applicants must: be pursuing a degree in journalism [...] More
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Last Reviewed: November 2020