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!

2023 NYWICI Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) provides scholarships every year to deserving young students. Scholarships range from $2,500 to $10,000 for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students for students pursuing a career/major in the field of communications.

    Our current sponsored scholarships are listed on our official website. Scholarships awarded are sponsored by individuals, [...] More

Austin Alliance for Women in Media Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • AWM Austin is proud to award a scholarship to a college sophomore or junior 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. The scholarship will be awarded in April to be used [...] More

Media Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/13/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Washington Media Scholars Foundation (WMSF) provides the opportunity for college students to gain firsthand knowledge of the public policy advertising world through scholarship and networking opportunities. The Media Fellows program is the Foundation’s essay-based scholarship program, striving to provide financial assistance to undergraduate college students with interests at the intersection [...] More

Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • 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 people who are interested in graphic communications careers. Applicants may be high school seniors or students enrolled in a post-secondary program as full-time students [...] More

RTDNA Foundation Ed Bradley Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/3/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Ed Bradley is best known for his award-winning work in 26 years on CBS News’ 60 Minutes and as the first African American White House TV correspondent. Bradley received the Paul White Award from RTDNA in 2000 recognizing his lifetime commitment to RTDNA and the First Amendment Award from RTDNF in 2005 in recognition of his support of First Amendment rights. He passed away in 2006.

    Bradley [...] More

Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • 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: 11/15/2023
  • 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 photojournalists of high school and college age. Jim Cox, who was a television photojournalist in Phoenix, always "told a story" through his work, whether it was in video or still photography. Each award is $2,500.

    Five (5) [...] More

William B. Ruggles Journalist Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) is a research facility that dedicates itself to providing people with information and resources regarding labor relation policies. We believe that all people have the right to knowledge. More importantly, all people should have the right to choose whether or not they work for a union. Our aim is to provide the general public, scholars, [...] More
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