Scholarships in Journalism and Media Communication
The Department of Journalism and Media Communication oversees a dozen scholarships or awards (some with multiple awards). These can be divided into three categories.
First, there are the five general awards. These are given based on common criteria of GPA and accomplishments in journalism and media communication. Second, there are the six specific awards. These are given based on the general criteria plus special criteria that are unique to each award. Finally, there is one award given each year for demonstration of ethical practices in journalism. In addition, the College of Liberal Arts oversees one specific award available to JMC majors. Scholarship amounts vary and are not made available until late spring through AcademicWorks.
The material below organizes the awards by these categories, provides background on the origins of the scholarships, and presents criteria for application and consideration. An overview of the awards available through JMC is also provided on the College of Liberal Arts website under the Journalism category.
How to Apply for JMC Scholarships
First, see the instructions for using AcademicWorks to make your application(s).
All applicants must provide a resume. There are no standard formatting requirements for the resume. The resume should
reflect your major accomplishments and should be a professionally prepared document. To submit your resume you must save it as a PDF document and upload it in AcademicWorks as instructed there.
All applicants must provide a cover letter. The cover letter must follow specific formatting requirements.
- Address your letter to the Scholarships and Awards Committee, Department of Journalism and Media Communication,
Colorado State University.
- At the top of the cover letter list any of the six specific awards you are applying for.
- In the body of the letter provide some background on yourself and your major accomplishments, reflections on your studies, a description of your career goals, and a statement on why you feel you should be considered for a scholarship.
- If you are applying for any of the six special scholarships you must also include a brief (one paragraph) statement on why you feel you meet the scholarship's specific requirements. You must provide one such statement for each special scholarship you are applying for.
- The clarity and readability of your cover letter matters. It is recommended that some time in advance be given to this writing and that the guide provided here be used to organize your thoughts. Also the committee will prefer that you use the common Times Roman typeface at 12 points and that your document have 1-inch margins. The letter must not exceed two pages. This must also be saved as a PDF document and uploaded through AcademicWorks as instructed there.