Apply for Journalism scholarships
The department of journalism offers several scholarships for declared journalism pre-majors and majors. The department offers one scholarship for incoming freshmen: The Pete Steffens Native American Scholarship (see below). Also the Western Scholarship Center has a complete listing of university scholarships, including some available to entering students.
In April, the department announces the scholarships, and students can view scholarship packets and applications on the Journalism Canvas page for Majors. Deadline for submitting an application is early in May. Faculty review the applications and choose the scholarship recipients, and the scholarships are awarded at the journalism faculty/staff/student picnic (usually the weekend between dead week and finals week). All declared journalism pre-majors and majors are encouraged to apply.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, evidence of ability to contribute to the advancement of the field of communications, and, in most cases, financial need. Faculty members will select the top candidates from the written applications.
ASIAN AMERICAN JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS
AAJA offers a number of scholarships to journalism students, visit their scholarships page for more information.
BABCOCK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Award may be divided among qualified applicants.
FRANK VARGA SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship shall be awarded to an outstanding visual journalism student with preference given to those with financial need.
GERSON F. MILLER JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP
Award may be divided among qualified applicants. Professor Gerson Miller was one of the founders of WWU’s Department of Journalism.
JOURNALISM ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is funded by the continuing support of alumni of the department of Journalism for journalism majors with at least nine completed journalism credits at Western. Selection for the scholarship is based on academic achievement, evidence of the ability to contribute to the advancement of the field of communications and financial need.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP
One scholarship open only to students in the news/editorial sequence. The Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association (PNNA) Scholarship is an endowed scholarship program established with a grant from the PNNA.
PETE STEFFENS NATIVE AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP
Western students are eligible to receive the scholarship in any year of their studies, from their freshman year through graduate studies. Preference is given to Native American and other Indigenous students from the US or Canada, those with financial need and students interested in studying Journalism. Scholarship was established to honor a longtime Western journalism professor who coached Native American journalists. This scholarship was established in honor of former professor Pete Steffens; an advocate, journalist and one of the founding professors of the Department of Journalism. Merit based, applicants will write an essay of 750 to 1,000 words commenting on a quote by muckraker Lincoln Steffens, Pete’s father. Fill out the application form to apply.
PIONEER NEWSPAPERS SCHOLARSHIP
One scholarship – based on above listed criteria.
RAMON GARCIA MEMORIAL VJ SCHOLARSHIP
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support for students in the Visual Journalism program with preference for those applicants who demonstrate financial need and are members of an underrepresented group.
SHEARLEAN DUKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
One scholarship for a PR major or pre-major. The family of Shearlean Duke, journalism professor and department chair 1999-2010, established this scholarship to honor her memory. Applicants will write an essay of no longer than 600 words on something they are passionate about.
STEVEN RUPP MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Award may be divided among qualified applicants. The family of Steven Rupp, journalism major 1980-84, established this scholarship to honor his memory and dedication to the field of journalism.
WASHINGTON STATE TUITION AND FEE WAIVER
Last year, $1800 was divided between two qualified applicants. Waivers are merit awards, financial need is not a criterion for selection.
The department of journalism awards annually a tuition and fee waiver(s) based on merit. Applicants must be full-time, declared journalism pre-majors or majors enrolled on Western's main campus.
Other private/industry journalism-related scholarships
Throughout the year we receive scholarship notices from private and industry-related organizations. These notices are posted on the Journalism Canvas page for Majors and sent to all journalism majors/pre-majors via e-mail. It is the responsibility of the student to pick up any information or applications in the journalism office or fill out from the Canvas page and submit the information directly to the organization.