Liberal Arts Scholarships

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COMMUNICATION - JOURNALISM AND BROADCASTING

GOVERNMENT - LAW SCHOOL - POLITICAL SCIENCE AND WORLD AFFAIRS

  

DOW JONES NEWS FUND HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM WORKSHOPS

Purpose: To recognize and reward the most outstanding minority high school students interested in journalism
Eligibility: Candidates for this award must have attended and been nominated by the directors of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund summer journalism workshops for minorities. They must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a postsecondary school and be planning to major in journalism.
Duration: The competition is held annually. The award is for one year and may be renewed for up to three additional years.
Special features: The articles written by the four winners are reprinted in the winter issue of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund newsletter
Number awarded: Four each year
Contact:
Dow Jones News Fund
P.O. Box 300
Princeton, NJ 08543-0300
(609) 452-2820
www.newsfund.org

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ADOPT A STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Purpose: To work with local newspapers to increase the available pool or supply of talented minority newspaper employees with the overall goal of employing and retaining more of them in every newspaper department. Nominees do not have to be journalism majors.
Eligibility: Newspapers belonging to the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association identify and “adopt” promising minority high school seniors or graduates who are racial minorities and have at least a “C” average. Nominees must have completed of be scheduled to take the SAT or ACT college entrance exams. To remain eligible for the scholarship, they must maintain a “C” average in an accredited college and be in good standing with the SNPA member newspaper making the
Award Amount: The scholarship is $2000 per year (deposited with his/her university)
Duration: 1 year, may be renewed for up to three years
Application form: May be obtained from the sponsoring newspaper
Contact:
Southern Newspapers Publishers Association
P.O. Box 28875
Atlanta, GA 30358
P: (404) 256-0444
www.snpa.org

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RADIO-TELEVISION DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATION

Purpose: To provide financial assistance for students pursing careers in radio and television news.
Eligibility: All students excluding freshmen, may only apply for one scholarship
The Ed Bradley Scholarship: $10,000 annual award to deserving minority students
The Ken Kashiwahara Scholarship: $2,500 annual award to aspiring journalists
The Carol Simpson Scholarship: $2,000 award to encourage and help minority students overcome hurdles along their career path.
Deadline: Varies, Usually first week in May
Contact:
Stacey Staniak
P: 202-467-5214
staceys@rtnda.org
www.rtnda.org

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ROBERT F. KENNEDY JOURLNALISM AWARD

Purpose: To recognize and reward works of journalism and photojournalism that best reflect Kennedy’s concern for the disadvantaged.
Eligibility: To be eligible, entries must have been published or broadcast in the United States for the first time during the year preceding the award. They must address the life styles, handicaps, or potentialities of the disadvantaged in the United States; provide insights into the causes, conditions, or remedies of their plight; or present critical analyses of public policies, programs,
Award Amount
: $500; First Prize Winners will be flown to Washington, D.C. to attend an awards ceremony honoring student and professional work at The Freedom Forum in Arlington, VA. Airfare and accommodations will be provided by the RFK Memorial. While in Washington, students will be free to explore the presence of the media in our nation’s capital by visiting The Newseum and other national landmarks. The RFD Memorial will arrange for a meeting with a professional print journalist.
Deadline: February 1
Contact:
RFK Headquarters
1367 connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC  20036
P: 202.463.7575
F: 202.463.6606
www.rfkcenter.org

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NATIONAL PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS FOUNDATION

Purpose:
To encourage and help disadvantaged and minority students – as well as others with evidence of talent – to continue their education in photojournalism.
Eligibility: To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a recognized four-year college or university or have been accepted to a four-year institution to complete suspended studies. Applicants must provide evidence of and aptitude for photojournalism as well as academic ability and financial need. A letter from a college instructor or intern supervisor would be highly supportive and strengthen an applicant’s appeal. A person may apply for as many different scholarships as he or she chooses; however, only one award will be granted. A portfolio is required with each entry. For still photographers, six or more photos (a picture story counts as one) in the easiest form (3 x 10 unmounted prints, or preferably, 35mm duplicate slides inserted in a 8 x 10 plastic sleeve). Picture editors must send three tear sheets. Video journalists should submit a tape, of three short, but complete, stories. A students GPA is required as an indication that applicant can successfully complete college studies.
Deadline: March 1 annually
Application: May be downloaded
Scholarships:

  • Jimi Lott Scholarship
  • Bob Baxter Scholarship
  • NPPF Still & Multimedia Scholarship
  • Reid Blackburn Scholarship
  • Bob East Scholarship
  • Kit King Scholarship

Contact:
www.nppf.org

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KNIGHT-RIDDER SCHOLARSHIP FOR NATIVE AMERICAN JOURNALISTS

Purpose: For Native American Students interested in pursuing a newspaper journalism career. Recipient must work as a paid intern during the summer at a Knight-Ridder newspaper, and is eligible to apply for other Knight-Ridder Scholarships
Award Amount: $5000 stipend
Deadline: March 1
Contact:
Knight-Ridder, Inc.
Attn: Linda Fullerton
St. Paul Pioneer Press
345 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55101-1057

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AT&T LABS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Eligibility:
Outstanding minorities and women students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are pursuing Ph.D. studies in computer and communication-related fields.
Award Amount: The fellowship provides the following: (1) All educational expenses during the school year, including tuition, books, fees, and approved travel expenses; (2) Education expenses for summer study or university research; (3) A stipend for living expenses (currently $1,400 per month, paid for 12 months for first two years, and 10 months in the ensuing years); (3) Support for attending approved scientific conferences; (4) a mentor who is a staff member a AT&T labs. The program emphasizes personal interaction with your mentor, for the typical recipient, this component of the program is the most important one of all; (5) If recipients accept other fellowship support, then the tuition support and stipend support received from any such alternate support will replace that provided by the fellowship, but the other provisions will remain in force, and the fellowship stipend will be replaced by an annual grant of $2000. If the other fellowship expires while the AT&T Labs Fellowship is in force, then the AT&T Fellowship and stipend will restart at that point.
Application: Complete online form and mail all other supporting material.
Deadline: January 31
Contact:
AT&T Labs Fellowship Administrator
Room C103
180 Park Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932-0971
www.research.att.com

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E.C. HALLBECK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Purpose: This scholarship was established in January 1969 and first awarded in 1970 as a living memorial and permanent tribute to E.C. “Roy” Hallbeck, President of the former United Federation of Postal Clerks, as a self perpetuating financial basis for significant educational assistance to children of union members.
Eligibility: Sons, daughters, stepchildren, or legally adopted children of active or deceased members of American Postal Workers Union; seniors attending high schools or other corresponding secondary schools. Recipients must attend an accredited college in an undergraduate degree program.
Award Amount: $1,000 a year; five four year scholarships awarded annually. Award must be used toward pursuing an undergraduate degree. An award winner may not accept more than $5,000 annually in scholarships from other sources. Once a recipient has been chosen, the scholarship will be continued through four continuous years of college, if the student maintains a satisfactory academic record.
Selection: Committee comprising of educators from colleges in Washington, DC area determines recipients in April or early May, according to school records, personal qualifications, SAT/ACT scores, and total family income. Decisions of Selection Committee will be final.
Application: Request official applications and information from E.C. Hallbeck Memorial Scholarship Committee, American Postal Workers Union at Washington, DC address. All application materials must be submitted in ONE envelope and sent to The E.C. Hallbeck Memorial Scholarship Program, care of the American Postal Workers Union at the address listed above.
Deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1 and received no later than March 15 and prior to graduation.
Contact:
American Postal Workers Union
1300 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
P: (202) 842-4268
www.apwu.org

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MINORITY ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to underrepresented minority students who are interested in careers in public service and international affairs (including state and national government, nonprofit organizations, and foreign policy agencies).
Eligibility: Eligible to apply are minority students (especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Alaska Natives) who are in the process of completing their junior year and have ant least one full semester of course work left before graduation. They must be American citizens or permanent residents and demonstrate a strong interest in public policy and international affairs. No particular major is required. Recipients must be willing to attend an 8 week intensive junior year summer institute that emphasizes economics, mathematics, and policy analysis. The institutes are designed to facilitate admission to, and success at, rigorous graduate professional programs in public policy or international affairs. Students who have successfully completed the junior summer institute are encouraged to apply to attend the senior year institute and/or to accept one of the programs’ internships. Those who participate in the internships receive an allowance toward living expenses. The fellowships given to graduate students cover tuition, fees, and living expenses.
Deadline: March of each year.
Contact:
Woodrow Wilson National
Fellowship Program
P.O. Box 642
Princeton, NJ 08542
P: (609) 924-4758
www.woodrow.org

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BUDER SCHOLARSHIP FOR AMERICAN INDIANS

Required Field of Study:
Law
Requirements: Must be Native American;

  • Must be enrolled in a federally recognized Indian tribe or possessing one eighth degree of Indian blood.
  • Applicant must be accepted into any School of Law.
  • Applicant must register with the Law School Data Admissions Service and request that a copy of the applicants LSDA report be sent to the School of Law.
     

Comments: The Buder Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the demonstrated potential for success in law school as evidenced by undergraduate academic performance, performance on the Law School Aptitude Test and other relevant factors. The Buder Scholarship can only be used at Washington University School of Law.
Duration: 3 years
Award Amount: Possible full tuition
Deadline: February 1st
Contact:
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Washington University School of Law
Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
P: (314)935-4525
buder.wustl.edu

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THE HARRY S. TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP

Purpose:
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship foundation (the federal memorial to our thirty-third President) awards 75-80 merit based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service and wish to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for their careers. Truman Scholars participate in leadership development programs and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.
Eligibility: Applicant must be:

  • A full-time junior level student at a four year institution pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the academic year.
  • Committed to a career in public service as defined above.
  • In the upper quarter of his or her class.
  • A United States citizen or a United States national from American Amoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens are not eligible.

Applicants should have extensive records of public and community service and outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. Applicants must be nominated by the Truman Faculty Representative at your school.
Award Amount : Scholars receive $3,000 for the senior year of undergraduate education, and $27,000 for graduate studies. Scholars in master’s degree programs planning to receive degrees in one to two years are eligible to receive $13,500 per year. Scholars in law programs are eligible to receive $13,500 for the second year of law school and the same amount at the start of the third year’s second semester if they provide evidence that they will enter public service upon graduation or upon completion of any judicial clerkship after graduation. Scholars in graduate programs requiring three or more years of academic study are eligible to receive $9,000 per year for a maximum of three years.
Nomination Deadline: January 27. Regional selection panels interview finalists in late February and March and select Truman Scholars largely on the basis of:

  • Leadership potential and communication skills
  • Intellectual strength and analytical ability
  • Likelihood of “making a difference” in public service


Contact:

Truman Scholarship Foundation
712 Jackson Place, NW
Washington, DC 20006
www.truman.gov

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AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION MINORITY FELLOWS PROGRAM

Eligibility: Seniors in college applying to a doctoral program in political science or students currently enrolled in a master’s program applying for doctoral study at another institution who are members of a minority group (one of the following: African American, Latinos, or Native Americans); who demonstrate an interest in teaching and research potential in political science; who are U.S. citizens and who demonstrate financial need.
Application: Available online
Deadline: November 1st
Contact:
American Political Science Assoc.
1527 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-1206
P: (202)483-2512
F: (202-483-2657
apsa@apsanet.org
www.apsanet.org

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DOROTHY DANFORTH COMPTON-FELLOWSHIPS FOR MINORITY-GROUP STUDENTS ON WORLD AFFAIRS

Purpose: To provide support to underrepresented minorities who are working on a graduate degree in world politics.
Eligibility: Black, Hispanic, and Native American graduate students who are working on a master’s or doctoral degree in preparation for a career in world affairs (either as a practitioner or a scholar) are eligible to apply.
Award Amount: The funds are to be used to support work on the recipient’s thesis or dissertation. The amount awarded varies, depending on the recipient’s tuition, living expenses, and travel/research expenses.
Duration: Up to nine months
Special features: This fellowship was created in memory of Dorothy Danforth Compton, in honor of her life-long commitment to peace and human rights.
Deadline: February of each year
Contact:
Institute for the Study of World Politics
1776 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Ste. 500
Washington, DC 20036
P: (202) 797-0882

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EDUCATION FOR PUBLIC SERVICE, OFFICE OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

Eligibility: Full-time graduate students, particularly minorities and others underrepresented, who demonstrate financial need. For preparation for management careers in public service. Public service careers, defined by the program, include jobs in local, state, and national government as well as in nonprofit community service organizations. Emphasis is on support of master’s degree programs, but some support may be available for other levels of study.
Award Amount: Stipend of up to $10, 000 a year plus tuition and fees at any participating institution. Institutional allowance of up to $6,000.
Selection: Fellowship awarded competitively according to application quality
Application: Participating colleges and universities receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions select eligible students. Candidates should apply to institutions of postsecondary education and check with graduate offices. A list of participating institutions is available from Education for the Public Service, Office of Postsecondary Education.
Contact:
Education for the Public Service
Office of Postsecondary Education
Graduate Programs Branch
U.S. Department of Education
Washington, DC 20202
P: (202) 734-4395
www2.ed.gov

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PHILIPS FUND GRANTS FOR RESEARCH IN AMERICAN INDIAN LINGUISTICS AND ETHNOHISTORY

Purpose: To provide financial support for research in American Indian anthropological linguistics and enthnohistory.
Eligibility: Eligible to apply are scholars, preferably young scholars, working in the fields of linguistics and ethnohistory of Indians in the United States, the northwest coast, and Alaska. Graduate students may apply.
Financial data: The grants range from $1,000 to $1,500. Funds are intended for such extra costs as travel, tapes or films, and informants fees.
Duration: One year
Limitations: Grants are not made for projects in ethnography, archeology, or psycho-linguistics. Funds are not available for the preparation of pedagogical materials.
Number Awarded: Varies, average number is 17
Deadline: March of each year
Contact:
American Philosophical Society
Attn: Library
104 South Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3387
(215) 440-3429

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND AREA STUDIES FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM


Purpose: This program provides academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist graduate students in foreign language and either area/international studies. The goals of the fellowship program include: (1) to assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and area/international studies; (2) to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency; and (3) to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs.

 Eligibility: A student is eligible to receive a fellowship if she or he:

  • Is a graduate student
  • Is a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States;
  • Is enrolled in a program of modern foreign language training in a language for which the institution has developed or is developing performance-based instruction;
  • Shows potential for high academic achievement based on such indices as GPA, class ranking, or similar measures that the institution may determine.

Amount of Award: $11,000 student stipend; summer fellowship, $2,400
Contact:
Higher Education Programs
U.S. Department of Education
1990 K. Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-8521
(202) 502-7700
Fax: (202) 502-7860

 

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 NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS

 David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship
Academy for Educational Development

(NSEP)

1875 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Ste. 900

Washington, DC 20009-1202

(202) 884-8285

Toll Free: (800) 498-9630

Fax: (202) 884-8408

www.aed.org/nsep

Email: nsep@aed.org

Eligibility: U.S. students enrolled in or admitted to programs in U.S. higher education institutions and enrolled in internationally oriented programs of language and culture.

Award: Fellowships provide support for overseas or domestic study, or a combination of both. The maximum award for overseas study is $10,000 per semester for up to two semesters. A maximum of $12,000 is available for a program of domestic study only. The maximum level of support for a combined overseas and domestic program is $28,000.

Application: May be obtained by downloading from the website or calling.

Deadline: Must be received by February 1.


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