Communication Scholarship Recipients
▼   Department Scholarships

Peggy Hansen and Jim Aucoin Journalism Scholarship

The Peggy Hansen and Jim Aucoin Journalism Scholarship was established in 2017 to honor an exceptional journalism major who has demonstrated a passion and commitment to journalistic integrity. It is in recognition of Dr. James Aucoin, and his beloved late wife, Dr. Peggy Hansen, who are both known for their love and dedication to students in the field of journalism and the USA Department of Communication.

Applicants should meet the following criteria: 

  1. Hold junior/senior status with a declared major in Communication, digital Cinema and Television
  2. Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  3. Application submission includes:Essay (750 words or less) explaining the applicant’s career goals
  4. Letters of recommendation: Faculty (1)
  5. Letters of recommendation: Professional/Personal (1)
  6. Resume
  7. Transcripts (unofficial)   


Nadia Bush, Scholarship and Awards Committee Chair


 Hanna Endowed Communication Scholarship

The Hanna Endowed Communication Scholarship was established in December 2009 to honor Dr. Michael S. Hanna, Professor Emeritus of Communication. Hanna served USA and the Mobile community for more than 25 years. He was chair of the department for five years, co-authored six textbooks and received numerous awards, including “Best Faculty Member” for Outstanding Service to USA International Students.  Its purpose is to encourage a communication junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at USA to excel in their track of study.
Applicants should meet the following criteria: 

  1. Hold junior/senior status with a declared major in communication
  2. Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  3. Demonstrate financial need
  4. Application submission includes:
  5. Faculty letter of recommendation (1)
  6. Professional/personal letter of recommendation (1)
  7. Essay (750 words or less) explaining the applicant’s leadership, community and campus involvement, and career
  8. goals in the communication field.
  9. Resume
  10. Transcripts (unofficial)


Nadia Bush, Scholarship and Awards Committee Chair


Eva Golson Film and Television Production Endowed Scholarship

The Eva Golson Film and Television Production Endowed Scholarship was established in 2015 in celebration of the woman who put filmmaking on the map in Mobile and Baldwin County, Alabama community. Golson is committed to supporting students with a passion for the film and television industry and seeing them succeed. Her career spans 35 years in the industry assisting film and video companies with resources in producing commercials, corporate or industrial productions, music videos, documentaries, television movies, and feature films.

Applicants should meet the following criteria: 

  1. Hold junior/senior status with a declared major in Communication, digital Cinema and Television
  2. Have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  3. Application submission includes:Essay (750 words or less) explaining the applicant’s career goals
  4. Letters of recommendation: Faculty (1)
  5. Letters of recommendation: Professional/Personal (1)
  6. Resume
  7. Transcripts (unofficial)


Nadia Bush, Scholarship and Awards Committee Chair 

▼   College of Arts & Sciences Scholarships

Arts and Sciences Scholarship Opportunities

The University of South Alabama College of Arts & Sciences recognizes the commendable academic and professional activities of its students. These endowments and scholarships are made possible by the generous support of donors and provide an opportunity for students to excel in their area of study.

Each year, the college awards scholarships specific to individual programs, departments or directed at certain student groups, although a few general scholarships are also available from the College.

Applying for University Scholarships

To apply for a scholarship offered by our department or university, please use Jag$POT, USA’s Scholarship Opportunity and Award System:

  1. Read the Jag$POT, portal instructions here.
  2. Log in to Jag$POT with your student Jag Number and password. Jag$POT log-in
  3. Use search, review, apply and accept for each scholarship and award through the online Jag$POT system.
  4. Get started early, and read the Tips for Completing Scholarship Applications
▼   Regional, National, & International National Scholarships

International Scholarships

AEJMC- ICD Student International Multimedia News Story Contest


The International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, AEJMC, announces its student contest in multimedia news story writing for the year 2017-2018. The contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students and faculties. However, the first writer/author should be a student.

International Radio & Television Society Foundation, Inc. Summer Fellowship Program


The Summer Fellowship Program, the most notable student out-reach effort of IRTS, teaches up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an expense-paid fellowship, which includes practical experience and career-planning advice. Each year college juniors, seniors and graduate students are selected nationwide to participate in the nine-week Summer Fellowship Program.

The Program begins with an extensive one-week orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising, and interactive media. Fellows have a rare opportunity to question industry professionals at panels, lectures, and group discussions. They also take related field trips and learn career planning, networking and interviewing skills by attending industry social functions.

Following this first week, Fellows gain full-time "real world" experience at New York-based media corporations to which each is assigned for the duration of the nine-week Fellowship. Fellows are then able to reinforce or redefine specific career goals before settling into a permanent job in the electronic media industry.

Travel, housing and living allowance included. 

International Radio & Television Society Foundation, Inc. Broadcast Sales Associate Program


Devoted to increasing diversity in the media and entertainment industry, the International Radio & Television Society Foundation seeks outstanding minority students in their senior year or graduate school to participate in a nine-week summer sales training program. Sales Associates have an exclusive opportunity to participate in a sales training program traditionally reserved for actual station group employees.

Held in tandem with the prestigious IRTS Summer Fellowship Program, the Broadcast Sales Associate Program is a diversity initiative designed to give graduating seniors a jumpstart on the television and radio management track.

The Program includes the one-week Summer Fellowship Program orientation to the media and entertainment business, followed by an eight-week internship experience in the sales division of a network stations group, which includes the customized sales training so highly regarded in our business. It is the perfect opportunity for outstanding new graduates of color to gain immediate access to a sector of our business that typically requires more experience to enter.

The Broadcast Sales Associate Program was initiated by IRTS Chairman, Tom Kane, President and CEO of CBS Television Stations Group. According to Kane, “In order to achieve true diversity in our business, we must get more minorities into management, and sales continues to be the favored track to get there.”

Because the majority of colleges and universities do not offer courses in broadcast sales, previous experience in broadcast sales is not necessary.

Travel, housing and living allowance i

The Overseas Press Club of America Foundation.

Aspiring foreign correspondents and students interested in international journalism are encouraged to apply for OPC Foundation's scholarship. The winners receive $2,000 checks each. 

National Scholarships 

Regional Scholarships
The John Will Memorial Scholarship

The John Will Memorial Scholarship board of directors annually accepts applications from journalism students for scholarships of up to $3,000 to anyone committed to getting a journalism degree in either print or broadcast.

For more information, contact:
James Aucoin, Department Chair, at (251) 380-2806 or
John Sellers at (251) 380-2754 or

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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the accounting firm, Ernst & Young, have created this $10,000 scholarship to support and encourage college students to go into the field of children's television. The scholarship is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students who can demonstrate a commitment to two of the following: early childhood education, child development/psychology, film or television production, music or animation. There is an extensive application form to fill out. More information on the scholarship and access to the form is at, or call 818-754-2800.

American Advertising Federation Scholarship

AAF provides a limited number of full scholarships based on academic merit to students from under-represented minority populations.

American Copy Editors Society Scholarships

All ACES scholarships are for potential professional copy editors. The scholarships are open to students who will be juniors, seniors or graduate students in the fall, and graduating students who will take full-time copy editing jobs or internships. 

Asian American Journalist Association

AAJA offers a variety of scholarships.

Association for Women in Sports Media Scholarship

AWSM offers an annual scholarship program for female college students who plan to pursue careers in any sports communications fields: writing, copy editing, public relations, broadcasting, Internet or photography. Winners in each category receive a $1,000 scholarship.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California Scholarship

Open to residents of California only.

The Chronicle of Higher Education — David W. Miller Award

Candidates may apply for the annual $2,000 prize award by submitting up to three samples of published work accompanied by a one-page letter describing the articles and why they were chosen for submission. Candidates for the award must have been undergraduate students at the time of their submitted articles were published. The samples of published work must have appeared in a campus publication during the preceding academic year.

Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists.

Freedom Forum — Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship.

The Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship and Conference Program annually awards $1,000 college scholarships to each of 102 high school seniors (a male and female from each state and the District of Columbia) who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of "free spirit."

National Association Black Journalists Sustaining Scholarship Awards

This competition for two four-year sustaining scholarships is open to any graduating foreign or U.S. high school senior who plans to pursue a career in journalism.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists Scholarships

Open to high school grads, college and graduate students who are interested in a career in broadcast, photojournalism or print journalism.

The National Italian American Foundation

Scholarships open to Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements or those students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field, who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements.

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award.

National Press Club — Persina Scholarship for Minorities in Journalism.

Renewable scholarship for $2,500 per year for up to four years. For minority students planning to pursue a career in journalism. 

Radio Television and News Directors Association and Foundation

RTNDA and RTNDF honor professional achievements in electronic journalism through numerous prestigious awards, scholarships, fellowships and internship programs.

South Asian Journalists Association Scholarships

The South Asian Journalists Association awards one $500 scholarship to a high school senior about to enter college and one $500 scholarship to a college student.

SPJ — Sigma Delta Chi Journalism Scholarships

The SDX Foundation of Washington, the educational arm of the Washington, D. C., Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, will be awarding scholarships totaling up to $15,000 to full-time juniors or seniors,

ScanDigital Photography Scholarship

$ 1,000 For A Successful Young Entrepreneur     


This scholarship was started to encourage students who have a passion for photography to further explore and improve their photography skills. Photography has been a significant part of the world for hundreds of years and its impact is apparent in many aspects of society. Photographers are needed among various industries, and are always in demand. If you are interested in becoming the next great contribution to the photography world we want to support you. We would like to recognize your unique talent and academic success by awarding you with the ScanDigital Photography Scholarship. 

The James Alan Cox Foundation

For Student Photographers


Mission Statement: Founded in memory of James Alan Cox, a television photojournalist, The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photographers aims to provide financial support to student photographers of high school and college age. Through a variety of funding, including equipment purchases and scholarships for college and technical school classes, the foundation’s mission is to expand educational and developmental opportunities for student photographers demonstrating interest, talent and financial need.

Type of Awards:

  • Five (5) Digital Cameras will be awarded to five (5) high school students.
  • Five (5) $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to five (5) college or technical school students. Four awards will be for video work while one will be for still photography.

Focus of work and entries: photojournalism. Scholarships will be awarded to those students whose work “tells a story”. This is a fairly broad topic and may include a variety of subject matter and approaches (breaking news, sporting events, etc.) Jim Cox, who was a television photojournalist in Phoenix, always “told a story” through his work, whether it was in video or still photography.

Regional Scholarships

The John Will Memorial Scholarship

The John Will Memorial Scholarship board of directors annually accepts applications from journalism students for scholarships of up to $3,000 to anyone committed to getting a journalism degree in either print or broadcast. 

For more information, contact:
James Aucoin, Department Chair, at (251) 380-2806 or
John Sellers at (251) 380-2754 or 

Affordable Colleges Online

▼   External Scholarships & Fellowships for Racial Minorities

External Scholarships & Fellowships for Racial Minorities

Scholarships from $250 to $2,000 will be awarded to students pursuing careers in print, photojournalism or broadcast journalism. Applicants may be high school seniors or college students attending accredited institutions. Graduate students are welcome to apply. Awards are based on involvement or interest in the Asian American community, scholastic achievement, journalistic ability, a desire to pursue a news media career and financial need. Applications must be postmarked by April 15.

For information and applications write:

AAJA Scholarship Awards Committee
1765 Sutter St., Room 1000
San Francisco, Calif. 94115
(415) 346-2051.

Asian American Journalists Association Fellowships

Designed to enable AAJA members to attend mid-career short-term advanced journalism training and advanced skills development programs, these fellowships can be used to defray tuition, travel, food, lodging and other related program costs. News organizations of the recipients must grant them a leave of absence to attend the program. Each fellowship must be used within 12 months of the date it is awarded. Applications will be reviewed quarterly- January, April, July and October. Grants will be awarded contingent upon proof of registration at, or acceptance to, the training program.

For information write:

1765 Sutter St., Room 1000
San Francisco, Calif. 94115
(415) 346-2051.

Chips Quinn Scholars Program.


The Chips Quinn Scholars Program offers training, paid internships and $1,600 awards to college students or recent graduates of color who are pursuing careers in daily newspaper journalism. College juniors, seniors or graduates within the past year with majors or career goals in newspapers are eligible. The program begins with a four-day orientation program followed by a 10- or 12-week paid internship at a participating newspaper. 

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

Twenty to 30 scholarships ($250-$2,000 each) are awarded by the California Chicano News Media Association to Latino college students majoring in any field, but who must be able to prove a sincere interest in pursuing a career in journalism or mass communication. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, community awareness, scholastic achievement and commitment to a journalism career.

For information, write:

California Chicano News Media Association
School of Journalism
University of Southern California,
Los Angeles, Calif. 90007
(213) 743-7158

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Ethnic Minority Student

A $2,500 scholarship offered by United Methodist Communications awarded to a junior or senior minority student who intends to pursue a career in religious communications. Scholarship is to be used for undergraduate study in communications at an accredited institution of higher education. Applications available in the fall; deadline for application is Feb. 15.

For information contact:

United Methodist Communications
Suite 1901
475 Riverside Drive
New York, N.Y. 10115.

MALDEF Communications Scholarship Fund

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) provides financial support to Latino students enrolled in graduate or professional degree programs in communications, including print and broadcast journalism or electronic communications, as well as students attending law school specializing in communications or entertainment law. Among the scholarships is the Ruben Salazar Scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate involvement with, and commitment to serve the Latino community; show financial need; and provide proof of academic achievement and potential for completion of a graduate or law degree. Applicants attend the school of their choice. For an application form and application requirements write to:

Communications Scholarship Program
634 S. Spring St., 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014-1974 
call (213) 629-2512 ext. 109; Fax (213) 629-3120

National Association of Black Journalists Scholarship

For college undergraduate and graduate students. (Applicants must have completed at least one full semester of college to be eligible.) For information on the $2,500 award, contact:

11600 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA. 22091

National Association of Hispanic Journalists Scholarships

Several $1,000 scholarships are awarded each academic year to students interested in pursuing careers in the media. Scholarships are open to high school seniors, and college juniors, seniors and graduate students. Applicants are judged on financial need, scholastic achievement, journalism ability and commitment to the field. Deadline for is Jan. 1. To request application forms, students must write to NAHJ in the fall at:

National Press Building
Suite 1193
Washington, D.C. 20045.

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

National Newspaper Publishers Association Grants

Provides information and helps administer grants for minority college students pursuing journalism careers. Several grants valued at $2,000 each are awarded annually. For information write:

NNPA Scholarship Committee
3200 13th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 588-8764

Native American Journalists Association Scholarships

Two $2,500 scholarships awarded to Native American students pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism and four $2,000 scholarships awarded to Native American students studying print or photojournalism. Applicants must send a cover letter containing name, address, phone number, parents' name, applicant's college plans, year in school, major, and statement of plans after college; proof of tribal enrollment; official transcripts; one recommendation from academic adviser, counselor or professional familiar with applicant's background; samples of work. Applications due March 31. Send materials to:

Native American Journalists Association
1433 E. Franklin Ave.
Suite 11
Minneapolis, Minn. 55404
(612) 874-8833 

Newspaper Association of America Foundation Minority Fellowship Program

Funds to pay for travel, lodging and training fees will be provided to minority newspaper employees or members of journalism faculties to attend newspaper-related training conferences and seminars. Fellowships are awarded twice a year-June and December. Approximately 30 fellows are selected each year. Students are not usually eligible though occasional exceptions are made for graduate students with some professional experience. Potential candidates who wish to nominate themselves, or newspapers and journalism school administrators who wish to nominate someone else, should write to:

NAA Foundation
11600 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, Va. 22091
(703) 648-1053

Peter Agris Memorial Scholarships

Five scholarships of $5,000 are available to journalism or communications graduate and undergraduate students of Greek American heritage. 

Thomson Fellowships

Thomson newspapers offers one-year working fellowships for recent college or university graduates who plan to pursue a career in print journalism. Two of the three fellowships are available to members of racial or ethnic minority groups in the United States. Fellows are assigned to the editorial staff of daily newspapers where training and evaluation are provided. Upon completion of the fellowships, fellows are assisted in finding a full-time position with Thomson Newspapers. However, fellows are not required to work for a newspaper in the group. Fellowships carry a $20,000 stipend; the company pays moving expenses.

Application deadline is May 1.

For information, write:

Jim Jennings, Senior Vice President
Human Resources and Industrial Relations
Thomson Newspapers
One Station Place
Stamford, Conn. 06902
(203) 425-2520

The SNPA Minority Internship Program

The Purpose: The Southern Newspaper Publishers Association will award $2,500 each to three of its member newspapers for the purpose of establishing summer internships for students who are racial minorities. The full $2,500 is to be used to pay an intern for a nine-week period beginning in June.

Candidates for the minority internship program should have completed their sophomore year in college by the spring quarter, and should be potential candidates for full-time employment at the newspaper following graduation from an accredited college or university.

The purpose of the SNPA Internship Program is to work with SNPA newspapers to develop and retain more minority newspaper employees in every department.

Eligibility: Candidates must be nominated by an SNPA member newspaper. They should have completed at least their sophomore year at an accredited college or university. Preference will be given to those minority candidates who intend to pursue a career at a newspaper, although they do not have to be journalism majors. The selection committee also will evaluate financial need and grade point average.

The Program: Three SNPA newspapers will be selected by members of the SNPA Diversity Committee to receive $2,500 each to cover the salary of an intern for a nine-week period. All funds are to be used for the salary. Any expenses over and above the $2,500 are to be incurred by the newspaper. The newspaper may determine how many hours the student is to work each week for no more than nine weeks.

The selection will be based upon the information provided in applications submitted by the newspaper and the student. If the candidate has already been working for the newspaper, clips and letters of reference may be attached and will be considered in the selection process.

Application Process: Completed application forms and a letter of recommendation from the nominating newspaper publisher must be submitted to the SNPA office by March 6. Applications are NOT accepted directly from students or colleges.

The Al Muammar Scholarships For Journalism

Four scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded annually by the Arab American Institute Foundation to selected students of Arab descent who are committed to a career in journalism. Applicants must have a grade-point average of at least 3.30. Academic achievement , financial need, and community service will be considered. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than February 15. Awardees will be notified in April. For more information, contact Scholarship Administrator Valerie Smith at (202) 429-9210 or For copies of this form visit: