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Everything You Need to Know About Applying for Scholarships

If you’d like to attend the University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media, but you want to apply for scholarships to help fund your education, we’ve created a Q & A that will help you navigate the scholarship application process. 

If you are a new student who is already familiar with what we offer, just begin your application by clicking the button below.

School of Journalism and New Media leaders say you don’t have to be a straight A student to apply for some of our scholarships. We have multiple scholarships designed for a variety of students. So read the information below provided by Assistant Dean Jennifer Simmons and Interim Dean Debora Wenger to learn why you should apply.

Q. Some students don’t really understand how the scholarship process works. If you are a new or existing journalism or IMC student who wants to apply for a scholarship, what steps should you take? Do you apply for individual scholarships, or do you just submit one application from our website?

A. New students to the university must submit the Special Programs and Scholarships Application (SPSA) for consideration for university-level scholarships and school-level scholarships. The School of Journalism and New Media has a tab within the SPSA for students who are interested in applying for scholarships for students majoring in journalism or IMC.

This application covers it all. Students do not have to apply for individual scholarships. The priority deadline for the SPSA is Jan. 5, with a final deadline of Feb. 15. Currently enrolled or continuing students must complete the .pdf application located at the JNM site. The deadline for this application is Feb. 15.

Q. What happens after you submit the application? How and when are the scholarships awarded? When will you be notified if you are selected for one? How are the selections made?

A. After the application is submitted, the Scholarship Committee within the School of Journalism and New Media will review the applications and make recommendations for awards. Reviews usually begin after Feb. 1. The committee completes a holistic review of each application received. Factors include, but are not limited to, standardized test score, GPA, journalistic or IMC involvement/experience, hometown/county, and high school.

Students who are awarded a scholarship through the School of Journalism and New Media must be admitted or enrolled in the Bachelor’s of Journalism or IMC degree program and will be notified by the Financial Aid office after April 1.

 

What Our Deans Say about Scholarships

Debora Wenger

“I think there is a misconception that you have to be a 4.0 student to receive a scholarship, and that’s just not true . . . We encourage you to check out the list of scholarships we have available to see if you are eligible.”

Interim Dean Debora Wenger

“New students to the university must submit the Special Programs and Scholarships Application (SPSA) for consideration for university-level scholarships and school-level scholarships.”

Assistant Dean jennifer Simmons

Q. Do you think there are some students who may be missing out on scholarship opportunities because they didn’t fill out an application? What would you say to encourage them to apply?

A. I think there is a misconception that you have to be a 4.0 student to receive a scholarship, and that’s just not true. We have multiple scholarships based on whether you are studying journalism or IMC, or if you’re from Mississippi, or if you are already working in the fields of IMC or journalism through internships or jobs. We encourage you to check out the list of scholarships we have available to see if you are eligible.

Q. If there is someone out there who would like to establish a scholarship in the name of someone else for our school, how would they do that?

A. We know there are people out there who believe in quality journalism and responsible integrated marketing communications, and we would welcome their help in supporting students who are pursuing those careers. We have a number of existing scholarships, including the Curtis Wilkie Scholarship for journalism students, the Robin Street Public Relations Student Support Fund and the Talbert Fellows Fund, which supports both journalism and IMC students, just to name a few. And, of course, we are always open to new ideas for scholarships, so please get in touch if we can help you support our students.

You can email Interim Dean Debora Wenger at drwenger@olemiss.edu if you are interested in establishing a scholarship at our school.

Apply Now

Special Programs and Scholarships Application - SPSA


New students can click here to begin filling out the SPSA form on the University of Mississippi website. Look for the School of Journalism and New Media tab in this form to apply for specific journalism and IMC scholarships.

UM School of Journalism and New Media Scholarship Form


Existing students can click this button to fill out a scholarship application.

Scholarships

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, professional motivation and financial need. Applications MUST be received in the front office of the school by Feb. 15 to be considered for the following academic year.

Scholarship amounts vary and some may be renewable.

Students may also be eligible for additional scholarships through the university

Those interested in the Talbert Fellows Program must also include a link to an online portfolio that showcases their work in journalism or IMC. Send the completed application and a link to your portfolio to jour-imc@olemiss.edu with “Talbert Fellows Scholarship” in the subject line of the email.

Many of our 35+ scholarships are open to all students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the School of Journalism and New Media. Though your GPA, test scores, and financial may be considered, a great deal of weight will be given to the essay that accompanies your application. Most scholarships are renewable annually. Scholarships available to all those seeking either a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communication or a B.A. in Journalism are listed below.

 

C Spire Scholarship Endowment  

Ron And Gayla Farrar Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  

Beth Fitts Mississippi Scholastic Press Association Scholarship Endowment  

Gannett Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  

George And Anna Keirsey Mclean Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  

Harrison Land Scholarship Fund

Bill And Jean May Mississippi Sun Scholarship

Clay And Krista Mcferrin Sun-Sentinel Scholarship

Bill Minor Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment

James Skewes Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment

Talbert Fellows Journalism And New Media Scholarship
Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media. Recipients must also submit a portfolio of work related to integrated marketing communication or journalism in addition to the standard scholarship application. For more information about the portfolio submission process, contact Dr. R.J. Morgan (morgan@olemiss.edu). See more information above.

Thomas Family Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  

Women In Communications Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  

The following scholarships are designed for specific categories of students. You may choose to have your scholarship application essay reflect your qualifications for one or more of these specific awards.

James A. Autry Journalism and New Media Scholarship Endowment Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism. There are two scholarships available; one gives preference to a student planning to earn a specialization in magazine media.

Alon Bee, Sr. Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment In Broadcasting Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism with an emphasis in TV & vvideo storytelling. (Preference given to Mississippi students.)

Cashman Family Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.

Mark Cox Memorial Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.

George E. Denley Student Media Award Endowment Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism. Students must also have worked for two semesters in a print-related position at the Student Media Center and have a 2.5 or higher G.P.A.

Charles M. Dunagin V.O. Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.

Celia And John O. Emmerich, Jr. Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.

Charles B. Gordon Memorial Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.

Pamela E. Hamilton Memorial Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism. Preference will be given to students from Mississippi enrolled in the Political and Social Justice Reporting Emphasis.

Jere Hoar Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.

Albin Krebs Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.

James S. Love, Jr. Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism. Must have a 3.0 or higher G.P.A.

Tommy Miller Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment
Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.

Otto Family Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are from Mississippi and seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism. (Need based.)

Sarah Pearson Peugh Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.

Daniel M. Philliips Memorial Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.

Paul Pittman Memorial Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.

Michael T. Reeves/Gridiron Club Of Memphis Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.

E. O. Roden Memorial Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.

Dub Shoemaker Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment  Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.

Curtis  C. Wilkie Scholarship Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment
Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media with first preference given to students enrolled in the Political and Social Justice Reporting Emphasis.

Leslie M. Westbrook Integrated Marketing Communications Scholarship Endowment
Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are enrolled in our integrated marketing communications program. Undergraduate students apply as sophomores or juniors. Seniors who have been accepted into the M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications may also apply. Full details are included on the scholarship form. For more information, contact Prof. Scott Fiene (safiene@olemiss.edu).

Joe Williams Journalism And New Media Scholarship Endowment Recipients will be full-time students in the School of Journalism and New Media who are seeking a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism.