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Scholarships

The School of Journalism and Media offers a number of scholarships to help reward excellence in our students and support them in their education. All scholarships require a completed application that includes a cover letter tailored to the requirements of the particular scholarship and any supplemental materials listed in the scholarship application. The application description will indicate if an essay is required for the application. A listing of the majors eligible for each scholarship is included in the scholarship description. Each scholarship has different eligibility and selection requirements, and your application letter and support materials must address those requirements.

 

All application materials must be submitted online.

 

CLICK HERE for a link to the ONLINE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION.

 

You must submit a separate application form for each scholarship you would like to apply for in order to be considered.

 

PLEASE NOTE: ISC Students must apply through the ISC site, at http://ci.uky.edu/isc/scholarships

 

If you experience problems with the on-line submission process, please contact Chris Larmour (chris.larmour@uky.edu).

 

Bill Billiter Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Description:
This scholarship honors the memory of William O. Billiter, a successful journalist and UK graduate who built a distinguished career in Journalism. Billiter wrote for the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Winchester Sun and the Los Angeles Times. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman that is a declared pre-journalism major. The applicant must show financial need and must have the desire for a career in journalism.
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: Yes
Major: JOU - Journalism

Carol Sutton Scholarship

Description:
This scholarship is awarded to students with strong writing skills, high academic standards, interest in a journalism career through work on campus and is a declared journalism major. The scholarship honors the memory of Carol Sutton, the first woman to head a major American newspaper when she became managing editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal in 1974. Sutton is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame (1985).
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: No
Major: JOU - Journalism

Dan Rather Endowed Broadcast Journalism Scholarship

Description:
This scholarship supports broadcast journalism students and is open to juniors entering the broadcast journalism sequence. Applicants must have a cumulative 3.2 GPA, have completed or must agree to take six hours of broadcast journalism, schedule an internship at a broadcast facility during their senior year and submit a 1,000-word statement describing their interest and commitment to broadcast journalism.
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: No
Major: JOU - Journalism

Eva J. Winkle Scholarship

Description:
Eva Jean Winkle was a 1989 CI graduate. While at UK, she served on the staff of the Kentucky Kernel and during her tenure they received the paper's first-ever Pacemaker Award. Upon graduation from UK she worked at a Louisville television station. Eva was an accomplished freelance writer and published many news articles and stories and worked on numerous movie scripts in Hollywood. This scholarship is open to students in good academic standing in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications who are senior staff writers or editors of the Kentucky Kernel or its successor student newspaper and plan to pursue a career in journalism, print or other media. This scholarship cannot be awarded in until spring of 2015.
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: No
Major: JOU - Journalism

Gonzo Foundation Scholarship Fund

Description:
NEW---This scholarship honors Hunter S. Thompson, one of the most important journalists of the 20th century. The scholarship is awarded to a native Kentuckian, majoring in journalism that is deemed worthy based on merit and/or need as determined by the School of Journalism and Telecommunications Scholarship Committee.
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: No
Major: JOU - Journalism

Hadley Darin Stein Scholarship

Description:
This scholarship was established by the Scripps Howard Foundation in 2008 in honor of Judy Clabes' service to the Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a declared upper-division major (preferably print/multimedia), who has demonstrated through class work, internships, part-time work, or extra-curricular activities, an exceptional understanding of and commitment to the importance of First Amendment advocacy and principles in the professional and civic life of a working journalist, and/or of the vital relationship of these principles to the preservation of democracy. A 500-700 word essay is required on the topic “Why the Protections Guaranteed Journalists under the First Amendment will be Essential to Your Career." Clabes is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame (1997) and was named the CIS Outstanding Alumnus in 2004, along with her husband Gene Clabes.
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: No
Major: JOU - Journalism

Joe Hirsch Scholarship

Description:
This scholarship is in memory of Joe Hirsch, the renowned, award-winning Daily Racing Form executive columnist whose distinguished career spanned more than a half-century. Mr. Hirsch died in 2009. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman or continuing undergraduate who is interested in working in or pursuing a career in writing in the thoroughbred industry, has a high school GPA of at least 3.0 (undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8 if a continuing student) and who has financial need as determined by the School’s Scholarship Committee. The recipient will be expected to complete an internship at a thoroughbred racing journalism-related organization. This scholarship was established in 2005 by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Daily Racing Form.
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: No
Major: JOU - Journalism

Joe W. Quinn Prize in Journalism

Description:
This scholarship supports sophomore Journalism majors. Selection is based on scholarship, promise and need. The award honors the memory of Quinn, a long-time writer for The Cincinnati Post and a former Kentucky Kernel editor.
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: No
Major: JOU - Journalism

Judith G. Clabes Scholarship

Description:
This scholarship was established by the Scripps Howard Foundation in 2008 in honor of Judy Clabes' service to the Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to a declared upper-division major (preferably print/multimedia), who has demonstrated through class work, internships, part-time work, or extra-curricular activities, an exceptional understanding of and commitment to the importance of First Amendment advocacy and principles in the professional and civic life of a working journalist, and/or of the vital relationship of these principles to the preservation of democracy. A 500-700 word essay is required on the topic “Why the Protections Guaranteed Journalists under the First Amendment will be Essential to Your Career." Clabes is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame (1997) and was named the CIS Outstanding Alumnus in 2004, along with her husband Gene Clabes.
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: No
Major: JOU - Journalism

Lt. Col. Charles Richardson DeSpain Journalism Award

Description:
This award supports a sophomore, junior or senior Journalism major who has demonstrated academic excellence and shows promise. The award was established by the late Mrs. Daysie DeSpain in memory of her son.
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: No
Major: JOU - Journalism

Maria Braden Endowed Scholarship

Description:
This scholarship honors the memory of Maria Braden, a UK journalism professor for 21 years who died on July 20, 2004. This scholarship is offered to both pre-journalism and journalism majors. Braden is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame (2004).
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: No
Major: JOU - Journalism

N.M. Webb Journalism Award

Description:
This award provides a plaque or a monetary award to an outstanding journalism major from Eastern Kentucky. The award honors the memory of Webb, who was the founder of the Mountain Eagle newspaper in Whitesburg, KY. Webb is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame (1995).
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: No
Major: JOU - Journalism

Ryans Family Scholarship

Description:
This scholarship supports students who plan to pursue a career in journalism with a primary focus on business with preference given to a student interested in technical publication writing. The applicant should be a senior journalism major with preference given to Kentucky residents. The student must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be in good academic standing with the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. The scholarship honors the memory of Robert C. Ryans, a 1964 UK Journalism graduate and technical publications writer, as well as Alta M. and John K. Ryans, Sr.
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: No
Major: JOU - Journalism

Sam Abell and Dick Ware Photojournalism Scholarship

Description:
This scholarship honors Sam Abell, a UK graduate, Kentuckian yearbook editor and retired National Geographic photographer and his mentor, friend and fellow photographer, Dick Ware, who passed away in 1986. This scholarship is awarded to a declared Journalism major who demonstrates an interest in the field of photojournalism. Abell is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame (1991).
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: No
Major: JOU - Journalism

Sy Ramsey Reporting and Writing Award

Description:
This award is given to students that are full-time juniors or seniors and have demonstrated excellence in writing. It is the donors request that one print and one broadcast award be awarded. Students are asked to submit original work in support of their entry. The award honors the memory of Sy Ramsey, a Frankfort State Capitol correspondent for The Associated Press for 21 years. Ramsey is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame (1984).
Level: Undergraduate
Freshman only: No
Major: JOU - Journalism