Graduate Scholarships

Adams Award - Mass Comm. Law
AT&T Business Internship Award
Beckman Documentary Photojournalism Award
Margaret Blanchard Dissertation Support Fund
Canady International Award
William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award
Kathryn M. Cronin Scholarship
Jim D'Aleo Award
Keith Award for Sports Photography
Keith Award for Sports Writing
Keith Award for Multimedia Sports Journalism
Kuralt Fellowship in International Broadcasting
Maxwell Grad. Scholarship in Medical Jour.
Minority Presence Grant Program — General
Minority Presence Grant Program — Doctoral
Morrison Award - Mass Comm. History
N.C. Psychoanalytic Fdn. Medical Jour. Award
Outstanding Graduating M.A. Student
Outstanding Graduating Ph.D. Student
Roy H. Park Fellowships
Carol Reuss Award — M.A. Student
Rubinstein Research Awards
Chuck Stone Citizen of the World Award
M.S. Van Hecke Award
Tom Wicker Scholarship
 

Minority Presence Grant Program — General Program

Amount: Varies
Special consideration: Minorities

The University will continue to fund the Minority Presence Grant Program — General Program, Part I and Part II. The University will allocate this money to historically white and historically black institutions to aid them in recruiting financially needy N.C. students who would be minority presence students at the respective institutions. These funds enable the institutions to offer relatively more aid for minority presence students in the form of grants rather than loans. General Program Part I includes funds for minority presence grants for students attending the North Carolina Central University School of Law. General Program Part II consists of grant funds for Native Americans, Hispanics and Asians.

Minority Presence Grant Program for Doctoral Study
Amount: Varies
Special consideration: Minorities

The Minority Presence Grant Program for Doctoral Study, Law and Veterinary Medicine provides stipends of up to $4,000 for the academic year, with an option of $500 in additional support for study in the summer session, for black residents of North Carolina who are selected to participate. Recipients must be full-time students pursuing doctoral degrees, law degrees, or degrees in veterinary medicine at East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, or the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Charles Kuralt Fellowship in International Broadcasting
Amount: Varies
Special consideration: Electronic communication
Deadline: Oct. 1
Application: See Senior Associate Dean Dulcie Straughan.

This one-year, paid fellowship at Voice of America is awarded to a recent school graduate, bachelor's or master's degree recipient, who excelled in electronic communication. Applicants will take a VOA newswriting examination and be interviewed by VOA executives. The winner will work as a reporter or producer at the VOA in Washington. The fellowship is sponsored by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all U.S. government broadcasting except military programming. VOA created the award to honor the memory of the UNC-Chapel Hill graduate who was one of America's most beloved journalists.

Minnie S. and Eli A. Rubinstein Research Awards
Amount: Varies
Special consideration: Thesis, dissertation research
Deadline: March 1
Application: Contact the school's director of graduate studies.

These awards are given to students engaged in thesis or dissertation research projects. They were created

by Mr. Rubinstein, an adjunct faculty member in the school, to honor his late wife.

Margaret Blanchard Dissertation Support Fund
Amount: Varies
Special consideration: Thesis, dissertation research
Deadline: March 1
Application: Contact the school's director of graduate studies.

Canady International Award
Amount:  $2,500
Special consideration:  Undergraduate/graduate
Deadline:  Feb. 1

This award supports one or more School of Journalism and Mass Communication students who are engaged in international academic opportunities related to journalism and mass communication.  The award aims to benefit students 1) who are earning academic credit for international activities 2) who are employed and earning their own funds, and 3) who exhibit drive, initiative and curiosity about the world.  The award may be made to undergraduate and graduate students.

The award was established by Erika W. and Randall V. Canady.  Erika Canady is a 1993 graduate of the school.  Her experiences on Dean Richard Cole’s class trip to Mexico and Cuba in the spring of 1992 inspired her to establish an award to enrich the lives of future students by supporting their international travel for academic purposes.

For more information, please contact Michael Penny, assistant director for international and professional programs, Carroll 310, telephone 843-2573 or email mpenny@email.unc.edu.

To apply, please send a resume and an essay detailing your international plans, why you are a good candidate for the award, and how you would use the award, to Michael Penny at mpenny@email.unc.edu.

Roy H. Park Fellowships
Amount:

  • Master's students: $13,000 plus tuition, health insurance, research/travel support

  • Doctoral students: $20,000 plus tuition, health insurance, research/travel support

Deadline: Jan. 1
Application: No special application necessary; all graduate program applicants who are U.S. citizens will be considered.

Generously funded by the Triad Foundation, these prestigious awards go to eight new doctoral students and 14 new master's students each year. Assuming satisfactory performance in the program, doctoral student funding extends over the three-year program, and master's student funding is for two years. In return for this funding, students work as graduate assistants.

William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award
Amount: To be determined
Special consideration: Ethics
Deadline: March 1
Application: Contact the school's director of graduate studies.

This award goes to a graduate student with an expressed interest in media ethics. An application letter should be addressed to the director of graduate studies and include a substantive explanation of the applicant's interest in media ethics. This award was established in 1994 by Frank Clingman, a School alumnus who was personnel director of The Winston-Salem Journal-Sentinel.

Rich Beckman Documentary Photojournalism Award
Amount: To be determined
Special consideration: Visual communication; photojournalism
Deadline: Feb. 1
Application: Submit the following information, not handwritten, to assistant professor Laura Ruel: a letter of application describing the project, including its importance, methodology and objectives; budget for supplies, travel and other expenses; portfolio; and résumé.

This award goes to a photojournalism student or students to conduct fieldwork for documentary still photography projects. Applicants must be majors or pre-majors (undergraduate and graduate students are eligible) or must have graduated as majors during the school year. They must have completed at least one photojournalism course in the school before applying.

M.S. Van Hecke Award
Amount: To be determined
Special consideration: News-editorial journalism; business reporting; includes internship
Deadline: Oct.1
Application available in the school office.

This award honors M.S. Van Hecke, a 1948 graduate of the school and former business reporter for The Charlotte Observer. The M.S. Van Hecke Award is given to returning undergraduate or graduate students interested in a career in business reporting. Both students must enroll “Business Reporting.” One student will be awarded an internship on the business desk of The Charlotte Observer, and the other at Bloomberg Business News.

Kathryn M. Cronin Scholarship
Amount: To be determined
Special consideration: News-editorial journalism; medical journalism
Deadline: March 1
Application: See Professor Tom Linden.

This scholarship is for a graduate or undergraduate student with a stated intention to pursue a career in medical journalism. The minimum requirements are demonstrated financial need and 3.0 GPA for undergraduates.

N.C. Psychoanalytic Foundation Medical Journalism Award
Amount:
Special consideration: Medical journalism
Deadline: Feb. 1
Application: General application form

The N.C. Psychoanalytic Foundation Medical Journalism Award goes to a master’s student in the medical journalism program. Applicants must submit a proposal for a project in any medium related to mental health.

Tom Wicker Scholarship
Amount: To be determined
Special consideration: News-editorial; minority and disadvantaged students
Deadline: March 1
Application: Contact the school's director of graduate studies.

This scholarship goes to a news-editorial graduate student, with preference to minority and disadvantaged students. Created by Tom Wicker, a School alumnus and former journalist with The New York Times.

Jim D'Aleo Award
Amount: To be determined
Students do not apply for this award.

Given to a graduate student who has gone above and beyond our already high expectations to contribute something special to the school, the University, the community or the discipline. Created in memory of James D’Aleo, doctoral student in the school who died in 2002 of cancer. In addition to the monetary award, the winner receives a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts and a UNC-Chapel Hill cap.

Maxwell Graduate Scholarship in Medical Journalism
Amount:
Special consideration: Medical journalism, diversity
Deadline: Feb. 1
Application: General application form

The Maxwell Graduate Scholarship in Medical Journalism is awarded to a master’s student in the medical journalism program.

Larry and Carolyn Keith Award for Sports Photography
Amount: $500
Special consideration: Visual communication; sports photography
Deadline: Feb. 25
Click here for a printable application (Word doc).

Established with a gift from Larry Keith, a 1969 graduate of the school, and his wife Carolyn, this award are given to the school's top undergraduate or graduate student in sports photography.

Larry and Carolyn Keith Award for Sports Writing
Amount: $500
Special consideration: News-editorial journalism; sports writing
Deadline: Feb. 25
Click here for a printable application (Word doc).

Established in 1992 with a gift from Larry Keith, a 1969 graduate of the school, and his wife, Carolyn, this award is given to the school's top undergraduate or graduate students in sports writing.

Larry and Carolyn Keith Award for Multimedia Sports Journalism
Amount: $500
Special consideration: Visual communication; multimedia sports journalism
Deadline: Feb. 25
Click here for a printable application (Word doc).

AT&T Business Internship Award
Amount: To be determined
Special consideration: News-editorial journalism; business journalism; includes internship
Deadline: Feb. 1
Application: General application form

Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student interested in business journalism. To be eligible for this award, the student must have arranged a business journalism internship. Preference given to students from the AT&T service area.

Joseph L. Morrison Award for Excellence in Mass Communication History
Amount: To be determined
Special consideration: History
Students do not apply for this award.

This award goes to a student, undergraduate or graduate, distinguished in the study of history. It honors the memory of the faculty member who taught journalism history from 1946 to 1970.

Outstanding Graduating M.A. Student
Amount: To be determined
Students do not apply for this award.

This annual award, first given in 1995, goes to a student receiving the master's degree in May.

Outstanding Graduating Ph.D. Student
Amount: To be determined
Students do not apply for this award.

This annual award, first given in 1995, goes to a student receiving the doctoral degree in May.

Carol Reuss Award — M.A. Student
Amount: To be determined
Special consideration: Public relations
Students do not apply for this award.

This award goes to an outstanding master's student who is studying public relations. It honors the former faculty member who taught public relations from 1976 to 1996. (A separate award is given to an outstanding junior.)

John B. Adams Award for Excellence in Mass Communication Law
Amount:To be determined
Special consideration: Law
Students do not apply for this award.

This award goes to a student, undergraduate or graduate, distinguished in the study of law. It honors the 1969-79 dean of the school.

Chuck Stone Citizen of the World Award
Amount:  $2, 500
Special consideration:  Undergraduate/graduate
Deadline:  Feb. 1

The award will be given annually to a student or students in the School who propose to travel to other countries to pursue programs of study or to work on projects related to the study of journalism and mass communication.

The award honors Chuck Stone, a renowned journalist who joined the School’s faculty in 1991.  He retired in 2005.  Stone was a reporter, editor and columnist at newspapers including the New York Age, the Afro-American, the Chicago Defender and the Philadelphia Daily News.  He was the first president of the National Association of Black Journalists, which presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.  Stone developed an international consciousness after living in Egypt and Gaza for six months and in India for 18 months while working for CARE.  He also reported from Northern Ireland and visited 14 countries in Africa on assignments for CARE.  The name of the fund recognizes Stone’s fondness for quoting Francis Bacon:  “If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island, cut off from other lands.”

For more information, please contact Michael Penny, assistant director for international and professional programs, Carroll 310, telephone 843-2573 or email mpenny@email.unc.edu.

To apply, please send a resume and an essay detailing your international plans, why you are a good candidate for the award, and how you would use the award, to Michael Penny at mpenny@email.unc.edu.