UM Journalism School Introduces New Scholarship

January 28, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Journalism has a new scholarship fund to encourage and attract the best and brightest young journalists.

Journalism Dean Larry Abramson created the Dean’s Scholarship for Incoming Freshmen, and multiple students can be supported by the fund.

“I hope these new scholarships inspire incoming students to specialize in areas that are a priority for this school,” Abramson said. “International reporting, diversity and digital skills are all critical needs for the future of our profession. These scholarships will encourage students to develop interests that are marketable skills going forward.”

The J-school will provide scholarships for as many as four incoming freshmen beginning in academic year 2016-17. The awards will range from $500 to $1,000.

Students can apply by writing a letter to Abramson. They must explain how their skills, experience and interests will advance the major goals of the journalism school. Specifically, students should discuss their interests and strengths in any of these areas:

  • Contributing to the diversity of the school, and to the media’s coverage of issues related to diversity.
  • Advancing the use of digital media to improve public engagement in news and public affairs.
  • Supporting coverage of international news and explaining the impact of global events on local communities.

Submissions should be electronic and addressed to the journalism dean. The school also welcomes audio and video submissions if they address these top priorities.

There is no application deadline. Awards are given on a rolling basis at the discretion of the dean. Once the awards for a given year are exhausted, no more will be awarded.

The school offers many scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students thanks to the generous donations of many alumni and friends.

The majority of journalism scholarships are given each April at the annual Dean Stone Awards Banquet, named in honor of the School of Journalism’s first dean. Last year, students received more than $150,000 in awards and scholarships.

To learn more about School of Journalism scholarship opportunities, visit http://jour.umt.edu/undergraduate/support/default.php.

Founded in 1914, the School of Journalism is now in its second century of preparing students to think critically, to act ethically and to communicate effectively. The school recently was named as one of the top 10 journalism programs in the country by the Radio Television Digital News Association. Visit http://jour.umt.edu/ for more information.

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Contact: Alyssa Rabil, UM School of Journalism media and information coordinator, 406-243-4366, alyssa.rabil@mso.umt.edu.