It's scholarship and awards time at SMPA! Apply for as many of the opportunities listed below as you feel appropriate. Many of these awards are worth thousands of dollars.
Fill out the online application below and check off as many awards for which you want to be considered. Each application should include the following: a transcript (does not have to be official), a letter outlining your accomplishments, professional goals and an explanation of how you meet the requirements of each award. Where applicable, include a portfolio of published journalistic work. Please read through the application first before beginning it.
All applications should be submitted no later than 8 PM on Friday, March 22.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND PRIZES
Larry King Scholarships
Created by the former CNN host who never attended college, this award goes to rising seniors with demonstrated financial need who have superior academic records.
Sherman Page Allen Scholarships
These awards are open to all undergraduate majors if they display a desire to specialize in the field of journalism. They were endowed in 1966 through a bequest from the estate of Violet B. Robinson.
Gridiron Foundation Scholarships
These scholarships were created in 1975 by the Gridiron, a long-standing organization of Washington-based journalists. All undergraduate majors are eligible to apply for these merit-based awards, but consideration will be given to need and minority status.
This scholarship, established by the parents of a recent graduate, provides "need-based" aid to an undergraduate in SMPA.
Eaton Foundation Scholarship
This merit-based scholarship provides aid for both undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Media and Public Affairs.
Philip L. Graham Fund Scholarship for Diversity
Named for the late publisher of the Washington Post, these awards give preference to students from underrepresented groups, including - but not limited to - women and individuals of diverse backgrounds.
Freedman Family Scholarship
This award was endowed by Mike Freedman, a former vice president of GW and SMPA professor, who is also the father of an SMPA graduate. It gives preference to a student with financial need who wants to become a professional journalist.
SMPA's oldest prize, created in 1948 to honor the memory of Jesse Frederick Essary. It is awarded "to a student who has given promise of sound citizenship and ability in 'forthright reporting.'" This is a writing award, open to all SMPA students, and a portfolio of published or broadcast work outside of class assignments is required.
Created by the family of a recent graduate, this is a merit-based award recognizing an SMPA student who has produced original and meaningful journalism. That work can take any form—print, video, audio, photography or a combination of multimedia platforms. The prize will honor reporting that demonstrates depth, originality and a connection to community—either local or global.
Dorothy and Will Roberts Prize
This prize was created by Professor Steve Roberts in the name of his parents. It is given to graduating seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement, professional promise and community service.
SMPA/Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Fellowship
Are you interested in covering an under-reported international story and traveling to that part of the world to get the facts? Apply now for the 2012-2013 School of Media and Public Affairs/Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting International Reporting Fellowship. All SMPA undergraduates (including current seniors) are now eligible to receive up to $4,000 to report on a story of your choice.
Our partner, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, is interested in reporting projects that focus on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the mainstream American media. They see great value in covering systemic crises like environmental issues and struggles for resources, human rights abuses, post-conflict reconstruction, or brewing ethnic tensions. They are interested in the stories that would typically not make the headlines without the Pulitzer Center's support.
The Pulitzer Center staff will work with the Fellow to further refine the project and to offer distribution avenues via their online platforms. This could be your chance to be published by multiple news outlets. Applicants must be current SMPA undergraduate majors as of February 2013. All travel should be completed by December 31, 2013.
Read the work of last year's Pulitzer Center Fellow, Melissa Turley, who traveled to South Africa to investigate the lives of women who are playing a role in advancing their country. Watch one of her audio slideshows below.