Prestigious Scholarships


The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication

RTDNA Student Edward R. Murrow Awards
Since 1971, RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards. Among the most prestigious in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise, and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community. Murrow Award-winning work demonstrates the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. One Student Murrow Award will be awarded to an individual or team of individuals in each of five categories. Entries are judged on the national level and winners are recognized at the annual RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala in New York City.
Application deadline: February
School Advisor: Herbert Associate Dean, Adria Marlowe

Hearst Awards
The Hearst Journalism Awards Program was founded in 1960 to provide support, encouragement, and assistance to journalism education at the college and university level. The program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students’ schools. The 61st annual program offering up to $700,000 in awards, consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, one radio competition, two television competitions, and four multimedia competitions – with championship finals in all divisions.
Participation in the program is open to undergraduate journalism majors currently enrolled in
ACEJMC – accredited domestic universities. An exception to the journalism major rule is made for students entering the photojournalism competitions. Entrants must be actively involved in campus media and must have published articles, photographs or produced newscasts or multimedia pieces that can be submitted in the writing, photojournalism, broadcast news, and/or multimedia competitions.
Deadlines: October through April/Depends on category 
No applications are accepted directly from students.
Nominating Official: Professor Brian McFadden, Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations

Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium
Imagine being a part of an exclusive give and take with filmmakers like Barry Jenkins, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Todd Haynes, Joshua Oppenheimer, Francis Ford Coppola, Errol Morris, Hirokazu Kore-eda, David Fincher, Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Agnieszka Holland, Tilda Swinton, Mike Leigh, Lynne Ramsay, Walter Murch, Michael Haneke, Xavier Dolan, Chloé Zhao, Asghar Farhadi, Guy Maddin, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, and Volker Schlöndorff, to name just a few of the past participants in the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium. It all happens Labor Day weekend in beautiful Telluride, Colorado. The Student Symposium, now in its 31st year, is open to 50 currently enrolled college and university students from around the globe, no matter their major. Yes, there’s an official application but the primary requirement is a love of film. All participants in the Symposium receive a Student Festival pass and a modest travel stipend – the rest is up to you. We are looking for a diverse cross section of the college and university student population – undergraduate and graduate students; film and non-film majors; and geographical and cultural diversity. The most important qualities we seek are passion for film, an ability to enrich the discussions with other students and Symposium guests, and a willingness to follow a highly rigorous program of screenings and discussions. With only 50 slots available, each student’s full commitment to the program is critical.
Application deadline: March
School Advisor: Herbert Associate Dean, Adria Marlowe

Cannes Film & Business Internship Program/The American Pavilion
Do you want hands-on experience working at the world's most important film festival? Do you want to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most glamorous international events? Do you want the opportunity to see films from all over the world? Are you interested in learning about careers in the film, entertainment, hospitality, and/or event management industries? Or have you participated in the Cannes student programs and are ready to do it all over again? One of our distinct programs at the Cannes Film Festival is right for you! It is so much more than an internship.
Application deadline: December (early decision) or February
School Advisor: Herbert Associate Dean, Adria Marlowe

Other Scholarships/Fellowships

International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Summer Fellowship Program
The Summer Fellowship Program, the most notable student outreach effort of IRTS, teaches up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an expense-paid fellowship, which includes practical experience and career planning advice. Each year, college juniors, seniors, and graduate students are selected nationwide to participate in the nine-week Summer Fellowship Program – travel, housing, and living allowance included.

New York Women in Communications Foundation Award
Each year, the New York Women in Communications Foundation awards 15-20 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue or further a career in communications. Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, need, and a demonstrated commitment to the field of communications. New York Women in Communications and its foundation are committed to inclusion and diversity. Scholarships are generally in the amounts of $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000.