Undergraduate Scholarships

 Awards from the College: The deadline to apply for scholarships from the Merrill College is April 11, 2014. These scholarships are only available to current and incoming Merrill students for the 2014-2015 academic year. (The application form is for Merrill College scholarships only.)

Download the Scholarship Application. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the application.

    For Incoming Students

    Incoming students do not apply for these awards. All incoming journalism students are considered for these scholarships on the basis of their applications to the university and their financial need.

    Baltimore Sun Diversity in Journalism Scholarship. Established by the Times Mirror Foundation, this non-renewable award is granted to an incoming freshman with high academic achievement in high school and wide-ranging cultural and economic background, who resides in the Baltimore Sun's circulation area.

    William Randolph Hearst Scholarship. Established in honor of William Randolph Hearsts's 82nd birthday, these are among the college's first scholarships.  A limited number of non-renewable awards are granted to outstanding Maryland high school students admitted to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

    William C. Huffman Scholarship. This fund was established by Diana L. Huffman, the Baltimore Sun Distinguished Lecturer at Merrill College, in honor of her father, Dr. William C. Huffman (1910-1988), and his commitment to education and philanthropy. This renewable scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism who are in good academic standing and remain so throughout the term of the award, demonstrate financial need, and are residents of Washington, DC or Prince Georges County, Maryland. Students are eligible to re-apply for the award in subsequent years as long as they still qualify for the award criteria.

Maury Povich Sports Journalism Scholarship.  Funded by Maury Povich and Connie Chung ’69 to support scholarships for students in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism who have interest in sports journalism. Recipients must have an expressed interest in sports journalism, be accepted for full-time enrollment. and maintain good academic standing.  Preference will be given to students of underrepresented populations and with unmet financial need.


    For Current Students

Carolyn A. and Howard F. Ahrens  Scholarship. Established by a bequest from Carolyn A. Ahrens, this scholarship is awarded to sophomores or juniors enrolled in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Students must be Maryland residents.

    Fred I., Edna O. and Fred J. Archibald Scholarship. Established by a bequest from Fred I. Archibald of Baltimore News-American and Frederick News-Post newspaper editors, this scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students enrolled in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

    Paul Berg Diamondback Scholarship. Funded by friends and family and The Washington Post in memory of Paul Berg, Diamondback editor-in-chief 1978-79 and assistant editor of The Post's Health section at the time of his death in 1989. This scholarship is awarded to a Diamondback editor or news staff member who displays special achievement and effort while working for the campus daily newspaper. Applicants must have served at least one semester on the Diamondback staff, and must return to campus for the following fall semester.  All majors may apply for this scholarship.

    Bonnie Bernstein Scholarship. Bernstein is a 1992 Merrill College graduate who was an Academic All-American gymnast. Applicants must be a fulltime, upperclass multi-platform journalism major (with preference for students in the broadcast component) who participates in an NCAA-sanctioned sport at the University of Maryland. Applicants also need to show evidence of financial need, have a GPA of 3.0 or above and submit an essay describing why they should receive the award.

    John Story Cleghorn and Nona Reese Cleghorn Scholarship. Funded by the late College Dean Reese Cleghorn in honor of his parents, this scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate journalism students based on academic merit, with preference given to students with financial need.

    Reese Cleghorn Excellence in Journalism Scholarship. Created in memory of the late College Dean Reese Cleghorn, this scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate journalism students based on academic merit, with preference givent to students with financial need.

    J. Theodore Crown, Sr. and Joseph T. Crown, Jr. Scholarship. Created by Kathryn Crown '66 in memory of her father and brother, this scholarship is awarded to undergraduate journalism students with junior or senior class standing.

    Ralph Crosby Journalism Excellence Award. Funded by Mr. Crosby, a 1956 graduate of the College who is a member of the Merrill College Board of Visitors and chairman of Crosby Marketing Communications, Inc., in Annapolis.  This scholarship provides an award toward tuition and fees to an undergraduate journalism student based on academic performance and financial need, with preference (in order) given to a student from Annapolis, Anne Arundel County or the State of Maryland.

    Penny Bender Fuchs Scholarship. This scholarship was established by colleagues, family and friends of Penny Bender Fuchs, an admired and respected member of the Merrill College faculty from 1999 until her death in 2013.  This scholarship is awarded to Merrill College students who are experiencing financial stress. 

    Lawrence L. Goldberg and Lillie Z. Goldberg Journalism Scholarships. Funded by Mr. and Mrs. Goldberg and their relatives and friends in honor of former Knight Chair Professors Hodding Carter III and Haynes Johnson, and former professor David Broder, three faculty members who taught classes that the Goldberg's attended at the Merrill College as retirees. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students in the Merrill College bases on demonstrated academic excellence, with financial need also taken in to consideration (but not a determining factor).

    Carol Horner Journalism Scholarship. This scholarship was established by family, friends and colleagues of the late Ms. Horner, a dedicated journalist and woman of wonderful good humor who forged a distinguished career as a reporter and editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Wall Street Journal before serving as director of hte Knight Center for Specilaized Journalism at the University of Maryland.  This non-renewable scholarship is awarded to a high-achieving undergraduate student with financial need in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

    K. Christopher Houston '85 Scholarship.  The K. Christopher Houston Scholarship was established in memory of K. Christopher "Chris" Houston, '85, a distinguished journalist who worked for CNN Headline News in Atlanta and WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C. Funded by Karen Gray Houston, family and friends, this scholarship is awarded to a student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism who has demonstrated a strong interest in pursuing a career in broadcast journalism.

    Jay Jackson Scholarship. Funded by former Annapolis newspaper executive Allen Jackson in memory of his brother Jay, an honors graduate of Maryland's second journalism class. This scholarship is awarded based on merit and need, to a multi-platform student who will be a senior the following semester.

    Phyllis and Frank Kopen Broadcast Journalism Scholarship. Endowed by broadcast faculty member and College alumna Sue Kopen Katcef '76 in honor of her parents, this scholarship is awarded to a sophomore or junior broadcast student (radio or TV) in recognition of their contributions to the College’s broadcast journalism program. Consideration may be given to financial need and academic performance.  Awards may be renewable for up to two years if recipients continue to make satisfactory academic progress.

    Tom Kunkel Journalism Excellence Scholarship. Created by colleagues and friends of former dean Tom Kunkel (2000-2008), this scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate students based on academic merit, with preference given to students with financial need.

    Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association Scholarship. This scholarship is funded by the MDDC Press Association and is awarded to full-time undergraduate multi-platform (non-broadcast) students who are residents of Maryland, Delaware, or D.C. Recipients and must also have completed at least three semesters with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    Ron Menchine Broadcast Journalism Scholarships. Established in 2013 with a bequest from the estate of Mr. Menchine, a 1956 Maryland graduate who was the last baseball broadcasting voice of the Washington Senators. In his earlier career, he was sports director of WBAL-radio in Baltimore and WDCA-TV in Washington, and was a play-by-play announcer for Temple and Navy football games. The Menchine fund awards scholarships to high-achieving broadcast students in the Merrill College.

    Gertrude Poe Fund for Journalism Excellence. An endowed fund established in 1988 by the former editor, publisher and owner of the weekly Laurel News Leader in Maryland. Ms. Poe was the first female
    president of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association and was inducted into to the MDDC Hall of Fame in 1987. Spendable income from the Poe fund supports student scholarships in the Merrill College, with preference
    given to students with an interest in community journalism.

    Frank Quine and Mary Ellen Doran-Quine Journalism Scholarship. Funded by the College’s former Assistant Dean Frank Quine and his wife, this scholarship is awarded to a rising junior or senior multi-platform undergraduate with financial need and high potential as a professional journalist.

    Stanley E. Rubenstein Memorial Journalism Scholarship. Established by Ruth Ann Rubenstein ('53) in memory of her husband,  a 1953 economics graduate of Maryland, who became a leading New York City public relations executive. This scholarship is awarded to an oustanding undergraduate student based on financial need and academic merit.

    Richard W. Worthington Journalism Scholarship. Named in memory of the late publisher of the weekly Bel Air, Md. Aegis newspaper. This scholarship  is awarded to a multi-platforml major (undergraduate or graduate) based on a combination of academic excellence, evidence of potential as a journalist and financial need. Preference given to a resident of Harford County, Maryland.

    Maury Povich Sports Journalism Scholarship.  Funded by Maury Povich and Connie Chung ’69 to support scholarships for incoming freshmen and students in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism who have interest in sports journalism. Recipients must have an expressed interest in sports journalism, be enrolled full-time and maintain good academic standing.  Preference will be given to students of underrepresented populations and with unmet financial need.
     

    Internship Awards
    Penny Bender Fuchs Internship Grants. This fund was established by colleagues, family and friends of Penny Bender Fuchs, an admired and respected member of the Merrill College faculty from 1999 until her death in 2013.  Rising Merrill College juniors and seniors are eligible for this award. Preference is given to students who might not otherwise be able to participate in an internship due to financial limitations.  Preference is also given to students who have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in journalism courses.

    John A. Jenkins '72 Internship Award. Established by John Jenkins '72, president and publisher emeritus of CQ Press in Washington, DC and author of "The Partisan: The Life of William Rehnquist." This fund provides travel- or tuition-related internship expenses for Merrill College students who might not otherwise be able to participate in internships due to financial limitations.

    Joseph R. Slevin Award. Established by the family of the late Joseph R. Slevin, former president of the National Press Club and National Press Foundation, former journalist with the Journal of Commerce, New York Herald-Tribune, Times of London and The New York Times, and author for 19 years of a widely syndicated column covering economics. This scholarship is awarded in consultation with the Merrill College Internship Director to students who obtain a full-time summer internship with a leading media organization in the area of political or economic reporting.  Scholarships will cover the cost of tuition for internship academic credits and expenses associated with the internship.


    International Travel Awards (please download our Travel Award Application)

    Hiebert Journalism International Travel Award.  An endowed fund established by and named for College founding dean and Professor Emeritus Ray E. Hiebert. Provides travel reimbursements to enable undergraduate or graduate journalism students at Maryland to travel outside the U.S. on a particular journalistic or research project with a specific itinerary. Preference will be given to multi-platform journalism students with an interest in the public affairs reporting.

    Gene Roberts Award.  An endowed fund established by and named for Professor Emeritus Eugene Roberts to inspire more knowledge and understanding of the world outside the United States. Provides travel reimbursement to undergraduate or graduate journalism students at Maryland to travel outside the U.S. on particular journalistic or research projects with a specific itinerary. Preference is given to multi-platform journalism students with an emphasis in public affairs reporting.

 


From the University:

    University of Maryland Financial Aid

    National Scholarships Office.The National Scholarships Office is committed to helping students of the University of Maryland identify, apply for, and win national scholarships and fellowships in their pursuit of higher education. We also help students find research opportunities in their fields of study.

 


From Outside Sources:

    Society of Professional Journalists Maryland Pro Chapter College Scholarship. Applicants must have regular home residence in the State of Maryland, but may attend colleges or universities outside Maryland in nearby Virginia, D.C. or Pennsylvania. NOTE: This scholarship has not been given in a number of years but there are plans to reactivate it in 2013-2014. We'll provide a link when it is announced.

    SPJ -- Sigma Delta Chi Journalism Scholarships. The SDX Foundation of Washington, the educational arm of the Washington, D. C., Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, will be awarding scholarships totaling up to $15,000 to full-time juniors or seniors.

    South Asian Journalists Association Scholarships. The South Asian Journalists Association awards one $500 scholarship to a high school senior about to enter college and one $500 scholarship to a college student.