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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Diversity Scholarship Opportunities

Compiled by the Diversity Committee of the Miller School

The information is from the sponsors’ web sites, so check with them for updated information and current deadlines. Please share updates and additions with Steve Wolgast, wolgast@ksu.edu. Originally prepared November 2012. 

Asian American Journalists Association

Broadcast News Grants

Awards: $500 and $1,000
Deadline: May

AAJA will award two broadcast news grants supporting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders pursuing journalism careers in broadcasting, an industry where AAPIs continue to be underrepresented.

  • One internship grant for $500 is open to males and females in television or radio. Applicants must have already secured a summer internship before applying; the stipend is to be used toward living expenses and transportation.
  • One scholarship of $1,000 to an aspiring male television broadcaster.

Winners will also be assigned a professional journalist through the AAJA Broadcast Mentor Program.

CIC/Anna Chenault Scholarship

Award: $5,000 ($3,900 goes directly to student and $1,100 goes toward paying for travel and housing to the AAJA convention)
Deadline: May

1. Student must be a rising sophomore
2. The winner will be part of the AAJA Voices program in New York during its annual convention.


Carol Simpson Scholarship

Radio and Digital News Association

Award: $2,000
Deadline: May

Carole Simpson is a former member of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation Board of Trustees. She established the Carole Simpson Scholarship to encourage and help minority students overcome hurdles along their career path.

Carole Simpson Scholarship winners are working as reporters, producers and anchors in television and radio stations across the country.

Simpson retired from ABC News in 2006 to become Leader-in-Residence at Emerson College's School of Communications in Boston. In a career of notable firsts, in 1992 Simpson became the first woman and the first African American to moderate a presidential debate. She is completing a book on her 40 years as a pioneering African American woman in the field of journalism. Simpson is a commentator for National Public Radio and a frequent political analyst on "Larry King Live." In 1996, Simpson receive the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award in recognition of her work to protect First Amendment Freedoms.

All scholarships are open to enrolled students (freshmen excluded) who are pursuing careers in radio and television news. Winners also receive an expense-paid trip to the RTDNA/SPJ National Conference. Candidates must be a full-time college student whose career objective is electronic journalism and have at least one full year of college remaining. To receive an award, winners must be officially enrolled in college and be in good standing. Scholarships are paid in semi-annual installments for one year of study.


Must be officially enrolled in college and have at least one full academic year remaining. Must be a fully enrolled college sophomore or higher to receive a scholarship.
Must apply for only one scholarship. May be enrolled in any major so long as your intent is a career in electronic journalism.


A completed application form, submitted ONLINE ONLY. All applications must be submitted by May 31, 2012. One to three examples showing your journalistic skills, totaling 15 minutes or less, of audio or video, accompanied by scripts. Submitted ONLINE ONLY. 

A letter of reference from your dean or faculty sponsor explaining why you are a good candidate for an award. The letter must also certify that you have at least one or more years of school remaining.

If you have questions, please contact Katie Switchenko at katies@rtdna.org

Chips Quinn Scholars Program


Date: Summer
Cost: Free
Salary: Paid
Deadline: October 15

Nearly 1,200 men and women have been named Chips Quinn Scholars since 1991, making it the largest and most enduring diversity initiative of the Freedom Forum. The program places minority juniors and seniors in paid newspaper internships around the country.

Applicants must be either journalism majors or students interested in careers in newspaper journalism. They must be U.S. citizens or residents, and should have a car.

Scholars are accepted into the program by nomination from journalism faculty and campus media advisers, editors of newspapers or leaders of minority journalism associations. Students also may apply directly to the program, with letters of endorsement from editors or educators. College juniors, seniors or graduates with journalism majors or career goals in newspapers are eligible.

Internships take place both in the spring semester and in the summer. The deadline for both programs is October 15. This year the program includes an expense-paid trip to a training program in Tennessee. View the on-line application at chipsquinn.org.

The Diversity Institute matches nominees with participating news organizations from across the country for 10- to 12-week paid internships. Selected scholars participate in an orientation program at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville, Tenn., in preparation for their internships. Scholars also take a one-week class in multimedia journalism and can earn one hour of college credit. The multimedia class is taught at the Diversity Institute’s school facility in Nashville.

CNN Journalism Scholarships Program

aaja.org, nabj.org, nahj.org

Award: $25,000
Deadline: Varies

You may have heard of the coveted CNN Journalism Scholarships Program and wondered how and where you could apply for it. Many journalism students are interested in these minority scholarships because they are worth $25,000 each. Unfortunately, they are only available for minority students.

In fact, the CNN Journalism Scholarships are only available through three specific minority journalism organizations. These organizations include the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

CNN donated $1 million to this journalism scholarship program, but has no decision in who gets the awards. These decisions are made by the individual minority journalism associations, and are applied for when the other scholarships offered through the organizations are applied for – usually using just one application. The CNN scholarship program has been available since 2005.

Cox Minority Journalism Scholarship

Cox Enterprises Inc.

Award: Full tuition, room, board, books
Eligibility: Hometown in or near West Palm Beach, Austin, Atlanta
Deadline: Contact sponsor

Amount of Scholarship: Full Tuition, plus room, board, and books Requirements: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and an African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, or Native American student graduating from a metro school system served by one of the following newspapers: West Palm Beach Post (Florida), Austin-American Statesman (Texas), or Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia). Applicant must plan to study for four years and wish to pursue a career in the newspaper industry. Interview required of qualified applicants. Only one newspaper is selected annually to administer the program. Recipient is expected to intern at the newspaper during the summer and holiday breaks throughout the four years of college. Write in January to receive application. Eligibility: College freshman, College sophomore, College junior, College senior

Sponsorship provided by:
Cox Enterprises, Inc. P.O. Box 4689 Atlanta, GA 30302 USA

You can find out more by contacting:

Cox Newspapers, Inc. Cox Minority Journalism Scholarship PO Box 105720 Atlanta, GA 30348

You should always spend time looking into any material provided for the scholarship. The best shot of success is a result of first understanding the qualifications and then determining if you qualify. Prior to starting, figure out the particular aims of the Cox Enterprises, Inc. and their reason for offering the Cox Minority Journalism Scholarship. If you meet the requirements, figure out if there is a reasonable chance of being awarded the scholarship. Upon determining that you have the possibility of going on to be awarded the Cox Minority Journalism Scholarship, then it is worth it to put forth the effort to apply.

A vital part in the process of trying for the scholarship is filling out the application correctly. Occasionally the process can be lengthy and laborious, but you shouldn't underestimate how important it is that the forms are filled out precisely and thoroughly. It would be awful to be bumped because of carelessness.

Once the application is sent off, it's important to know when the Cox Minority Journalism Scholarship chooses a winner and makes payment of the resources so that you can know if it is possible to count on the scholarship to help meet any bills associated with your education and what assistance it will provide, since there might be constraints on how you can use the Cox Minority Journalism Scholarship. Increasingly, it is tough to find ways to take care of the expenses associated with school, and making use of the Cox Minority Journalism Scholarship as a supplement to your own resources can make things much easier. Even if you don't obtain the Cox Minority Journalism Scholarship, keep at it, search for additional scholarships and your persistence may be rewarded. 

Fleishman Diversity Fellowships

Fleishman-Hillard Public Relations


Award: Fellowship in a Fleishman-Hillard office
Deadline: Mid-March

As part of our commitment to cultivating a diverse workforce, we are offering six- to 12-month fellowships, with benefits, to emerging communications professionals from ethnically diverse backgrounds. The fellowships include a paid position in one of our U.S. offices, professional development training and a mentor program. As a fellow, you will rotate among our account teams, gaining practical experience in the field of integrated communications from some of the industry’s best counselors. By working on client projects, you will learn valuable communications tactics, general business strategy and industry issues. Initial offices participating in the program are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, St. Louis and Washington, D.C., with additional offices adding fellowships in the future.

We are looking for college seniors, recent college graduates and graduate students from ethnically diverse backgrounds. The ideal candidate will have a career interest in public relations and communications, proven writing skills, initiative, creative problem-solving skills, proficiency in social media communications and a track record of academic achievement. Previous internship experience in the public relations or communications field is preferred.

Candidates must be pursuing or already hold an undergraduate or graduate degree in public relations, communications, journalism or related field. At the time of application, candidates may be no more than one year removed from receipt of their undergraduate or graduate degree. Candidates must be able to work a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists’ Association


Award: $3,000
Deadline: July

Leroy F. Aarons dedicated his life to journalism. He believed that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community could advance if the news media fairly and accurately portrayed the lives of LGBT individuals and their issues. This simple but visionary idea became the foundation for the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA).

Aarons knew that coverage of the LGBT community, as well as that of other minority communities, required increasing sophistication and training for journalists. He realized early that improving coverage had to start in the training camps for young journalists – journalism schools at the nation's colleges and universities. In NLGJA's 15th year, the Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award was established to honor Aarons' memory and to continue the work he began when he founded NLGJA in 1990.

The scholarship award will provide up to $3,000 in tuition funding to an LGBT student who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA's mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBT community.


NLGJA is grateful to its members, friends and corporate sponsors who have contributed to the NLGJA Scholarship Fund, including CNN's inaugural gift of $100,000 in January of 2006.


Applicants must be planning to pursue a career in journalism, be able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to the profession. Selection will be based on journalistic and scholastic ability. Applicants also must demonstrate an awareness of the issues facing the LGBT community and the importance of fair and accurate news coverage.

For undergraduates, a declared major in journalism and/or communications is desirable but not required. Non-journalism majors may demonstrate their commitment to a journalism career through work samples, internships, and work on a school news publication, online news service or broadcast affiliate.

Graduate students must be enrolled in a journalism program.

Who Can Apply

  1. High school seniors who have been accepted to attend a U.S. community college or four-year university, or who can show proof of application to a community college or four-year university and will attend full-time for two consecutive terms during the 2012-2013 term.
  2. Undergraduate students who will attend a U.S. community college or four year university full-time for two consecutive terms.
  3. Undergraduate students who have been accepted for their first year of a U.S. graduate school and have submitted a tuition deposit.

Les Payne Founder's Scholarship 

National Association of Black Journalists


Award: $2,500
Deadline: April 1

The Les Payne Founder's Scholarship is open to any NABJ student member who is currently attending an accredited four-year university. Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student who:

  1. Majors in journalism or is pursuing a career in journalism
  2. Maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA

Additional Criteria:

  1. All applicants must be a member of NABJ
  2. Previous NABJ scholarship winners are not eligible
  3. All grants are awarded directly to the recipient's college or university
  4. Scholarships will be awarded upon proof of enrollment. The winner will be formally recognized on the NABJ Web site and in the convention program book.

Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, is a columnist for Newsday. The paper’s recent associate editor was responsible for national/foreign and health & science news at the paper for a quarter century; he also served as Newsday’s New York Editor. His news staffs won every major award in journalism, including six Pulitzer Prizes. Les Payne is also a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists


Awards: $1,000 to $5,000
Deadline: July

NAHJ General Scholarships – Rubén Salazar Fund
Ranging from $1,000 – $2,000 per student, these scholarships are awarded to college-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students pursuing careers in English or Spanish-language print, photo, broadcast or online journalism.

NAHJ Ford Motor Company Fund Scholarships
These Scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded to students pursuing careers in print, broadcast, online and visual journalism. College-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students are eligible as long as they have a 2.0 average. These scholarships are made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund, an effort to support young aspiring Latino journalists.

NAHJ PepsiCo Scholarships
These Scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded to students pursuing careers in print, broadcast, online and visual journalism. College-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students are eligible as long as they have a 2.0 average. These scholarships are made possible by PepsiCo, an effort to support young aspiring Latino journalists.


NAHJ Maria Elena Salinas Scholarships
Established in 2002, this program awards a scholarship of up to $5,000 to students who demonstrated a strong desire to pursue a career as a Spanish-language broadcast journalist. This program is made possible through a donation from Univision network news anchor, and NAHJ founding member Maria Elena Salinas. Her generosity has been matched by the Univision network. which has also contributed to this award. This scholarship is awarded to college undergraduate and graduate students. Recipients of the Maria Elena Salinas Scholarship will also have an opportunity to intern with either the news division of the Univision network or with an Univision affiliate.

NAHJ Geraldo Rivera Scholarship
Up to $5,000 will be awarded to a college senior or graduate student pursuing a career in English or Spanish-language TV broadcast journalism. This scholarship is made possible thanks to a substantial donation by Geraldo Rivera, host of Geraldo At Large on FOX News, as a way to support young Latino journalists aspiring to enter the field.

NAHJ Soledad O’Brien Scholarships
Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a career in TV broadcast journalism. This scholarship is made possible thanks to a donation from Soledad O’Brien, an anchor and special correspondent for CNN.

NAHJ Jane Velez-Mitchell Scholarships
Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a career in TV broadcast journalism. This scholarship is made possible thanks to a donation from Jane Velez-Mitchell, a host for CNN/HLN. 

New York Times Journalism Institute


Dates: Last two weeks of May
Cost: Free
Salary: Stipend
Deadline: The last Saturday in February

The Institute is a collaboration between The New York Times and the National Association of Black Journalists; and The New York Times and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. It is held the last two weeks of May each year.

There is no cost whatsoever to attend the Institute. Students are provided with room and board, and all of their costs, including transportation to and from the Institute, are paid by The New York Times Company. A stipend is also provided. We are looking for reporters, copy editors, photographers, designers, Web producers and video journalists. 

To be eligible applicants must be student members of the National Association of Black Journalists. An applicant should also have worked for at least one semester on a student publication or have been an intern or employee of a news media organization.

During the program, students are working journalists supervised by reporters and editors from The New York Times and The Boston Globe. Students cover actual events in the cities in which the Institute is held. Opportunities for students include reporting, copy editing, photography, Web production, print and Web design, and video journalism.

Application forms are posted no later than the fall of each year before the next year’s Institute, at this site. To apply, a student must submit a completed application form; an essay of up to 500 words on why he or she wants to be a journalist; a letter of recommendation from a professor or an editor, which must be mailed separately; and work samples based on the category for which he or she is applying. Reporters must provide five published clips; copy editors must supply five published stories or posts they have edited with headlines they wrote for them; photographers, designers, graphics editors and interactive information specialists must provide five work samples, and those samples need not have been published.

Application forms must be submitted by the last Saturday in February in the year before the Institute. Successful applicants are normally notified no later than the last Friday in March. Although every effort is made to notify all applicants of the outcome of their application, the volume of entries makes it impossible to guarantee that every unsuccessful applicant will be notified.

For more information about the Institute or an application form, please contact:

Don R. Hecker, Director
The New York Times Student Journalism Institute
The New York Times
620 Eighth Ave.
New York, NY 10018-1405
(212) 556-1576 hecker@nytimes.com

PRSSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship


Award: 2 Scholarships
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: May

Two scholarships, each in the amount of $1,500, will be awarded to talented communications students who are of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry. All applicants must be full-time undergraduate students at accredited four-year colleges or universities, be at least junior status and at most have one full term remaining as of Fall 2011 and have earned a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale.

You must be registered as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited four-year college or university. Membership in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is preferred, but is not a requirement. A major or minor in public relations is also preferred. A student who attends a school that does not offer a public relations degree or program must be enrolled in a communications degree program (e.g., journlaism or mass communications).

You must be of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry.

You must have attained, by fall semester before the application deadline, at least junior status and have at most one full term remaining. You also must have earned and maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale in all courses.

Village Voice Digital Media Fellowship for Minority Students


Award: Fellowship
Date: June to August
Stipend: $4,000
Deadline: February

The Village Voice, in conjuction with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University, offers an intensive, 8-week paid summer fellowship for minority students concentrating on web and digital media.

Digital fellows will be immersed in blogging, photography, video, audio and social media and will produce origina, reported material for Village Voice online publications.

Housing will be provided. The program is open to students who are withing one year of grad-uation, graduate students or post-grads. The course runs at the Cronkite School in downtown Phoenix.

Vincent Chin Scholarship

Asian American Journalists Association


Award: $500
Deadline: May

The scholarship will be for a college student pursuing journalism as a career. The candidates will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, commitment to the field of journalism and/or sensitivity to Asian American and Pacific Islander issues.