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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

JMC Scholarship Rules and Application Requirements

If you are majoring in or are intending to major in journalism and mass communications, you may apply for an A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications scholarship. Submission deadline is EXTENDED TO 11:59 p.m., Feb. 12, 2017.

The following guidelines should help you understand what the Miller School is looking for in scholarship applications. Please read through all of the policies and material requirements before continuing to the application link at the bottom of this page.

General Policies

1. Applications lacking any of the materials will not be considered.

2. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is required unless the donor of a specific scholarship has designated otherwise.

3. Late applications (submitted after 5 p.m., Feb. 8, 2017) will not be accepted.

4. Scholarships are awarded for two semesters of full-time work. The student can expect to receive half of each scholarship at the beginning of each semester. No students will receive full scholarships for half-year enrollment. In addition, if you fail to enroll for at least 12 hours (or 6 hours for graduate students) and complete at least 9 hours of credit (or 3 hours for graduate students) in the fall semester, your scholarship for the subsequent spring semester will be canceled.

5. Preference is given to applicants with fewer than 89 hours by the end of the fall semester of the preceding academic year. If you have more than 89 hours by the end of the fall semester, but plan to return the next fall, please explain why the scholarship committee should consider your application for a scholarship.

Materials to include:

Section 1: Application Information

Section 1 of the application will ask you for basic biographical and demographic information. You will want to ensure you have a K-State eID before beginning the application. Future students can register for an eID at https://eid.k-state.edu.

Section 2: Application Letter (30 points) / Experience (20 points) / Academic History (20 points)

  • Upload an application letter (PDF format only) expressing your professional and academic interests and answering why you are attending, or wish to attend, the Miller School. Give us some sense of what you hope to accomplish in your career and how that is exemplified in your academic, professional and extracurricular activities. Also include an overview of your more challenging courses and what you did to succeed in those courses. Indicate any financial need you might have as it pertains to your higher education. Remember, spelling and grammar count.
  • Upload a resume (PDF format only) that includes what work you have done for media, a corporation or a nonprofit or educational organization. If you have held leadership positions while doing this work, indicate the position and the nature of the work involved. Experience can also include journalism and mass communications internships. Your resume should also include any extracurricular, volunteerism or leadership activities you have participated in, as well as any awards or honors you have received.
  • Upload your most recent transcript (PDF format only). Unofficial copies, either scanned or downloaded from your academic institution, are acceptable.

Section 3: Examples of Student Work, with preference for journalism and mass communications work (30 points)

For this section of the application, please upload or provide links to three examples of your work, either from professional media, student media or classroom assignments — with preference for journalism and mass communications work. Choose your best work, which can include class assignment examples, but please do not include anything that has grading on it. All your work can be in one area or can include several areas. Include only three total.

Writing: Examples include high school or college newspaper stories, news releases, advertisements, English compositions, copy for websites, audio or video scripts, blog post copy or any similar written material.

Visual: Examples include posters, fliers, advertisements, public service announcements (PSAs), newspapers, website design and graphics, photographs, drawings, logos, brochures, fliers, etc., where your work is entirely or primarily visual in nature.

Audio: Examples can include audio newscasts, radio shows, podcasts, voice work for commercials, original audio for websites and similar materials.

Multimedia: Examples include standard-format DVDs, CDs, websites, or social media—anything that includes more than one kind of media content. Be sure to make it clear which elements of the example are your work, and make it easy for the scholarship committee to locate these elements.

Video: Examples include news packages, corporate video, original video for websites, advertisements, social media video and similar materials. If the example is a group effort, specify the work you did on the example.

NOTE: Each uploaded file must be less than 16MB. If the file already exists on another website, you may instead include a link to the work.

If you have questions, please contact Katie Olsen.

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