Scholarships and Fellowships



APSE scholarship: The Associated Press Sports Editors are sponsoring four $1,500 scholarships for collegiate sports journalists. APSE, a national organization of sports editors, is awarding four scholarships to help motivate talented students to pursue a career in sports journalism. Collegiate sports journalists entering their sophomore, junior or senior years in 2017 are eligible for the scholarship which will awarded based on the students’ journalistic work, their academic record, financial need, and geography. The winners will be chosen by the APSE scholarship committee, which is chaired by Joe Sullivan, sports editor of the Boston Globe and includes editors from all sections of the United States. Deadline is June 1.

Please have include the following information in their letter of application:
– Personal: Name, address, age, phone number.
– Academic: A copy of the student’s collegiate grades.
– Financial: A brief rundown of the student’s financial situation, with regards to how he/she plans to pay for tuition.
– Five examples of sports journalism (usually stories but could also be sections the student has edited), using either links or PDFs.

Email information to Joe Sullivan, sports editor of the Boston Globe at with APSE Scholarship in subject line.


AAJA Scholarship/Internship @ ESPN

Murray Scholars Program

The Murray Scholar  Scholarship program, funded by the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation (JMMF), awards five (5) $5,000 scholarships annually to outstanding print journalism students, with emphasis on sports journalism, through a nationwide essay competition.

Undergraduate students officially enrolled at the University’s School of Journalism, who will be of junior or senior status for the fall 2017 semester. Students entering his/her senior year will graduate in Spring of 2018 (or Spring of 2019) and not mid-year.

An applicant must be a citizen of the United States.

An applicant must have at least a “B” (3.0) grade point average and enrolled as a full time student.

An applicant must  show integrity of character, interest in and respect for his/her fellow humans, and the energy to use his/her writing talents to the fullest extent.

DEADLINE April 1, and see Prof. Gerstner for more information.


NABJ Stuart Scott internship/scholarship

ESPN and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will continue their relationship by offering an internship at ESPN that resumes in the summer of 2017. The internship will be offered in memory of Stuart Scott for his contributions to sports journalism. The longtime ESPN anchor died January 4, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Interested students will apply for the internship, which includes a $3500 stipend on behalf of ESPN and the Sports Task Force.


NABJ’s Sports Task Force promotes diversity in America’s sports departments and provides programming toward developing the next wave of sports journalists.


Candidates will be submitted to ESPN from the NABJ Sports Task Force.



Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2017.


For students of Polish heritage

The Kosciuszko Foundation, An American Center for Polish Culture is currently accepting applications for tuition scholarships for academic year 2017-2018.   Eligible candidates are US citizens of Polish descent and US permanent residents of Polish heritage for full-time studies.  Funding is available for studies in journalism. Qualified students evidence interest in or involvement in the Polish American community and have a GPA of 3.0 or above.  Scholarships range from $1,000 to $7,000 and are awarded on a competitive basis.  Applicant must show proof of Polish descent. Apply on-line now and through January 17, 2017.  Details are found at: Scholarship decisions are made by the Scholarship Committee of the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  Winners will be notified May 25, 2017.

– Larry Whiteside Scholarship is open with a deadline of March 1. The scholarship has been increased to $5,000 this year and also includes a free trip to the NABJ Convention & Career Fair in New Orleans. He or she will be introduced representatives from major media outlets across the country and have the opportunity to meet mentors and develop contacts throughout the industry.
MSU School of Journalism Scholarships



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