UMass Journalism Scholarships

All your scholarships. All in one place.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) has implemented an exciting and convenient new system, Academic Works, which automatically matches you with the scholarships you’re eligible for. These include scholarships offered through SBS, Commonwealth Honors College, CICS, the Alumni Association, financial aid, and your major department. By spring 2019, all scholarships offered at UMass will be in the Academic Works Platform.

Simply enroll in Academic Works, fill out the general scholarship application and the application for your college, and watch as all the scholarships you’re qualified for are populated on your screen.

How to enroll and apply:

  1. Go to the Academic Works webpage and sign in with your UMass Net ID and password.
  2. Complete the General Application. Once you do this, you’ll see all the scholarships you qualify for. Once you do this, you’ll see any supplemental applications for your major(s).  Completing the supplemental applications will qualify you for additional scholarships.
  3. Click on a scholarship link and upload supplementary documents (resumes, letters from faculty, etc., depending on the award)
  4. Submit your application and see your dashboard, which shows you the status of any pending and submitted applications.

If you have questions, please email us at acadworks@umass.edu.

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GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS:

The Megan S. Daley Scholarship
Megan Daley loved UMass. She wrote for the Daily Collegian and graduated with a degree in Journalism in 2006. She worked for WIS Publications in Dedham, MA, and, at the time of her death in 2013, she was the managing editor of SAP Insider Magazine. Her family established this scholarship in her memory. 

Award: $2,000
Eligibility: Journalism major from Massachusetts who has a minimum 3.3 grade point average and financial need.
Apply By: April 3, 2020


SPECIALITY SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS:

The Lawrence Dana Pinkham Study Abroad Scholarship
Lawrence “Larry” Pinkham was chair of the Journalism Department from 1976 to 1981 and a faculty member until his retirement in 1991. He also taught in China and India where he helped establish English-language journalism programs at major academic institutions. This scholarship honors Pinkham’s international work by helping a Journalism major who is studying abroad. 

Award: One $1,000 award
Eligibility: Journalism major studying abroad in the next academic year.
Apply By: April 3, 2020


INTERNSHIP AWARDS:

The Scott J. Bacherman Internship Awards
There are three scholarships available through the Scott J. Bacherman Fund. 

Two $3000 awards are available for journalism majors who have secured internships in media fields such as, but not limited to, print, broadcast, convergent, digital, emerging or cross platform; or those who have secured internships in journalism, sports, entertainment or public relations.

One $3000 award will support a student of any major in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences who has secured an internship in media fields such as, but not limited to, print, broadcast, convergent, digital, emerging or cross platform; or those who have secured internships in journalism, sports, entertainment or public relations.

Award: $9,000 (three $3,000 awards given)
Eligibility: Journalism major and students of any major in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. Preference will be given to students who have experience, paid or unpaid, in campus media including, but not limited to, WMUA, TV19, Daily Collegian or Amherst Wire. Eligible recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have demonstrated financial need as determined by the financial aid office.
Apply By: April 10, 2020  

The Dandley Internship Awards
Established by UMass alumni Sean (Journalism ’85) and Jayne (Nursing ’85) Dandley, the Dandley Internships Awards will go to Journalism majors who have unpaid internships during the upcoming summer or academic year. By giving this generous award, the Dandley Family wishes to signal the critical importance of journalism in democracy: journalism internships deserve funding at a level commensurate with internships in the STEM fields. Sean Dandley, the CEO of DSCI Corporation in Waltham, MA, and Jayne Dandley are also the benefactors of the Dandley Technology Endowment.

Award: $5,000 (two awards given)
Eligibility: Journalism major with an unpaid internship during the upcoming summer or academic year, financial need and a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Preference will be given to students participating in UMass ROTC or in the military.
Apply By: April 10, 2020 
Read about the 2017 recipients here.

The Thomas Family Scholarship
The Thomas Family Scholarship is awarded to a Journalism major who has an unpaid or underpaid internship in the field of emergent media. Elisa Thomas, class of '95, and her family have established this scholarship to encourage students to work in new media—websites, blogs, social media, etc. A committee will choose a recipient based on a new media internship, financial need and academic excellence.

Award: $1,400
Eligibility: All Journalism majors who have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, financial need and an internship in emergent media.
Apply By: April 10, 2020
Read about the 2017 recipient here.

The Milt Cole Memorial Scholarship
Milt Cole was a sports writer and editor for The Daily Hampshire Gazette from 1969 to 1993. He died at age 69 and his friends and family set up this memorial to him. Cole's great passions were the Boston Red Sox and the UMass men's basketball team. His colleagues remember him as a generous mentor who offered encouragement and advice to young reporters and editors and who believed in the importance of community journalism. The Milt Cole Memorial Scholarship helps students interested in a career in newspaper journalism. Students who completed an internship at The Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton in the fall or spring or who are planning one in the summer, may be eligible for financial support for expenses. The Milt Cole winners are selected by editors at The Daily Hampshire Gazette and Stanley Moulton, Cole's former colleague, who represents the Cole family.

Award: $1,800
Eligibility: Journalism majors who have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, financial need and an internship at The Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Apply By: April 10, 2020


Additional Resources: 

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers many scholarships for our students. Check them out here.

Learn how to write a winning scholarship application.

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