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.

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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.

The Rhonda Swan Memorial Scholarship

Rhonda Swan was a Journalism major who graduated in 1987 and became the first African American city editor at The Republican (Springfield) and later worked at The News Journal (Delaware) and The Palm Beach Post (Florida). She garnered numerous awards and much recognition during her career as a journalist, including from the New England Associated Press, the News Executive Association and the National Association of Black Journalists. Her family established this award in her memory.

Award: $2,000

Eligibility: All Journalism majors in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students from Springfield, MA, who are underrepresented in the Journalism Department.

Read about the 2017 recipients here.


Robert Crowley Memorial Prize for Excellence in Collegian Column Writing

Crowley was a Journalism major and Collegian columnist who graduated in 1982.  He wrote columns for the New Bedford Standard Times until his death in an automobile accident. 

Award: $500

Eligibility: Any published Collegian columnist enrolled in a degree program at UMass. Previous winners are not eligible.  

The Adrienne Matt Women in Sports Journalism Scholarship: 

This award is earmarked for a rising junior or senior Journalism major who aspires to a career in sports journalism.

Award: $2,000

Eligibility: Rising junior or senior journalism major enrolled in the Sports Journalism Concentration with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Preference will be given to women applicants. 

Learn more about Adrienne Matt and why she funds this scholarship here.

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.


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.

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.   

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. 

Read about the 2017 winners 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. 

Read about the 2017 winner here.

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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