UMass Journalism Scholarships

Journalism majors can apply for numerous scholarships from the Journalism Department, listed below. They can also apply for scholarships from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences via the SBS scholarship page.

Robert Crowley Memorial Prize for Excellence in Collegian Column Writing

The Crowley Prize, established in 1992, is open to any published Collegian columnist enrolled in a degree program at UMass.  All submissions must be copies of columns published during the academic year in the Collegian.

Crowley was a Journalism major and Collegian columnist who graduated in1982.  He wrote columns for the New Bedford Standard Times until his death in an automobile accident. 

Students may submit up to three columns for consideration for the Crowley Prize in the Journalism office. The winner is selected by a committee of Journalism faculty based on quality of writing, originality and effectiveness.  Previous winners are not eligible.  The application deadline is April 15. 

The Thomas Family Scholarship

The Thomas Family Scholarship is awarded to a Journalism major who is taking 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. Elisa currently is director of the global corporate digital marketing team at Estee Lauder Companies. 

All Journalism majors who have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and financial need are eligible to apply for this $1,400 scholarship.

A committee will choose recipients based on a new media internship, financial need and academic excellence. The application deadline is April 15. Click here to download the application.

The Lawrence Dana Pinkham Study Abroad Scholarship

The Pinkham Scholarship goes to a Journalism major studying abroad in the next year. 

Lawrence “Larry” Pinkham was chair of the Journalism Department from 1976-1981 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 $1,000 scholarship honors Pinkham’s international work by helping a Journalism major who is studying abroad. 

Applications are accepted until April 1 for study abroad the following year. Click here to download the application.

The Megan S. Daley Scholarship

The Daley Scholarship goes to a Journalism major from Massachusetts who has a minimum 3.3 grade point average and financial need.

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.

This $2,000 award honors Megan and a Journalism major who hopes to make a positive difference in the world.  The application deadline is April 1. Click here to download the application.

The Sam Butterfield Daily Collegian Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship supports students in any major who work at The Daily Collegian and have demonstrated financial need.

The deadline to apply to the $1,000 award is March 12. Click here to apply.

The Scott J. Bacherman Internship Award

Journalism majors active in WMUA, WFCR, UVC-TV19, The Collegian or other campus media organizations can apply for the Bacherman Internship Awards. Two or three awards of up to $2,000 will go to students who will be doing an unpaid internship in the field of broadcasting, media convergence or affiliated fields.

The deadline is Wednesday, April 2. Click here to apply.

Journalism Department
108 Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: 413.545.1376