Sam Butterfield Daily Collegian Scholarship

This scholarship was established in loving memory of Samuel Josiah Butterfield, better known as Sam, who took the five-college consortium to new heights when he went to work as a reporter at The Daily Collegian while in his first year at Hampshire College.  Sam’s excellent journalistic skills so distinguished him that soon he was an editor at The Collegian. This caused the editorial staff to rewrite the paper’s constitution; never before had a non-UMass student had his name on the masthead. Sam also interned at The Springfield Republican, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and at, a news website in Hanoi. He published stories in The Hingham Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Harvard University’s Nieman Reports, and elsewhere. His passion for news was evident even in high school, where he became editor of the Hingham High Harborlight.

Sam was known as a dogged reporter and a masterful writer. He loved the thrill of following a story to its conclusion. He was a relentless editor who labored over the copy of his colleagues to make sure every word read well, and every punctuation mark was perfect. He practiced and upheld the highest possible standards of his profession, valuing accuracy above all else. Sam spent many long nights in the office of The Collegian. He cherished his T-shirts from the newspaper’s pub crawl.

Eligibility: This scholarship is open to students from any major, campus-wide, who work at The Daily Collegian.  Eligible students must have a focus on campus and community news and demonstrate financial need. The successful candidate will also possess outstanding journalistic skills and ethics, a passion for news reporting and the qualities and spirit of the late Sam Butterfield.

Selection: One award of up to $1,000 will be made. Based on the completion of the application, a College of Social and Behavioral Sciences committee chooses a recipient in the spring semester.

Deadline to apply: Wednesday March 9, 2016

The recipients of this award will be expected to:

  • Write a thank-you letter to the donors of the Sam Butterfield Daily Collegian Scholarship​
  • Attend the scholarship reception on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Contact: Susan McDonough , Associate Director of External Affairs for Donor Relations

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

235 Draper Hall

40 Campus Center Way

Amherst, MA 01003-9244


Phone: 413.577-1202

Fax: 413.577.0905


Personal Information
If you are graduating in Spring 2016 you are NOT eligible to apply for this award.
If you checked "yes," please be sure to upload a copy of your current financial aid award below.
Statement and Essay
Please write a brief statement (no more than 250 words) of financial need which describes any important or extenuating financial circumstances related to your need for this scholarship.
Please provide an essay (no more than 300 words) answering the following questions: What are your academic and professional interests and how do they relate to community journalism? Note: Before you enter your text into the online form, you may wish to write the essay separately and then paste it into the space provided
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