Scott J. Bacherman Fund Internship Award

The Bacherman awards were established in memory of Scott J. Bacherman ’76 who served as Program Director of WMUA from 1973 to 1975. He instituted 24-hour operation of the station with paid management staff beginning in the summer of 1975. Scott founded Greenfield-based WPOE in 1976 and went on to a career as manager and owner of numerous commercial radio stations. Before his death in August 2002, he was Regional Executive Vice President of Clear Channel Communications, acting as chief operating executive of 34 radio stations in New England and Virginia in addition to the KQS Network in Boston.

Bacherman Internship Award – Two or three awards of up to $2,000 to support a student taking an internship in the field of broadcasting, media convergence or affiliated fields.

Eligibility: The successful applicant will:

  • Have a major in Communication, Journalism or BDIC, or be active in WMUA, WFCR, UVC-TV/19, The Daily Collegian and other campus media and entertainment organizations;
  • Provide documentation of an summer or fall internship in journalism, broadcasting, electronic media, entertainment/music industry, or affiliated fields;
  • Be in good academic standing; and
  • Have demonstrated financial need, as determined by the UMass Amherst Financial Aid Office.

Selection: Selection is based on financial need, academic merit and strength of completed application.

Deadline to applyWednesday, March 30, 2016

The recipients of this award will be expected to:

  • Write a thank-you letter to the donors of the Bacherman Fund
  • 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
Please note: seniors graduating in Spring 2016 are not eligible to apply.
If you checked "yes," please be sure to upload a copy of your current financial aid award below.
Program Information
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) describing the internship you will complete. How is it related to journalism, broadcasting, electronic media, entertainment/music industry, or affiliated fields? What is your current and future interest in this field? How will the internship help you reach your future career goals? Also, please describe any involvement with UMass Amherst campus media. 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.
File Uploads
Please list your academic achievements, student activities and employment in .pdf, .jpg or Word format.
If applicable, evidence of your current financial aid package from UMass Amherst (you should be able to log on to SPIRE and copy and paste this information into a Word document). Be sure to click the "Upload" button once you've located your file so that your application will be complete.
An email or letter from your internship sponsor confirming your internship placement. If your internship is not yet confirmed, please provide contact information for the organization.
By completing this application I declare that the information included is true and complete. If I am selected as a recipient of this award, I give my permission to share select information with the donor of the scholarship.