Journalism Scholarships

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The Journalism Program at UMD offers three scholarships to recognize and reward exemplary students in the program. Below are descriptions of these awards and the minimum criteria for applying to each.

The Gustaf A. and Mary V. Nordin Memorial Scholarship

Mary Nordin established this scholarship in honor of her husband Gustaf A. Nordin, a reporter, editor, and columnist for the Duluth News Tribune, who began in the Superior Bureau in 1929. He served as a political columnist and correspondent from Washington, D.C., for the News Tribune and other newspapers in Minnesota and the Dakotas. He also produced a weekly radio show, which aired on WCCO (Minneapolis) and WDSM (Duluth). He became managing editor of the News Tribune in 1950 and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1970. The Gustaf A. and Mary V. Nordin Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the journalism faculty in the Department of Communication.

Criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be interested in pursuing a career in journalism

  • Major in Journalism, Communication, or a related field

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Be a current freshman, sophomore or junior returning to school for the 2016-2017 school year (graudating seniors are not eligible)

  • Note: Preference is given to students who write/edit for the Statesman

How to Apply

To apply for the Nordin Scholarship, you must submit an electronic portfolio and a current transcript to the Journalism Program Director John Hatcher (jhatcher@d.umn.edu). Your portfolio must include: a cover letter, resume and three samples of work you have produced (clips). We encourage journalism produced in all forms of media. Contact the Journalism Program or Communication Department for details on annual application deadlines.

 

The Larry Oakes Journalism Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor the life and memory of Lawrence Victor Oakes III, a peerless journalist and professor, an adept handyman, a non-judgmental and remarkable listener, and an uncompromising champion of the human spirit. The Larry Oakes Journalism Scholarship will provide the award recipient with a $1,250 award to be used towards credit hours or to be paid out to allow the student to pursue an internship at a newspaper in the state of Minnesota.  The partner newspaper will also contribute $1,250 to the student as a stipend for the internship.

Criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a registered student at the University of Minnesota Duluth returning to school for the 2016-2017 school year (graduating seniors are not eligible)

How to Apply

To apply for the Larry Oakes Scholarship, you must fill out this form and submit it to the Journalism Program director (John Hatcher, jhatcher@d.umn.edu).

 

The Steven R. Fox Journalism Scholarship

Steven R. Fox, a 1974 UMD graduate and recipient of the 1997 distinguished alumni award, has spent more than 30 years in the journalism profession. He is now president of Greenspring Media Group, a Minneapolis-based publishing company and producer of consumer events and shows. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist and encourage undergraduate journalism students in their educational endeavors. The Steven R. Fox Scholarship is awarded by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, based on a recommendation from the journalism faculty in the Department of Communication.

Criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a full-time student from Minnesota in good standing at UMD

  • Be a Journalism major or minor

  • Be a current freshman, sophomore or junior returning to school for the 2016-2017 school year (graduating seniors are not eligible)

  • Demonstrate financial need

How to Apply

To apply for the Fox Scholarship, you must submit an electronic portfolio and a current transcript to the Journalism Program Director John Hatcher (jhatcher@d.umn.edu). Your portfolio must include: a cover letter, resume and three samples of work you have produced (clips). We encourage journalism produced in all forms of media. Contact the Journalism Program or Communication Department for details on annual application deadlines.