Academics

Financial Aid

Graduate school isn’t cheap, but most of our students receive financial aid to help cover costs (visit the Registrar’s Office’s website at www.bu.edu/reg for information about tuition and fees). BU offers a number of options to qualified students, including federal loans, work-study programs, graduate assistantships and College of Communication graduate scholarships. You can find more information about your financial aid options on the COM Graduate Admissions & Services website.

There are also many scholarships available to help you cover your tuition. Here is a list of scholarships that students have applied to in the past, and some places to find more….

Databases & Guides

www.fastWEB.com is a free website that offers a searchable database of over 275,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans.
The Minority Online Information Service has a free searchable database for qualified minority applicants at www.molis.org.
www.students.gov is a clearinghouse of government financial aid sources for U.S. students. A great site.
Mach25 is a free, online database of scholarships created by CollegeNET for undergraduate and graduate students at www.collegenet.com/mach25/.
Editor & Publisher magazine publishes a Journalism Awards and Fellowships issue each year that lists journalism scholarship opportunities. You can download or order a copy of the most recent edition for $25 on the ‘resources’ page of www.editorandpublisher.com.
The Financial Aid Information Page, at www.finaid.org, provides free financial aid information from the author of The Prentice Hall Guide to Scholarships and Fellowships for Math and Science Students. The website is sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
Students should also consult the nearest college financial aid office in their state of residence to inquire about the State’s grant program for graduate study.

Scholarship Opportunities

The following organizations offer scholarships to qualified students. Consult the organization’s information for deadlines.

The Boston University Program in Science Journalism Harold G. Buchbinder Fellowship. Students are considered for this scholarship during the admission process.
The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing awards Rennie Taylor/Alton Blakeslee Fellowships of up to $2,000 to students entering graduate-level science writing programs. To download the application, visit www.casw.org/applicat.htm.
The Society of Professional Journalists provides grants and scholarships for graduate study. There are professional and student chapters located throughout the US (including one at BU). Although you need not be a member to apply for some of their grants and scholarships, you do need to be a member to access the fellowship information page at www.spj.org. Dues for students are $36.
The National Association of Black Journalists offers scholarships to African American students enrolled in an accredited program majoring in print or broadcast journalism. For more information, visit http://www.nabj.org/programs/scholarships/index.php.
The Native American Journalists Association awards scholarships primarily to undergraduates, but welcomes applications from graduate students. Applicants must be members of the association; students can join online for 20 dollars. For more information and to download an application, visit http://www.naja.com/index.php/students/naja-scholarships/.
New York Women in Communications, Inc. offers annual scholarships to men and women from NY, NJ, CT or PA who are majoring in a communications-related field. You can find the application and guidelines on the web at www.nywici.org/foundation/scholarships.html.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. offers the Julia Bumry Jones Scholarship to a graduating senior, undergraduate, or graduate student majoring in journalism or communications. Applicants must be active members of Delta Sigma Theta. For more information, visit the members-only restricted area of the sorority’s website, www.deltasigmatheta.org.
The Guy P. Gannett Foundation Scholarship provides full tuition and expenses to students from Maine pursuing careers in journalism. Recipients are chosen based on demonstrated interest in journalism, financial need and academic performance. Applicants must have graduated from a Maine high school or been home-schooled at home in Maine. Visit the Maine Community Foundation’s website (www.mainecf.org) to download an application and for information about other scholarship opportunites for Mainers.
The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awards the $1000 Ken Inouye Scholarship to a Los Angeles, Ventura or Orange County resident attending journalism school. Information about this and other scholarships for Los Angelinos is available at http://spjla.org/?cat=15.
Business & Professional Women’s Foundation created the Career Advancement Scholarship Program to award financial assistance to disadvantaged women who want to further their education. Scholarships are provided to women who wish to advance in their career, or will soon enter or re-enter the workforce. Visit www.bpwusa.org/template.cfm?NavMenuID=88 to download application materials, or call (202)293-1100 for more information.
The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association Educational Foundation offers scholarships to members and children of members. For more information, visit http://ahepa.org/dotnetnuke/.
The Rose Biller Endowment Fund, administered by the Hebrew Free Loan Society on behalf of the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, provides tuition scholarships of up to $4,000 to Jewish students in need of financial aid. For more information, visit www.ujafedny.org.