Awards

UNC School of Media and Journalism undergraduate majors who have been admitted to the school are eligible to apply for a wide array of awards made possible by generous donors.

Awards are available in the following areas: 

Applications and deadlines vary. Please review the guidelines carefully and follow the directions. Please note that awards differ from scholarships in that award amounts are paid directly to the student rather than to the student’s UNC account. Awards may have tax implications.

MJ-school undergraduate majors also are eligible for superlative awards chosen by an MJ-school faculty committee. The committee is chaired by C.A. Tuggle, senior associate dean for undergraduate studies. There is no application required for these awards.

For questions, please email UNCMJawards@unc.edu.  

Extracurricular Activities

The Cole Campbell Professional Development Fund and Patricia Miller Moore Award are also administered through the Don and Barbara Curtis Excellence Fund for Extracurricular Activities application process.
 

Don and Barbara Curtis Excellence Fund for Extracurricular Activities

Special application | Apply by the last day of each month
The Curtis Fund supports MJ-school undergraduate majors who participate in meaningful out-of-class activities that will help them in their careers. This special application will be open on a rolling basis, August through March.
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Cole Campbell Professional Development Fund

Funding decisions made in conjunction with the Curtis Fund application process
This fund helps student journalists attend workshops, career fairs and meetings offered by various professional journalism organizations. This special application will be open on a rolling basis, August through March.
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Patricia Miller Moore Award

Funding decisions made in conjunction with the Curtis Fund application process
This fund provides support for expenses directly related to schoolwork, professional development and summer internships.  Eligible expenses include books, computers, electronic devices or other technology, meals, airfare, housing and ground transportation. This special application will be open on a rolling basis, August through March.
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Global and Immersive Experiences

The following awards support global and immersive activities or experiences for admitted undergraduate MJ-school majors. The general global and immersive award application is open Jan. 1 - Feb. 1. Some awards have special applications (linked below) with differing application deadlines.
 

William G. Arey Jr. International Communications Award

General application | Apply by Feb. 1
This award is given to a student whose career goals are to cover international political and economic events in a foreign country for United States-based news organizations or work in the field of public diplomacy. The global and immersive general application will be open Jan. 1 - Feb. 1.

  • Preference for a student with financial need
  • Preference for a student who can speak at least one foreign language
  • Preference for North Carolina resident 

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Rich Beckman Documentary Award

Special application | Apply by Feb. 1
The award provides funding to photo/video major(s) or interactive media student(s) to conduct fieldwork for a documentary storytelling or an interactive media project. This special application will be open Jan. 1 - Feb. 1.
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Canady International Award

General application | Apply by Feb. 1
This award supports international travel for academic (class-related) purposes related to media and journalism. The global and immersive general application will be open Jan. 1 - Feb. 1.
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Robin Clark Experience

General application | Apply by Feb. 1
This award provides support for an interesting and stimulating journalistic experience. Students could travel across America, research indigenous peoples of the world, attend unique cultural festivals, etc. The global and immersive general application will be open Jan. 1 - Feb. 1.
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Edward Jackson International Travel Award

General application | Apply by Feb. 1
This award provides support to a journalism student for an international experience over the summer. The global and immersive general application will be open Jan. 1 - Feb. 1.

  • Preference for North Carolina resident
  • Must be a journalism student (not advertising/public relations)

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MJ Global Immersive Fund

General application | Apply by Nov. 1 or Feb. 1
This award supports MJ-school students enrolled in MJ-school global immersion courses or an MJ-school study abroad exchange program. The MJ Global Immersive Fund portion of the global and immersive general application will be open Oct. 1 - Nov. 1 (for spring activities) and Jan. 1 - Feb. 1 (for summer and fall activities).
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Eugene L. Roberts Prize

Special application | Apply by Feb. 1
This prize provides reimbursement for expenses related to researching and writing a story or series of articles under the direction of a MJ-school faculty member. This special application will be open Jan. 1 - Feb. 1.
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Chuck Stone Citizen of the World Award

General application | Apply by Feb. 1
This award supports travel to other countries to study or to work on projects related to media and journalism. The global and immersive general application will be open Jan. 1 - Feb. 1.
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John Sweeney Experience Award

Special application | Apply by Feb. 1
This award provides funding for a provocative, innovative summer experience to gain new insights, learn new technologies and master new subjects. This special application will be open Jan. 1 - Feb. 1.
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Visual Storytellers Community Fund

Provides funding for a photo and video journalism student to participate in "MEJO 587: Carolina Photojournalism Workshop."
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Internships

The following awards support internships for admitted undergraduate MJ-school majors. The internship awards have special applications (linked below) with differing application deadlines.
 

AT&T Business Internship Award

Special application | Apply by Feb. 28
Awarded to students in the school who are interested in business journalism. This special application will be open Jan. 1 - Feb. 28.
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Jim Batten Community Newspaper Internship

Special application | Apply by Feb. 1
This award funds living expenses during a summer internship at a community newspaper, including metro dailies such as The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer. This special application will be open Jan. 1 - Feb. 1.
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Rick and Jennifer Bruning Student Internship Support Fund

Special application | Apply by Feb. 1
This fund supports a summer internship for two or more students each year. This special application will be open Jan. 1 - Feb. 1.
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The Lookout Fellows Program

Special application | Apply by Nov. 1
This highly competitive internship award is designed to remove all financial barriers to securing a “dream” summer internship. This special application will be open Sept. 15 - Nov. 1.
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N.C. Medical Society Foundation Medical Journalism Internship

Special application | Apply by Feb. 1
Given to a student with a strong interest in medical journalism for an internship at a N.C. media outlet. This special application will be open Jan. 1 - Feb. 1.
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Edward Lee Rankin Jr. Internship in Public Relations

Special application | Apply by Feb. 1
This award supports a summer internship for one public relations student.  Funds may be used for housing, travel or related expenses for the internship. This special application will be open Jan. 1 - Feb. 1.
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Jim and Pat Thacker Sports Communication Internship

Special application | Apply by Feb. 1
This award provides support for a sports-related summer internship. This special application will be open Jan. 1 - Feb. 1.
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M.S. Van Hecke Award

Special application | Apply by Oct. 15
Awarded to students in the school who are interested in business journalism. Recipients will either intern at Reuters North America or The Charlotte Observer. This special application will be open Sept. 15 - Oct. 15.
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Sharoky Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C.

Special application | Apply by Dec. 1
This fund provides support for summer internships in Washington, D.C. This special application will be open Nov. 1 - Dec. 1.
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Superlatives

The following are merit- and excellence-based awards chosen by an MJ-school faculty committee. They do not require an application.
 

Furman Bisher Medal

Given annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in sports journalism.
 

Roger and Dorothy Jennings Entrepreneurial Award

Recognizes outstanding students in advertising who are entrepreneurial, creative and self-starters and who produce professional-level work outside of classes, outstanding performance in jobs or internships, take part in meritorious extracurricular activities and demonstrate leadership.
 

Larry and Carolyn Keith Awards

Awarded to two students, one who has demonstrated excellence in sportswriting and one who has demonstrated excellence in sports photojournalism.
 

Jeff MacNelly Award

Awarded to an MJ-school undergraduate who has shown excellence in writing or political cartooning.
 

Smith Galli Persistence Award

Given to a student who provides unique or outstanding communications assistance to a non-profit client and exemplifies steadfast persistence in their chosen pursuits.
 

John Sweeney Interview Award

Provides funding for travel to pursue jobs and internships opportunities.
 

Earl Wynn Creative Broadcasting Award

Given to a student who shows promise as an innovative broadcaster.

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