The Texas A&M Journalism Studies Program has the distinction of offering seven endowed scholarship awards to students annually. Full-time students admitted to the journalism major and minor are eligible and encouraged to apply each spring to receive scholarships for the following academic year. Click here for the 2016-2017 scholarship application form.
AUDREY CARDENAS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Cardenas Scholarship honors Audrey Cardenas, a 1988 graduate slain while jogging in Belleville, Ill. At the time of her death, she had begun a year-long internship with The Belleville News-Democrat. Capitol Cities Newspapers, which owns the News-Democrat, endowed the scholarship in Ms. Cardenas’ memory to encourage newspaper careers among minority students. The recipient will receive funds in the fall and spring term. Amount awarded: up to $2,000 ($1,000/semester).
BOB ROGERS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
The Former Journalism Students Association established this scholarship to recognize Bob Rogers, a former head of the Department of Journalism known for the guidance and friendship he offered many students. This scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Students with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in journalism or mass media communication will receive priority. Amount awarded: up to $1,400 ($700/semester).
BILL ROBINSON ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship honors Bill Robinson, who died in a traffic accident shortly before assuming the editorship of The Battalion in 1984. His family endowed the scholarship to encourage students to choose newspaper careers. Applicants must be juniors or seniors who intend to enroll at TAMU for at least two long semesters (fall/spring) after receiving the scholarship. Applicants must have an overall, minimum 2.6 GPR. Applicants’ overall GPR within the journalism minor may not be less than 3.0. Applicants must have demonstrated outstanding news writing and/or news photo ability and must have made an exceptional contribution to the overall quality of The Battalion. Financial need is a secondary consideration. The successful applicant will receive funds over two semesters and a certificate of recognition. The award will be announced in both The Battalion and the student’s hometown newspaper. Amount awarded: up to $650.
KYLE DAVID TILTON MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
This award honors Kyle Tilton, Class of 1989, who died at an early age while working for CBS in New York City. His family endowed the scholarship to encourage students to seek careers in broadcast journalism. Besides exemplifying the “can-do” spirit found generally in Aggies and specifically in Kyle Tilton, the successful applicant will have completed satisfactorily one or more broadcast journalism internships or equivalent tasks. The award is restricted to juniors or seniors who intend to graduate from TAMU with a minor in journalism. They must have a minimum, overall GPR of 2.0 and a minimum journalism GPR of 2.25 for journalism classes taken at TAMU. Financial need is a secondary consideration. The successful applicant will receive funds over two semesters. Amount awarded: up to $1,800 ($900/semeste
SUE AND WILLARD CLARK SCHOLARSHIP
The Clark scholarship is endowed in honor of Sue and Willard Clark. Willard Clark, an Aggie who represented Taylor Publishing Co. when it published the Aggieland, was a strong supporter of the Department of Journalism and Texas A&M. Any journalism minor is eligible; financial need is a secondary consideration. The awardee will receive funds as a lump sum. Amount awarded: up to $650.
JOE C. MONROE/GEORGE CARLIN SCHOLARSHIP
Comedian George Carlin endowed this scholarship with revenue from a benefit for Joe C. Monroe, late Bryan-College Station radio personality. Monroe helped Carlin early in his career in radio comedy. Any junior or senior journalism major exhibiting merit and professional promise is eligible. Financial need is a secondary consideration. The same student may receive the award twice, but new applications will receive priority. This scholarship may be awarded in a lump sum or divided into payments over two semesters. Amount awarded: up to $1,000 ($500/semester).
LEE “PETE” WRIGHT ’54 JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP
Journalism student Hal Schade endowed this scholarship in honor of Lee “Pete” Wright, Class of ’54. This is the first scholarship that will be available to incoming freshmen Journalism students to support their education at Texas A&M University. Need will be a priority in awarding this scholarship and should be noted fully in the application letter. Amount awarded: $1,000 ($500/semester).