Western Kentucky University

Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS

in Broadcasting and/or Mass Communication

Bob Proctor Scholarship in Broadcasting

Award for a full-time senior broadcasting major. Awarded based on personal qualities of character, integrity, dependability, industriousness and human compassion, which produce leaders and merit the honor of the award. $1500 (the selection committee reserves the right to divide the award between qualified applicants)

Applicants must complete a scholarship application prior to the academic year for which the individual is applying. Applications are due in February. The Broadcast faculty will make the selection. The recommendation will be forwarded to the University Scholarship Committee. Notification of the award will be in the form of a letter from the University Scholarship Committee. Applications will be available on-line and in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting main office MMTH 216. Click here for application.

Charles M. Anderson Scholarship in Communication and Technology

Award typically $1100. Applicant must be a full time student at WKU; must be a major in Broadcasting with Television Production or Broadcast Journalism emphasis; must be a sophomore, junior, or senior; and the recipient(s) must possess the personal qualities of character, integrity, dependability, industriousness, and human compassion which produce leaders and merit the honor of the award. Financial need is to be a consideration. Applications are due in February. Applications will be available on-line and in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting main office MMTH 216. Click here for application.

The Broadcast Faculty committee of the whole reviews applications. The faculty review committee may also request an interview.

The Julian and Betty Goodman Scholarship

Scholarship of typically $3000 awarded to a student majoring in Broadcast Communication or Mass Communication and pursuing a career in Broadcast News and Public Affairs.

Donors:

Julian Goodman has been one of our most supportive alumni over the years. Mr. Goodman is the first cousin of former WKU President Dr. Dero Downing. Mr. Goodman went into the U. S. Army in World War II and when he finished his duty, went to Washington, D.C. to write for NBC news with David Brinkley and Chet Huntley. In 1966 Goodman became the youngest NBC President in history. He took early retirement in 1979. Mr. Goodman quietly helped get Western into Educational Television in the early 1960s when Dr. Kelly Thompson was President of Western. Mr. Goodman was the second recipient of the American Association of Colleges and Universities award to people who graduated from state institutions and made great contributions to our country. (Lyndon Johnson was the first recipient of this award).

Criteria:

  • Student must be a Junior.
  • Student must be pursuing a Broadcast or Mass Communication major with an emphasis in news and public affairs.
  • Student must have a 3.0 GPA at the time the applications are due.
  • Student must give evidence of academic success, indicate potential in leadership, and possess the personal qualities of character, integrity, concern for others, and citizenship that are worthy of an award honoring Mr. And Mrs. Julian Goodman.

Procedures for Application:

  • Applications may be obtained online or in the departmental office. Applications are due in early February. Click here for application.
  • All applications must be typed, double spaced, and must include an essay on why the student is deserving of the scholarship.

Procedures for Selection and Administration of Award:

The School of Journalism & Broadcasting, will initiate publicity on the scholarship. A Broadcast Faculty committee of the whole reviews applications. The faculty review committee may also request an interview. The committee reserves the right to divide the award between qualified applicants. The committee will make a selection in March. The School will notify the winner of his/her selection and make arrangements for the award to be presented at the Potter College University Awards Ceremony. A School of Journalism & Broadcasting faculty member (or a member of the Julian Goodman or Dero Downing families) will present the Award.

Charles M. Anderson Public Broadcasting Fellowship in radio news & television production

Fellows will gain an in-depth exposure to the professional environment of Western's Public Broadcasting, working side-by-side with some of the best broadcast professionals in the nation.

Fellows will be enrolled in BCOM 491 Internship in Broadcasting: a 3 credit hour course. The Fellowship will pay for the tuition for the course (in-state rate) and pay an hourly rate per hour for the 240 hours of work necessary to meet the course requirements, plus a cash stipend. November deadline.

Eligibility requirements: Minimum GPA - 3.2, 18 hours completed in their major in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting, Current resume, An application narrative, A portfolio submission, 3 letters of recommendation, Practical exam of demonstrated professional skills, FAFSA on file at WKU

International Radio & Television Society Foundation, Inc.

2011 Summer Fellowship Program

application: http://www.irts.org/programs/sfp/sfp_application_entrancepage.htm

When: June 5 - August 6, 2011

Where: New York , New York

Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Summer Fellowship Program, the most notable student out-reach effort of IRTS, teaches up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an expense-paid fellowship, which includes practical experience and career-planning advice. Each year college juniors, seniors and graduate students are selected nationwide to participate in the nine-week Summer Fellowship Program.

The Program begins with an extensive one-week orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising, and interactive media. Fellows have a rare opportunity to question industry professionals at panels, lectures, and group discussions. They also take related field trips and learn career planning, networking and interviewing skills by attending industry social functions.

Following this first week, Fellows gain full-time "real world" experience at New York-based media corporations to which each is assigned for the duration of the nine-week Fellowship. Fellows are then able to reinforce or redefine specific career goals before settling into a permanent job in the electronic media industry.

COST:

Travel, housing and living allowance included.

International Radio & Television Society Foundation, Inc.

2011 Broadcast Sales Associate Program

application: http://www.irts.org/programs/bcsa/bcsa_application_entrancepage.htm

When: June 5 - August 6, 2011

Where: New York , New York

Application Deadline: Friday, February 4, 2011

Devoted to increasing diversity in the media and entertainment industry, the International Radio & Television Society Foundation seeks outstanding minority students in their senior year or graduate school to participate in a nine-week summer sales training program. Sales Associates have an exclusive opportunity to participate in a sales training program traditionally reserved for actual station group employees.

Held in tandem with the prestigious IRTS Summer Fellowship Program, the Broadcast Sales Associate Program is a diversity initiative designed to give graduating seniors a jumpstart on the television and radio management track.

The Program includes the one-week Summer Fellowship Program orientation to the media and entertainment business, followed by an eight-week internship experience in the sales division of a network stations group, which includes the customized sales training so highly regarded in our business. It is the perfect opportunity for outstanding new graduates of color to gain immediate access to a sector of our business that typically requires more experience to enter.

The Broadcast Sales Associate Program was initiated by IRTS Chairman, Tom Kane, President and CEO of CBS Television Stations Group. According to Kane, "In order to achieve true diversity in our business, we must get more minorities into management, and sales continues to be the favored track to get there."

Because the majority of colleges and universities do not offer courses in broadcast sales, previous experience in broadcast sales is not necessary.

COST:

Travel, housing and living allowance included.

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