Remember to read the description of each scholarship or prize before checking the box on your application to indicate your interest.
Depending on your credit total, you will not be eligible for some options. Do not check every box as it will delay the reading of your application.
Please be advised that many awards and scholarships can only be awarded to students who have demonstrated financial aid need as determined by the GW Office of Student Financial Assistance. Those students who have reached the maximum total financial aid allowed per academic year may not be eligible to receive additional support from SMPA.
Due to the number of applications each spring, the awards committee will only read your top three already-published work samples. You should submit other work samples as instructed for the three programs that require it.
Larry King Scholarships: Created by the former CNN personality who never attended college, this award goes to rising seniors with demonstrated financial need who have superior academic records.
Sherman Page Allen Scholarships: This scholarship is open to first years, sophomores and juniors if they display a desire to specialize in the field of journalism. The scholarship was endowed in 1966 through a bequest from the estate of Violet B. Robinson.
Gridiron Foundation Scholarships: Created in 1975 by the Gridiron, a long-standing organization of Washington-based journalists, these merit-based awards are open to first years, sophomores and juniors, but consideration will be given to financial need and minority status.
Schneider-Taylor Scholarship: This scholarship, established by the parents of a recent graduate, provides “need-based” aid to a first year, sophomore or junior.
Eaton Foundation Scholarship: This merit-based scholarship provides aid for SMPA seniors in the dual degree program. The letter to the awards committee should outline previously received honors, awards and other reasons for special consideration.
Philip L. Graham Fund Scholarship for Diversity: Named for the late publisher of The Washington Post, these awards give preference to students from underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, women and individuals of diverse backgrounds. Only first years, sophomores and juniors should apply.
Freedman Family Scholarship: This award was endowed by Mike Freedman, a former vice president of GW and SMPA professor who is also the father of an SMPA graduate. Preference is given to aspiring journalists with financial need. Only first years, sophomores and juniors should apply.
Essary Prize: The School of Media and Public Affairs oldest prize, created in 1948 to honor the memory of Jesse Frederick Essary, the award goes “to a student who has given promise of sound citizenship and ability in 'forthright reporting'.” This is a writing award, open to all SMPA students, and requires a portfolio of at least five examples of published or broadcast work from campus-based news outlets or professional outlets outside of class.
Hoberman Prize: Created by the family of a recent graduate, this merit-based award is open to all SMPA students and is awarded for original and meaningful journalism. That work can take any form—print, video, audio, photography or a combination of multimedia platforms. The prize will honor reporting that demonstrates depth, originality and a connection to either a local or global community.
Dorothy and Will Roberts Prize: This prize was created by Professor Steven Roberts in the name of his parents. It is given to graduating seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement, professional promise and community service.