Scholarships and Awards
This page lists the scholarships and awards that are available to students through the generosity of donors who want to contribute to students’ success, and in some cases to honor loved ones who have passed away. Monetary amounts vary from year to year depending on available funds.
Scholarship recipients are decided by a School of Journalism faculty committee, and according to criteria specified by the scholarship endowers. Concentration-specific awards and scholarships are decided by the faculty within each concentration, and also according to the criteria specified by the endowers.
The PDF application forms are fillable. Download them by right-clicking on them, and open them in Adobe Acrobat. You can download Acrobat Reader here:
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Christopher Nathan Bell Memorial Scholarships
Established by Caleb and Beth Bell in memory of their son Chris, an MTSU journalism graduate and former Sidelines reporter and editor. Open to junior and senior journalism majors. This year’s competition will be through a one-day reporting event judged by a panel of industry experts.
Douglas E. Stults Memorial Scholarships
Established in memory of Sidelines Editor Doug Stults, who passed away during his senior year.
Requirements: Sophomore or higher journalism major with a minimum 2.7 GPA. Applicants must submit an application, and may submit up to three writing samples in support of their application. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards.
Application form: stults_application.2018.pdf
Established in honor of Dr. Glenn Himebaugh, MTSU Professor Emeritus, Journalism.
Requirements: Sophomore or higher with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit an application and an essay on an assigned topic.
Application form: himebaugh_application.2018.pdf
Jim Ridley Memorial Scholarship
Established by the family of James Allison Ridley V, a Wall of Fame inductee in 2015. A 1989 graduate in Journalism at MTSU, he was best known as the editor of the Nashville Scene. He passed away in 2016.
Requirements: Full-time student in the Journalism concentration and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preferred candidates will have earned at least 60 hours of academic credit. Applicants must submit a 500-800 word essay on their intended career path as a journalist.
Application form: ridley_application.2018.pdf
Savannah Rae Schmidt Memorial Scholarship
Established by the family of Savannah Rae Schmidt, a Public Relations student at MTSU, who passed away on May 19, 2016.
Requirements: Full-time student in the Public Relations-Recording Industry concentration, have earned at least 60 hours of academic credit, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit a 500-800 word essay on their intended career path in public relations in the music business.
Application form: schmidt_application.2018.pdf
Weazer Farwell Scholarship
Established by Dr. Tricia Farwell of the MTSU School of Journalism to
benefit advertising and public relations students.
Requirements: You must be majoring in a concentration in the School of Journalism. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.4 in journalism and 3.0 overall.
Application form: weazer-farwell_application.2018.pdf