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Hunter Garner Scholarship – Project Yellow Light

Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. As an applicant you have one clear mission: encourage your peers to develop and embrace safe driving habits.

For the video competition:

For both the high school and college categories, the first-place winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $5,000. Second-place winners will receive $2,000. Third-place winners will receive $1,000. Videos are due April 1.

For the billboard competition:

For both high school and college categories, the winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Designs are due March 1.

For the radio competition:

For both high school and college categories, the winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Recordings are due April 1.

In addition to a scholarship, the winning video may be turned into an Ad Council PSA and distributed nationally to approximately 1,600 TV stations. The winning design may be turned into a billboard and displayed on Clear Channel Outdoor digital billboards across the U.S. The winning radio spot may be shared on iHeartRadio’s national network and radio stations across the U.S.

Here’s what we’re looking for: A video, billboard design or radio spot created to motivate, persuade and encourage your peers to not drive distracted. You have a unique opportunity to play a key role in spreading this important message. You can speak to your peers on this subject in a way that adults cannot. The more lives you can impact, the more lives you can save.

New York Market Radio (NMRAD)

Junior and senior students from colleges around the NY metro area are encouraged to apply for this $3,000 scholarship. The student must be a declared communications major with an expressed interest in pursuing a radio career.  The student will be offered and must accept a paid internship with a NY market radio station each year the scholarship is received.  Cumulative 3.0 or higher gpa and must maintain over 3.0 while receiving the award.  Permanent must be in the NY metro area.

For an application, email

Alliance for Women in Media – The Loreen Arbus Foundation Scholarship

$2,500 Scholarship

  • Female undergraduate or graduate student attending an accredited college or university in the US in the fall of 2019
  • Pursuing a media career in an area such as cable, television, radio, digital media, publishing, journalism, advertising, production, creative design are especially encouraged to apply
  • An essay on “Disability is not Inability” is required.  The essay will be featured on the Alliance for Women in Media website.

Please see the website for additional details and the application.

Erik Van Ness Scholarship Award

The Erik Van Ness Scholarship Award in Recognition of Outstanding Creativity is offered by Townsquare Media Trenton – NJ 101.5 in memory of Erik Van Ness who lost his battle with Cystic Fibrosis in 2002.  The award is for $1,000 and will be given to a NJ resident who is majoring in broadcast production or related courses (must already be enrolled in college).  Applicants will be judged on overall creativity, originality, production values, and impact to the listener.  The application and details may be found on the website.

NYMRAD Scholarship Fund

New York Market Radio (NYMRAD) is the voice of the radio industry in the New York Market.  Its members include the major radio stations, station representatives, and radio networks that comprise the industry.  One of NYMRAD’s many goals is the development of radio’s leaders for the future.  As a result, we created the NYMRAD Scholarship Fund, to provide assistance for the education of students who have chosen radio as their career.

Junior and senior students from colleges around the NY metro are encouraged to apply for the award.  Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements:

1)  The student must be a declared communications major, with an expressed interest in  pursuing a radio career.

2)  The student will be offered and must accept a paid internship with a New York  Market radio station each year he or she receives the scholarship.

3)  The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for both his/her freshman and sophomore years and must maintain such minimum average while receiving the scholarship.

4)  The student’s permanent residence must be in the New York metropolitan area as reflected in the application for admission to college.

The Scholarship Fund Committee is responsible for reviewing  applications.  The Committee personally interviews several candidates. Once the committee unanimously agrees upon  two candidates and NYMRAD researches each student’s background, a $3,000 scholarship is granted to the student by sending a check to his/her respective university/college.

For an application please write to

NY Women in Communications Scholarship Program

Each year, New York Women in Communications — a 501(c)(3) — awards 15 to 20 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue or further a career in communications. The Scholarship Application is open from mid-November to the last Friday of January. Each completed application is assessed by 2 different readers. Students who pass to the 2nd stage receive telephone interviews. Students who pass to the 3rd stage must attend an in-person interview in New York City. The Finalists are chosen after the in-person interviews.

Eligibility & Qualifications

  • U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents who live in NY, NJ, CT, or PA
  • High school seniors who are permanent residents of and attend a high school in one of these states and will graduate in 2018
  • College undergraduate and graduate students who are permanent residents of one of these states
  • Graduate students must also be members of New York Women in Communications in good standing (i.e., dues for the current year paid in full before applying- no exceptions)

NOTE:  As long as they fulfill the permanent home residency requirements, applicants are eligible even if they attend or plan to attend an accredited U.S. college/university located outside of NY, NJ, CT, or PA .  This includes participation in a communications-related semester or quarter abroad if still registered at an accredited college/university in the U.S.

  • U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents who do not live in NY, NJ, CT, or PA but who are currently enrolled in a communications program at a college/university in New York state may apply.


An applicant must

  • be majoring, planning to declare a major, or pursuing an advanced degree in a communications-related field at an accredited college/university in the U.S. Communications-related fields include, but are not limited to, advertising, broadcasting, communications, digital media, English, film, journalism, marketing, public relations, or publishing.
  • have an overall GPA of 3.2 or better (or the recalculated high school equivalent of 87% or better)

Past scholarship winners who are reapplying must be NYWICI members in good standing (i.e., dues for the current year paid in full, if applicable). NOTE: No individual can receive the same named scholarship twice or more than two scholarships in total through NYWICI.

To Apply:

1. Watch our video, above.

2. Read the Eligibility and Qualifications page to make sure our program is right for you.

3. Read the Recipient Obligations page to be sure you could fulfill the requirements should you win a scholarship.

4. NYWICI awards both general scholarships and sponsored scholarships. Read through the list of Sponsored Scholarships to see if any are a good fit. Interested in a career in marketing, for example? We have a scholarship for that.

5. Complete the application by the deadline of midnight, January 26, 2018.

You will need:

  1. To fill out the online application.
  2. To attach a résumé.
  3. To attach an essay on one of our 2 our designated topics.
  4. To attach 2 letters of recommendations (one from a teacher and one from an employer for undergrads and grad students; 2 from teachers for high school seniors).
  5. To have your school send us your most recent transcript. This should be mailed to us at NYWICI Scholarships, 355 Lexington Ave., 15th Flr, NY, NY 10017

Bob Stevens Memorial Scholarship

$2,000 college scholarship awarded through the Garden State Scholastic Press Association to a high school senior who has demonstrated dedication to their school newspaper or yearbook.  Offered by the NJ Press Foundation.

Bernard Kilgore Memorial Scholarship

$5,000 college scholarship awarded to a high school student who is planning to pursue a career in journalism. This student also is named the Garden State Scholastic Press Association’s New Jersey High School Journalist of the Year. Offered by the NJ Press Foundation.

Bodie McDowell Scholarship


Bodie McDowell scholarship awards are usually given annually to three or more students. Annual distribution varies, but individual awards can range from $1,000 to $5,000.


Each candidate should have clear, significant goals in outdoor communications, examples of work and letters of recommendation. Academic achievement is considered but is not among the top three selection criteria.


Recipients must be students of outdoor communications fields including print, photography, film, art or broadcasting. Open to eligible undergraduate and graduate students.


Scholarship program open to all college students from all communications and journalism disciplines and all schools. If you know a student with an outdoor emphasis who might benefit from the Bodie McDowell Scholarship, ask him or her to apply!

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