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Scholarships & Awards

Each year, the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications awards about $600,000 dollars in scholarships to students enrolled in the KU J-School. All students admitted to the school are encouraged to apply. Students who receive KU renewable scholarships should note that the School of Journalism will likely be funding those scholarships during your junior and senior years. Students receiving renewable scholarships should still apply for journalism scholarships; additional funds may be available. Scholarship recipients will be notified in April, and the funds will be awarded for the following academic year. The scholarship application period for current students is from Oct. 1 to Dec. 15. To apply now, click the "Apply now" below and then click the red button at the top righthand corner of the page to sign in to the application.

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See a complete list of J-School scholarships and awards and the 2021-22 student recipients.

First-Year Scholarships
The J-School is pleased to award one-time scholarships to select incoming journalism freshmen and transfer students who demonstrate high achievement and/or need. Students who have been admitted to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications for Summer or Fall 2022 are eligible to apply. The incoming scholarship application opens Oct. 1, with a priority deadline of Jan. 15, 2022. For more information, contact Himée Kamatuka.

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Multicultural Scholars Program
The multicultural scholars program is a scholarship/mentoring program for KU students from under-represented groups. Along with providing students with scholarships, the program helps students with the academic, social and personal transition to a university setting. The program awards scholarships up to $2,000 per year. For more information, contact Program Director Himée Kamatuka.

Two of the School of Journalism’s former multicultural scholars on the program:

“The multicultural scholars program helped me meet younger pre-journalism students that I might not have met otherwise.The journalism school helped lead me to the internships that formed the groundwork for a career in newspapers. It exposed me to quality teachers and students with infectious enthusiasm. And most important, it helped me start developing into the writer I hope to be someday.” Katie Nelson

“My first year would have been more difficult without the Multicultural Scholars Program. The MCS program helps you with your academic troubles, as well as socially.  Each month we do something as a group and it helps us to keep in touch with each other so we know what’s going on and try to lend our help if possible. I will always know that my time at KU would have been far more difficult and rough without the MCS program.” — Chris Moore

University Scholarships

Incoming Freshman
Incoming in-state freshmen can earn renewable scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per year. Out-of-state freshmen can earn amounts that bring their tuition to KU’s in-state levels. Freshmen apply for these scholarships through their application to KU. The scholarship deadline is Dec. 1. Learn more

Incoming Transfer Students
Incoming in-state and out-of-state transfer students can earn renewable scholarships based on their cumulative college GPA. Transfer students apply for these scholarships through their application to KU. The scholarships deadline is May 1. Learn more

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Financial Aid

The deadline for filing for financial aid is Feb. 1. Learn more.

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