Scripps School Of Journalism Application Essays

Scholarship Information

In addition to university scholarships, the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications offers a variety of scholarships to eligible students. Information about scholarships is posted on the Student Information Board on the second floor of the Scripps Howard building, announced via student email or are posted on the school's intranet when they become available.

List of Scripps Howard School Scholarships and eligibility criteria:

  1. Robert P. Scripps Endowed Scholarship: Students majoring in journalism/communications with financial need.
  2. Jean and Charles Shulz Endowed Scholarship: Students majoring in Journalism.
  3. Burdick-Burnett Endowed Scholarship: African-American journalism senior 3.0 GPA or above.
  4. Scripps Howard Endowed Journalism Scholarship: On the basis of merit and not just need to freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors.
  5. Scripps Howard Foundation Colleen C. Conant Endowed Scholarship: Well-deserving journalism student with a financial need for purpose of education.
  6. Young & Rubicam Scholars: Full-time junior or senior with an Advertising or Public Relations major; 3.0 or higher GPA; must write a two-page, 700-1000 word essay explaining why student should be the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. Final essays to be shared with Y&R Advertising executives.

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Academically, OHIO has something for everyone, from astro-physics to the history of rock and roll, students at this large state-run university boast. And students have an equally wide range of choices when it comes to committing themselves to academics; "You can take advantage of the vast amount of knowledge and resources directly available, or you can forget studies and party," students tell us. Those seeking a challenge will have no trouble finding it here, however; OHIO boasts "a strong engineering faculty," a noteworthy aviation program offered within the university's demanding college of engineering and technology, an "excellent and very selective early childhood education program," and "one of the best journalism schools in the country"—the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism—which offers "frequent opportunities to learn and grow outside the classroom with guest speakers and special events." The Scripps College houses "a great communications school" offering great hands-on experience; one student informs us that "Southeast Ohio depends on our college television and radio station for their news, weather, and high school sports." As at any large university, unassertive students are in danger of getting lost in the crowd, but those who make the effort to seek out faculty and administrators assure us that "the school is very supportive of the students. I have close relationships with multiple professors, and I think that they generally take a strong interest in the students."

Student Body

The OHIO student body "is pretty homogenous," with a large contingent of undergrads who are "white, middleto upper-class, and from Ohio." "We have a small minority population, especially in the undergraduate programs," one student concedes, "but it's easy to interact with other cultures if you seek them out." Students here "try to get involved in community service, especially those involved in Greek life," and they are "generally friendly." One student observes that "students totally devoted to their schoolwork are atypical here." Yet, it should be noted that OHIO students have succeeded in claiming a number of nationally competitive academic awards in recent years, with The Chronicle of Higher Education having recognized Ohio University as being among the nation's top producers of U.S. Fulbright Students.

Campus Life

Ohio University has a beautiful campus with lots of character, both in academia and nightlife, students here report. Though many students remain independent, Greek organizations play a major role in the life of the campus, providing service to the community and serving as a social catalyst. Some undergraduates assure us that the school "truly lives up to its reputation as a party school. It is never hard to find a party on any given night, whether in the dorms or off campus." One undergrad writes, "A nationwide reputation as a party school is not something I'm proud of," but most accept things as they are, noting that "Ohio University is a school where everyone can find a group of people doing whatever they're particularly interested in," which is to say that partying is hardly the only option here. College athletics are a big draw (especially football, men's basketball, and women's volleyball), as are such annual events as Homecoming and the school is host to literally hundreds of student clubs and organizations serving interests of every variety. Hometown Athens is a typical small college town with access to a wide variety of outdoor activities. The closest cities of note—Columbus, Ohio, and Charleston, West Virginia—are each about a ninety-minute drive from the OHIO campus.

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