The department of journalism offers several scholarships for declared journalism pre-majors and majors. The department offers only one scholarship for incoming freshmen and new transfer students: The Pete Steffens Native American Scholarship (see information and application form below). Also the Western Scholarship Center has a complete listing of university scholarships, including some available to entering students. 

Journalism Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the continuing support of alumni of the department of Journalism for journalism majors with at least nine completed journalism credits at Western. Selection for the scholarship is based on academic achievement, evidence of the ability to contribute to the advancement of the field of communications and financial need.

Pete Steffens Native American Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of former professor Pete Steffens; an advocate, journalist and one of the founding professors of the Department of Journalism. Western students are eligible to receive the scholarship in any year of their studies, from their freshman year through graduate studies.  Preference is given to Native American and other Indigenous students from the US or Canada, those with financial need and students interested in studying Journalism. Fill out the application form to apply.

Asian American Journalists Association Scholarships

AAJA offers a number of scholarships to journalism students, visit their scholarships page for more information.

Washington State Tuition and Fee Waiver

The department of journalism awards annually a tuition and fee waiver(s) based on merit. Applicants must be full-time, declared journalism pre-majors or majors enrolled on Western's main campus.

Other private/industry journalism-related scholarships

Throughout the year we receive scholarship notices from private and industry-related organizations. These notices are posted in the department and sent to all journalism majors/pre-majors via e-mail. It is the responsibility of the student to pick up any information or applications in the journalism office (Communications Facility 251) and submit the information directly to the organization.

Apply for Journalism scholarships

In April, the department announces the scholarships, and students can pick up scholarship packets and applications in the journalism office. Deadline for submitting an application is early in May. Faculty review the applications and choose the scholarship recipients, and the scholarships are awarded at the journalism faculty/staff/student picnic (usually the weekend between dead week and finals week). All declared journalism pre-majors and majors are encouraged to apply.


Page Updated 08.04.2014