The School of Journalism and Strategic Media has the most outstanding scholarship support of all departments and programs in Fulbright College. More than $100,000 a year is awarded to journalism majors who meet requirements of the various departmental scholarships. Students must be journalism majors to apply for these scholarships. 

APPLY NOW for SJSM SCHOLARSHIPS 2024-25 - Deadline February 15th, 2024

2023 SJSM Scholarship Awards


About Journalism Scholarships

Scholarships are supported from several sources. Some come from endowed accounts established decades ago by admirers of Dr. Walter J. Lemke, for whom the school is formerly named. Others have been established more recently by professional groups and through funds that honor an individual by encouraging special studies in journalism. Professional groups that provide scholarship support include the following:

  • Arkansas Broadcasters Association
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Northwest Arkansas Advertising Federation
  • Memphis Gridiron

Other scholarships include:

  • Elizabeth Barnes Messner '38 Scholarship
  • John B. 'Tony' Dyke Scholarship in Sports Journalism

SJSM Freshmen Online Scholarship Application

This scholarship is available only to freshmen.   APPLY NOW


Scholarships for First-Generation, Low-Income and Underrepresented Students

The School of Journalism and Strategic Media welcomes diversity in its broadest sense, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ability/disability, and socioeconomic background.

As a part of its diversity mission, the journalism school encourages students to apply for scholarships that are available through national organizations. Below are links to these organizations.

Students may apply for departmental funds to pay for expenses related to applying for scholarships or participating in on-site internship opportunities, such as reporting on national conferences held by the organizations. Contact us at to find out about such funding: