Journalism Scholarships

The Journalism Program at UMD offers three scholarships to recognize and reward exemplary students in the program. Below are descriptions of these awards and the minimum criteria for applying to each.

MNA Award Winners
2018-2019 MNA Award Winners - Left to right: Natalie Grant, Zack Benz, Samantha Church, Becka Kottke and Krista Mathes Photo taken by Jennifer Moore

Several journalism students working for The Bark received 9 awards for reporting, photojournalism, and design excellence at the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association meeting on January 24, 2019. 

Formerly The Statesman, The Bark is UMD's digital-first, student-led media organization.

The Larry Oakes Journalism Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor the life and memory of Lawrence Victor Oakes III, a peerless journalist and professor, an adept handyman, a non-judgmental and remarkable listener, and an uncompromising champion of the human spirit. The Larry Oakes Journalism Scholarship is awarded to Journalism students that demonstrate academic merit and are pursuing an internship at a University-approved Minnesota newspaper.

Criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a registered student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

How to Apply

To apply for the Larry Oakes Journalism Scholarship, you must complete the scholarship application found here:  https://onestop2.umn.edu/scholarship/.

The Journalism Program Director will send a notice to all Journalism Majors and Minors with details on annual application deadlines.

The Gustaf A. and Mary V. Nordin Memorial Scholarship

Mary Nordin established this scholarship in honor of her husband Gustaf A. Nordin, a reporter, editor, and columnist for the Duluth News Tribune, who began in the Superior Bureau in 1929. He served as a political columnist and correspondent from Washington, D.C., for the News Tribune and other newspapers in Minnesota and the Dakotas. He also produced a weekly radio show, which aired on WCCO (Minneapolis) and WDSM (Duluth). He became managing editor of the News Tribune in 1950 and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1970. The Gustaf A. and Mary V. Nordin Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the journalism faculty in the Department of Communication.

Criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be interested in pursuing a career in journalism

  • Major in Journalism, Communication, or a related field

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Be a registered student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

  • Note: Preference is given to students who write/edit for the Bark

How to Apply

To apply for the Nordin Scholarship, you must complete the scholarship application found here:  https://onestop2.umn.edu/scholarship/. The scholarship includes: APAS, cover letter, resume and three samples of work you have produced (including clips). We encourage journalism produced in all forms of media.

The Journalism Program Director will send a notice to all Journalism Majors and Minors with details on annual application deadlines.

The Steven R. Fox Journalism Scholarship

Steven R. Fox, a 1974 UMD graduate and recipient of the 1997 distinguished alumni award, has spent more than 30 years in the journalism profession. He is now president of Greenspring Media Group, a Minneapolis-based publishing company and producer of consumer events and shows. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist and encourage undergraduate journalism students in their educational endeavors. The Steven R. Fox Scholarship is awarded by the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, based on a recommendation from the journalism faculty in the Department of Communication.

Criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a full-time student from Minnesota in good standing at UMD

  • Be a Journalism major or minor

  • Be a registered student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

  • Demonstrate financial need

How to Apply

To apply for the Fox Scholarship, you must complete the scholarship application found here:  https://onestop2.umn.edu/scholarship/. The scholarship includes: APAS, cover letter, resume and three samples of work you have produced (including clips). We encourage journalism produced in all forms of media.

The Journalism Program Director will send a notice to all Journalism Majors and Minors with details on annual application deadlines.