Each year, the department awards scholarships to students for academic accomplishments as well as financial need. No application is necessary. The awards for the following school year are presented in the spring at the Journalism Awards Banquet.
Outside scholarship information is shared via email and posted on our scholarship board throughout the year as it becomes available to the department.
Most scholarships are administered through the Financial Aid Office.
Cellular One Scholarship
This endowment provides financial aid to qualified journalism students.
Jay Garner Memorial Scholarship
The scholarship was established in memory of Jay Garner, who was involved in the journalism department while attending Cal Poly. This scholarship is awarded to journalism students with financial need.
Jim Hayes Journalism Scholarship
The Jim Hayes Journalism Scholarship was created to pay tribute to Jim Hayes, a longtime journalism professor at Cal Poly. The scholarship supports upper division or graduate students majoring in journalism with preference to students concentrating in news editorial or agricultural journalism.
Shein Hwei (Sarah) Niu Scholarship
This endowment was established by Grace Lee to honor her aunt, Shein Hwei (Sarah) Niu, a long-time employee in the Robert E. Kennedy Library. This gift memorializes Ms. Niu’s commitment to the university and its students. The merit-based scholarship is available to journalism majors with at least a 3.0 GPA or first time freshmen.
Herb Kamm Journalism Scholarship
The Herb Kamm Journalism Scholarship was established in honor of veteran journalist Herb Kamm. After retiring to the Central Coast, Kamm put his 50-year career as a writer and editor in New York and Cleveland to work at Cal Poly. At various times, he served as adviser to the student newspaper, taught journalism classes and organized journalism forums that drew hundreds of people to campus. The scholarship is awarded to journalism students who demonstrate academic excellence, an interest in a career in the media and financial need.
June Land Memorial Scholarship Endowment
This scholarship was created by two Cal Poly alumni who wished to honor the memory of June Land. A self-taught reporter who worked many years for newspapers in California and Texas, Land was an inspiration to all who knew her. Her outspoken nature and fearlessness as a reporter set an important example for journalists who can never forget their role of speaking truth to power. The scholarship supports Journalism majors with leadership roles in student media. with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
George Ramos Scholarship for Journalism Excellence
The George Ramos Scholarship for Journalism Excellence was created to honor the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and longtime Cal Poly professor. The scholarship supports junior and senior students majoring in Journalism with a print specialization who are also interested in urban affairs reporting.
Robert E. Reid Journalism Endowment
This fund supports the instructional program in the journalism department.