Scholarships and Awards

Each year, the department awards scholarships to students for academic accomplishments as well as financial need.  

Applications are accepted online in winter and early spring quarter for the following academic year. Awards are presented in June 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. Students can apply for scholarships through the student portal. Applications can be found under "My Apps" on the home page by clicking "Cal Poly Scholarships."

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. No application necessary. 

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.

SAGE Publishing Student Award

A generous donation in 2017 from SAGE Publishing created an endowment that will support an annual cash award for students whose published work addresses scientific, statistical, technical and/or social issues affecting the Cal Poly community.

Kathryn D. Weinrichter & Leonard C. Sundeen Full Journalism Scholarship

The Kathryn D. Weinrichter and Leonard C. Sundeen Full Journalism Scholarship is the first full scholarship to be awarded to journalism students. The scholarship recipient must be pursuing a major in journalism and working towards an STS minor. It gives the recipient a “full ride” to Cal Poly for a year, funding fees & tuition, books & supplies, and room & board.

In Memory of Jordan Grant-The Lucas Clark and Aja Goare Scholarship

The Lucas Clark and Aja Goare Scholarship was established by the family of Jordan Grant, a Cal Poly engineering student who was killed in an accident on Hwy 101 in October 2018. Expressing their support of local journalism that covers important local issues, like traffic safety, the family honored two local journalists in the award: Lucas Clark, formerly of the San Luis Obispo Tribune and Aja Goare, a reporter for KSBY-TV. The scholarship is awarded to a journalism student who has sophomore standing or higher, is an active participant in Mustang News, demonstrates excellence and commitment to journalism and demonstrates achievement — both academic and in the field of journalism.

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