The School of Communication offers weekend graduate students need-based awards administered by the American University Office of Financial Aid. Students who apply by August 1, 2014 for a Fall 2014 start will receive priority merit consideration.
The Gridiron Club & Foundation, founded in 1885, is the oldest and most prestigious organization in Washington, D.C. Its 65 active members represent major newspapers, news services, news magazines and broadcast networks. In 1958, the club launched the Gridiron Foundation, which makes charitable contributions and provides scholarships. In 2009 the Foundation established the Gridiron Scholarship at the American University School of Communication, in support of the weekend Interactive Journalism Program. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming student on the basis of outstanding professional achievement, academic potential and written recommendations (supplied as part of the application for the MA in Interactive Journalism. Selected by a committee of journalism faculty members, chaired and managed by Jill Olmsted, journalism division director.
Part-time weekend program students may apply for need-based assistance. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal need-based aid. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it to the processing center by March 1 or as soon thereafter as possible. You can get a copy of this form from AU's Financial Aid office or from most university financial aid offices. AU's Financial Aid office also maintains a comprehensive list of private loans and scholarships. If you do not have Internet access, you may electronically file your FAFSA in AU's Graduate Financial Aid office on the second floor of the Hamilton Building. Please call (202)-885-6100 to schedule an appointment and to find out what information you will need to bring with you.
You may also want to check the following Web sites for scholarship information.
- FastWEB Scholarship Search
- College Board
- Overseas Press Club of America
- Feldman Fellowship for Graduate Studies in Journalism (National Press Club)
- National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Scholarships
- National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Scholarships
- American Copy Editors Society Scholarships
- Scholarship Help
- Boren Fellowship
- Fulbright Fellowship
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- American Copy Editors Society
- New York Women in Communications
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
- Gannett- Pulliam Journalism Fellowship
- Kaiser Media Fellowships and Internships Programs
- NAHJ General Scholarships- Ruben Salazar Fund
- NAHJ Ford Motor Company Fund Scholarships
- AEJMC Eleanor Blum Distinguished Service to Research Award
- AEJMC Covert Awards
- AEJMC Deutschmann Award
- AEJMC Equity amd Diversity Award
- AEJMC Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award
- Broadcast Education Association
- Stoody-West Fellowship
- Executive Women International Fellows
- Denny's Single Parent Student Scholarship
International students may also be interested in visiting these Web sites to locate additional sources of financial aid: