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Students Earn Hefty Scholarships

Broadcast journalism major Cozetta Smith received the national
Lin Media scholarship, which included an internship.

Columbia College Chicago journalism students are eligible for scholarships pegged specifically to those aiming for journalism careers.

We also have a full-time staff member who coordinates information on internships and scholarship opportunities. She is Jennifer Halperin and she is happy to meet with you to discuss your goals.

Each year, the Journalism Department awards tens of thousands of dollars in Fischetti scholarships to students within the department. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to apply for the grants, which go as high as $5,000 in tuition remission. The scholarships honor the late editorial cartoonist John Fischetti, whose work appeared in the New York Herald Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Daily News. After his death in 1980, his friends, family and colleagues established a political cartooning award and a scholarship fund in his memory in the Journalism Department of Columbia College Chicago.

And journalism students have been winners of the Albert Weisman award, which provides funds for completion of a project. Sarah Pawlowski, meanwhile, won one of two Chicago Journalists Association scholarships this year, while Cozetta Smith was selected for the national Lin Media scholarship, which included a paid summer internship at WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Journalism students also have benefited from the Community Media Workshop's renowned Studs Terkel scholarship, which honors the best grassroots project in the social justice spirit of the legendary interviewer for whom the award is named. Journalism master's recipient Devin Katayama, who recently was hired as a reporter for WFPL public radio in Louisville, won this notable scholarship in 2011 to support a radio project he did on homeless youth.

Irv Kupcinet worked in radio, television and journalism, and a scholarship in his name is only open to majors in those three departments.

Local, regional and national journalism outlets and organizations also offer scholarship opportunities to budding journalists, and Columbia students have been among their proud recipients. The Chicago Defender, Chicago Headline Club, the Association of Women Journalists' Chicago Chapter, Illinois News Broadcasters Association, the Broadcast Education
Association, Radio and Television News Directors Association and Foundation, the National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Association of Asian American Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) are among the groups that want to encourage student journalists with financial assistance.

For more information on scholarships available to all Columbia students in good standing, click here. Or contact Jennifer Halperin, internship & special projects coordinator for the journalism department, at 312-369-8994, or jhalperin@colum.edu.