New: The Dean’s Scholarship

The Dean’s Scholarship for Incoming Freshmen

The University of Montana School of Journalism has a new scholarship fund to encourage and attract the best and brightest young journalists. The J-School will provide scholarships for as many as four incoming freshmen each fall. The awards will range from $500 to $1,000.

Students can apply by writing a letter to J-School Interim Dean Denise Dowling ( They must explain how their skills, experience and interests will advance the major goals of the journalism school. Specifically, students should discuss their interests and strengths in any of these areas:

  • Contributing to the diversity of the school, and to the media’s coverage of issues related to diversity.
  • Advancing the use of digital media to improve public engagement in news and public affairs.
  • Supporting coverage of international news and explaining the impact of global events on local communities.

Submissions should be electronic and addressed to the journalism dean. The school also welcomes audio and video submissions if they address these top priorities.

There is no application deadline. Awards are given on a rolling basis at the discretion of the dean. Once the awards for a given year are exhausted, no more will be awarded.