Scholarships for Incoming Students

Scholarships for Incoming First-Year Students

The Director's Scholarship 

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

Students can apply by writing a letter to School of Journalism Director 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 director. 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 director. Once the awards for a given year are exhausted, no more will be awarded.

The Montana Broadcasters Association Scholarship

Incoming students are also eligible for a scholarship from the Montana Broadcasters Association. The application process is similar to the director's scholarship: 

Students can apply by writing a letter to School of Journalism Director Denise Dowling (, explaining why they are interested in journalism and spelling out their particular interest in learning and doing broadcast journalism.


For more information on scholarships and financial aid packages offered through the University of Montana, please visit the Financial Aid Office's website.