General Scholarship Application | Mayborn School of Journalism

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General Scholarship Application

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The Mayborn is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. All journalism students may submit this application to be considered for scholarships that will be awarded in May 2021. Deadline is Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at 5 p.m.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Undergraduate students
    • Must currently be a journalism major
    • Must have or will successfully meet all prerequisites for JOUR 3321 (Digital Print, Photo Jour and Teacher Cert), 3322 (Public Relations) or 3323 (Broadcast & Digital or 3020 (Advertising) after this spring semester
    • Must have a minimum 2.5 UNT GPA at time of application
    • Will be enrolled full-time* (12 hours or more) in the fall 2021 semester
  • Graduate students
    • Must currently be a journalism major
    • Will be enrolled full-time* (9 hours or more) in the fall 2021 semester.

*There is one exception: if the student has less than 24 credit hours (18 if graduate) remaining on their degree plan.

Some scholarships require completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We encourage all UNT students to complete the FAFSA annually at to ensure all available financial resources may be utilized. Early application ensures the best opportunity to compete for available funding. If your citizenship prevents you from completing the FAFSA, you may be eligible to complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) available through College for All Texans or the Texas Public Education Grant for International Students (TPEG-I) Application available through the UNT International Office.

Mayborn General Scholarship Essay Requirement

You must write and upload a brief essay (500 words*) answering the question: By awarding you this scholarship, the Mayborn is contributing to your future. How do you envision using your degree to contribute to society in the future?

This is a journalism scholarship. Write as a journalist with proper grammar, spelling and punctuation. Be passionate and be accurate. Your essay may be the deciding factor in making the decision to award a scholarship.

The essay must be:

  • Typed
  • Double-spaced
  • 12-point font

Please include your name and the scholarship for which you are applying on your essay(s)*.

*Note that some scholarships require an additional essay with different topics. You will have the opportunity to upload additional essays for specific scholarships within this application.


Friday, February 26, 2021 at 5 pm CST. Award decisions will not be made or announced until after this deadline.

Awarding of Scholarships

Scholarship winners will be notified by email. Scholarship awards will be presented at the annual Celebrate Mayborn event sponsored by the Mayborn School of Journalism. Time, date and location are TBD. Scholarship recipients not attending the event will receive their scholarship award letters by email after the event.

Scholarships are paid via financial aid. They are applied to the student's fall and spring semester tuition costs (half in fall 2021; half in spring 2022) providing the student is enrolled as full time. Students graduating in December 2021 receive the entire award in the fall semester.

Should you be awarded a scholarship your essay will be given to the donor of the scholarship award. All recipients are required to write a thank you letter to their respective scholarship donors and submit it along with a signed acceptance form to the Mayborn School of Journalism.

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