Jim Mahoney Memorial Scholarship in Photojournalism

This is the first endowed scholarship to be offered at the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism for students focused on Photojournalism. The scholarship was established in memory of Jim Mahoney, renowned photojournalist at both The Denton Record Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News.

Description, Requirements, and Other Information: 

Jim Mahoney left North Texas State University for an award-winning career in photojournalism. For 40 years, his work deepened and enlivened the pages of the Denton Record-Chronicle (1971-79) and the Dallas Morning News (1979-2011). With a keen eye, technical skills and artist's instincts, he and his cameras recorded life across North Texas and far beyond, capturing people and scenes, finding the heart of stories, from joy to sorrow. His work in Denton elevated his hometown paper and drew talented photographers to his staff. In Dallas he became the Morning News' first photo editor and a trusted mentor before returning to his passion: making pictures. Jim died in March 2021. His remarkable work has preserved moments in time. And his mentoring will continue, supporting budding photojournalists through the Jim Mahoney Memorial Scholarship in Photojournalism.

  • Applicants must meet minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the University.
  • Applicants must maintain at least part-time enrollment at UNT, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full-time remaining in their degree program.
  • Applicants must be enrolled at least as part-time Mayborn School of Journalism undergraduate students with a concentration in photojournalism.
  • Applicants must submit a one-page single-spaced essay on why they are interested in photojournalism, what their goal is in this profession and a description of a photojournalist they admire and why.
  • Applicants must submit a sample of their work, such as selection of photos they have taken and/or a video they created.