Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2012-09-13

Samford University's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication will award six to eight partial scholarships to freshmen who enroll in the fall of 2013.

Worth $1,800 per year, the scholarships will be awarded based on ACT scores, high school grades, volunteer work and participation in media-related clubs.  The scholarships can be renewed each year that the student maintains a 3.5 or better grade point average and is involved with Samford student media.

"These scholarships can provide $7,200 in financial assistance during a student's time at Samford," said Samford JMC chair Dr. Bernie Ankney. "They can help students receive an outstanding education in journalism and mass communication at a reasonable cost."

Samford offers programs in print and broadcast journalism, public relations and advertising. The JMC department also houses an interdisciplinary film production minor and offers courses in web and visual communication, social media and photojournalism.  Samford journalism students regularly win awards for their work, and graduate to be highly competitive in the job market.

"Samford alumni work for some of the top magazines, newspapers, television stations and public relations and advertising firms in the nation," said Dr. Ankney.  "This scholarship can be a great step toward a successful future in journalism and mass communication careers."

For more information and a scholarship application, call Ankney at (205) 726-2948 or email him at  The application deadline is Jan. 8, 2013.

Samford, Alabama's largest privately supported university, enrolls some 4,790 students.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.