Samford University's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication will award partial scholarships to as many as eight freshmen who enroll in the fall of 2014.  Application deadline is March 1. Each scholarship is worth $1,800 per year.

Scholarships will be awarded based on ACT scores, high school grades, volunteer work and participation in media-related clubs. They 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.  "This 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 sports media, social media, church media and photojournalism.  Samford journalism students regularly win awards for their work, and graduate to be highly competitive in the job market.

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

For more information and a scholarship application, call Ankney at (205) 726-2948 or email him at

Samford is consistently ranked in the top tier of its peer group by U.S. News & World Report. With about 4,900 undergraduate and graduate students, it is Alabama's largest private university. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in eight schools:  arts, arts and sciences business, divinity, education, law, nursing and pharmacy.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.