Published on September 21, 2016 by Mary Wimberley  
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Samford University’s nationally ranked Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) will award partial scholarships to as many as 12 freshmen who enroll in the fall of 2017. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2017, and each scholarship is worth up to $2,000 per year.

Scholarships will be awarded based on ACT scores, high school grades, volunteer work, school or community leadership, and participation in media-related clubs. The scholarship can be renewed each year that the student maintains a 3.5 or better GPA and is involved with Samford student media.

“Our scholarships can provide $8,000 in financial assistance during a student’s time in Samford JMC,” said Samford JMC chair Bernie Ankney. “This can help students receive an outstanding education in journalism and mass communication at a reasonable cost. Samford offers one of the best value journalism programs at a private university in the United States.”

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

“Samford journalism and mass communication graduates work for some of the top magazines, newspapers, television stations and public relations and advertising firms in the nation,” Ankney said. “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 Applications are also available online.

About Samford University -- Samford University is Alabama’s top-ranked private university and one of the nation’s top Christian universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South, and the university is widely acknowledged as a leader in liberal arts and professional school education. Located in suburban Birmingham, Samford was founded in 1841 and is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,471 students from 47 states and 29 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.