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The non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)(3) Washington Media Scholars Foundation connects deserving students with top executives through two initiatives: the Media Scholars Program & the Media Fellows Program. These signature platforms fulfill our mission to create scholarship, learning & career advancement opportunities for college students interested in public policy media strategy, research & management. Learn more

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For over 30 years, I have had the pleasure to meet with a number of college students seeking guidance as they consider pursuing a career in public policy advertising. We began the Washington Media Scholars Foundation to provide the opportunity for college students to gain firsthand knowledge of the public policy advertising field, and to meet – and potentially work for – leaders in the media industry. Learn more

Program Dates

  • Registration OpensNov 30
  • Qualifying RoundNov 30 - Feb 13
  • Case CompetitionFeb 27 - Mar 29
  • Media Scholars WeekJun 3-9
  • Networking ReceptionJun 8

Founding Partners

YuMe The Washington Post Television Bureau of Advertising Smart Media Group Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc Resonate Programmatic Corporation of America (PCA) Pandora OnMessage, Inc. NBC4 Washington i360, LLC Gray Television, Inc. ABC Owned Television Stations CBS Comcast Spotlight CoxMedia Group CoxReps Cumulus Kantar Media CMAG Katz NAB NMI Nexstar Politico Purple Strategies QNI Sagamore Scripps Howard Foundation TEGNA Media TWC Tribune Media Univision Communications Inc. Washington Examiner

News & Updates

2017 Networking Reception – June 8, 2017

The Washington Media Scholars Foundation will hold its eighth annual Networking Reception on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Please save the date. Click here to purchase your tickets. Learn More »

University of Florida and University of Central Florida Winners of 2016 Case Competition

Congratulations to the University of Florida and University of Central Florida students Steven Torres and Olga M. Trejos Kweyete, winners of the 2016 Media Plan Case Competition. Each will receive a $5,000 scholarship award. Edgar Castellanos and Danielle Cole, DePaul University students, also received $3,000 scholarship awards as the first runner-up team. The winning teams were announced during ... Learn More »

Bob Schieffer Special Guest at 2016 Networking Reception

The Washington Media Scholars Foundation is proud to announce that Bob Schieffer of CBS News will be the special guest speaker at the 2016 Networking Reception. The reception will be held at the Newseum in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 9. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the award presentation starting at 7:00 p.m. Click here to ... Learn More »

2016 Networking Reception – June 9, 2016

The Washington Media Scholars Foundation will hold it’s seventh annual Networking Reception on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Visit mediascholars.org/reception/ for ticket and event sponsor opportunities. Learn More »