Program Dates


Media Scholars Program

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

Media Fellows Program

  • Application DueJul 14, 2017



We strive to include the best and brightest students across the country by conducting a thorough and streamlined application process:

1. Register Online. Fill out the application form below:


2. Submit Proposal. This portion of the application requires an applicant to articulate his or her career goals, course load and financial need in 500 words or less (double spaced). Proposals should include the following:

  • Biographical Information. University, expected graduation date, major(s), minor(s), and related extracurricular activities.
  • Statement of Financial Need. Explain your need for assistance.
  • Planned Course Load. List the courses relevant to your future career that you intend to take in the upcoming academic year.
  • Career Goals. Describe your career goals. Explain how your academic plan and work/internship experience boosts your ability to achieve your goals.
  • Statement of Affirmation (in addition to the 500-word essay).With the submission of a proposal, applicants affirm that the information within their application is correct to the best of their knowledge; and that the submission of the application does not guarantee that a financial award will be given to them. They also acknowledge that the scholarship is contingent upon completion of the course load as described within the application documents, and if the designated courses are not completed/passed, they must return a portion or all of the funds awarded. No persons are qualified for a scholarship if he/she has previously received a scholarship from the Washington Media Scholars Foundation.

3. One Letter of Recommendation. One letter from a professor, advisor or other home university official OR from a mentor or previous employer who can attest to your enthusiasm and ability to have a successful career in the media industry. The signer of your letter should be available for contact via phone or email should the Washington Media Scholars Foundation need to verify any statements made.

4. Transmission. Application documents should be sent via email to by 11:59 p.m. EST on July 14, 2017. Write “Strategic Media Fellows Application” in the subject line.

5. Phone Interview. The Washington Media Scholars Foundation will contact finalists for a phone interview before the distributions are announced.