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Radio TV Digital News Association

Scholarships are open to undergraduate students pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores, juniors or seniors in good standing when scholarships are awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students may apply for only one RTDNF scholarship, and past RTDNF scholarship winners are not eligible.

Deadline: May 2017

Availability: February 2017

Application Checklist:

  • Are you applying for only one opportunity?
  • Do you meet all the eligibility requirements for the award you’ve chosen?
  • Is your online application form complete, with the correct contact information?
  • Did you include URL links to 3-5 work samples and describe your role in each piece?
  • Did you attach a cover letter addressing each of the topics applicants are asked to cover,
  • including:
    • Your current and past journalism experience,
    • How you would use the scholarship funds, and
    • Your choice to pursue a career in electronic journalism?
  • Did you attach your resume?
  • Did you attach one letter of recommendation?
  • Remember, your application is not complete until you have clicked "Submit." You will receive a confirmation email when your application is successfully submitted.

Website: http://www.rtdna.org/content/scholarship_info#.VUFmeyFVhHx

Regents Scholarship

Deadline: March 1 (opens on December 1)

Eligibility: Students meeting all of the following qualifications are eligible.

  • Admitted as a classified full-time first-year student in the fall semester
  • Seeking a degree in any course of study at UH Hilo
  • Cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.5 for grades 9 through 11
  • SAT combined score of at least 1950 on all three sections of the test, or ACT composite score of at least 29
  • Evidence of superior academic achievement or creative endeavor
  • Record of academic, co-curricular and community service activities
  • Bona fide resident of Hawaiʻi at the time of application

Students enrolled in degree programs offered through distance education are not eligible and the award does not cover tuition for non-UH Hilo programs or courses.

GPA: Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 for first two years (Freshman/Sophomore); 3.5 for last two years (Junio/Senior)

To apply, complete the UH System Common Scholarship Application at the following link:


Please be sure to complete the UH Hilo section, which contains specific questions for the Regents and Presidential Scholarships.

Robinson, Jackie Foundation

Deadline: February 15, 2017


  • Be a graduating, minority high school senior
  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States
  • Show leadership potential
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service
  • Present evidence of financial need
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21
  • Not possess a degree from a 2 or 4-year college when applying for the scholarship


The Jackie Robinson Foundation
3 West 35th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001-2204
ATTN: Scholarship Program

Apply online at www.jackierobinson.org/apply/

Robert C. Byrd Scholarships

  • graduate from a public or private secondary school (military schools and home schooled students are not eligible for ByrdScholarships) or receive the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma as recognized by the state in which the student resides, and
  • have applied to or been accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an institution of higher education
  • is a U.S. Citizen or national, or provides evidence from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) that he or she is
    • a permanent resident of the United States; or
    • in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and has the intention of becoming a citizen or permanent resident;
  • is a citizen of the Freely Associated States (Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau);
  • is not ineligible to receive assistance as a result of default on a federal student loan or other obligation, in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (34 CFR 75.60);
  • is registered with the Selective Service if so required in accordance with the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations (34 CFR 668); and -18 Volume 9 – State Grant Programs 2003-2004
  • is planning to pursue a course of study at an institution of higher education becoming a citizen or permanent resident;

Ron Brown Scholarship Program

Deadline: Opens in August Eligibility:

  • Be Black/African American
  • Excel academically.
  • Exhibit exceptional leadership potential.
  • Must participate in community service activities.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be U.S citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card.
  • Be a current high school senior at the time of your application

Website: https://www.ronbrown.org/

The Rotary Club of Hilo Bay “Teen Parent Scholarship”

Deadline: January 31


  • Was 19 years old or younger at the time they became a parent
  • Is currently a parent and primary caregiver of at least one living child under 18 years of age
  • Is a current resident of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi
  • Will have received a high school diploma or equivalent by September 1


Rotary Club of Hilo Bay
c/o Lee Wilson
62 Iwalani Street,
Hilo, HI 96720

(808) 934-7748

Website: hilobayrotary.com

Award: Up to $1000

The Rotary Foundation Japan Program Scholarship

Deadline: July 15

Eligibility: One year of universal level Japanese language training or equivalent

At least minimal exposure to World Competitive Scholarship Unit


The Rotary Foundation
One Rotary Center
1560 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, Ill 60201

Website: https://www.rotary.org/

Ruth E. Black Scholarship

Deadline: When funds run out


  • Classified as HCC Student
  • Be a female living in Hawaiʻi
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Completed 2 semesters of the university/college level
  • Have financial need


1802 Keeaumoku Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

Award: $500 Annually


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