Scholarships and Awards


The C&J department offers students from the various curriculum tracks the opportunity to apply for any number of scholarships or financial awards. Please complete an application using the "CLICK HERE TO APPLY" button above. 

Applications for undergraduate scholarships are now being accepted. Please submit your application through link above

Scholarship recipients will be notified by mid-May.

For more information, you can check out the College of Arts and Sciences scholarship information page and the UNM scholarships page. You also can reach out to the C&J front office with questions. 

Available Scholarships

Name of ScholarshipAcademic AreaRequirementsAmount
Albuquerque Press Club EndowmentAny C&J MajorNew Mexico H.S. Graduates; and C&J major. 

This endowed scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving journalism or communication scholar who is a graduate of a New Mexico high school and who has demonstrated a high standard of academic ability. 

Up to $800
John J. Aragon Memorial Scholarship Journalism

Hispanic students; Journalism Major; 2.5 GPA. 

Named for Mr. Aragon, a UNM Journalism graduate, this award helps support an Hispanic student majoring in Journalism who demonstrates a high standard of academic achievement, scholastic ability, and financial need.

Up to $2,000
Jim Crow Memorial ScholarshipJournalism/Strategic CommunicationNative American students; 2.5 GPAUp to $2000
Joanne D. Dowler Scholarship for Excellence in Intercultural CommunicationIntercultural CommunicationIntercultural Emphasis in Communication; 3.0 GPAUp to $2500
Eilene C. Durgin Memorial Scholarship for Multimedia JournalismPrint, Broadcast, Radio and/or Multimedia JournalismFemale students; undergraduate student; GPA of 2.5 minimum; demonstrate financial need.Up to $2500
Carolyn Hunsley ScholarshipAny C&J MajorFemale studentsUp to $1000
W.A. Kelleher ScholarshipJournalism/Strategic CommunicationSophomores or Juniors$500
Jeanette King ScholarshipJournalism/Strategic CommunicationPhotojournalists; 2.5 GPA. 

An endowed scholarship, this award is named for Jeanette King, a photography student of journalism in Communication & Journalism.  The fund was established by her family to support exceptional women students majoring in Journalism with an emphasis on photojournalism.

David Barbour Media Ethics PrizeJournalism (undergrad or grad student)

This award recognizes undergraduate and graduate work that addresses current ethical dilemmas in journalism. Evidence is based on essays, presentations or research papers that examine how issues like disinformation, bias, misinformation, propaganda, and other problems are threatening the integrity of the journalistic mission.


  1. Be an undergraduate or graduate student in C&J
  2. Submit an essay, presentation or research paper addressing ethical dilemmas in journalism.
Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation ScholarshipJournalism (full- or part-time student in good standing)Purpose of Scholarship: To honor beloved American journalist, Ernest “Ernie" Pyle, a 1944 Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent who called Albuquerque home. Pyle was a unique reporter whose journalism skills covered a vast array of topics. He had the ability to reach out and make common folks feel comfortable sharing their stories in both good and hard times.

Sponsor: The Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation.

Guidelines:  This $500 scholarship will be awarded to a master storyteller who writes in the style of Ernie Pyle. Their stories should reflect great storytelling built on excellent journalism skills.

How to Earn the Scholarship:
In addition to the online application, please send a 500-1000 word story written in the style of Ernie Pyle as MSWord Document attachment to Michelle Baca ( by the scholarship deadline.
Not currently available
Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences ScholarshipMediaDemonstrated financial need.  Enrolled full time in Creative Media and Film program.  Student's permanent address resided in the regional area that is represented by the RMSWNATAS chapter.  May be renewed if student reapplies and maintains a minimum GPA of 3.0.Up to $3000
Richard Schaefer Student Support Scholarship Any C&J MajorUndergraduate students with demonstrated financial need Up to $2000

Sunny505 Award 


Strategic Communication 

 Concentration in Strategic Communication 

This prize involves (a) an unpaid internship at Sunny505 and (b) $1000

Kelly Richmond Award/Scholarship

Any C&J Major

Minimum GPA of 2.5; enrolled in a minimumn of 9 credits; students working on the Lobo will receive special consideration.


NMPRSA Award/Scholarship

Any C&J MajorStudents specializing in public relations; applicants must submit a writing sample defining career goals in public relations. Up to $1000

Richard Schaefer Communications Scholarship

CommunicationsCommunication majors; concentration in intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, health communication, organizational communication, environmental communication, or media studies$2,000

Mark Holm Scholarship in Photojournalism 

The Mark Holm Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Photojournalism honors the life and work of Mark Holm and supports students studying photojournalism at the University of New Mexico. Students working at the Daily Lobo, UNM’s student newspaper, are preferred. A professional photojournalist for his adult life, Mark was a gifted storyteller, crafting a rolling narrative through the lens of his camera. He documented the human experience, capturing the painful, the beautiful, the mundane moments that collectively help us understand our world.  Mark saw tremendous value in photojournalism and the role it plays in society. A natural mentor, he served as an advisor to young photographers at the Daily Lobo, forming enduring professional relationships and personal friendships with students who became gifted photojournalists in their own right.


  1. Be an undergraduate student at UNM.
  2. Have interest and/or experience in photojournalism.

Preference may be given to eligible students who work for the Daily Lobo.

To apply, submit: 

  1. Online form via C&J scholarship web site.
  2. Three sample photographs (in .jpg format) demonstrating news or feature coverage.


It is not permissible to alter the basic reality of a photograph.
No removal or insertion of objects from the photo.
No cloning pixels to create a new image or add to an image.
No radical color changes.


Gail R. Rosenblum Scholarship for Solutions Journalism

This award recognizes C&J student contributions to Solutions Journalism, an approach to reporting that elevates how individuals and communities are creating solutions to social problems. 


  1. Applicants must be pursuing a BA or MA degree in Communication & Journalism.
  2. Demonstrate a passion for solutions-based reporting (online, print, or broadcast).

Preference may be given to undergraduates.

To apply, submit: 

  1. Online form via C&J scholarship web site.
  2. One sample news story demonstrating Solutions Journalism approach