» Talent Award in Journalism Scholarship

The journalism program offers talent awards up to $2,000 annually for up to four years. These awards are given to select students demonstrating exceptional talent in journalistic writing and a commitment to the creative activity, scholarship, and service in the journalism program. Talent Scholarships are added to the financial aid package the University awards you.

The deadline to submit materials for fall term is April 15 and spring term is November 1.


Recipients of the Journalism Talent Award must major in English with a Journalism concentration or minor in Journalism.

We welcome applications from students intending to major in something in addition to English with a Journalism Concentration (Political Science, History, World Languages, Peace Studies, News and Documentary, for example). Those students are expected to double major.

How to Apply

To apply, compile your Journalism Talent Award Portfolio, including:

  • A one-page journalism resume: Includes your title and the publications where you’ve worked
  • A one-page cover letter: Explains how the Journalism Talent Award will help you meet your career goals. Please include in the letter your weighted and unweighted GPA and SAT or ACT scores.
  • Three to five examples of your published works: Links or photocopies—no originals please; only content the committee can verify has been published.
  • One letter of recommendation


Submit your completed portfolio for scholarship:

  • By email (PDF): Compile portfolio as a PDF attachment, subject “Journalism Talent Award,” and email to Vik Jolly, Assistant Professor of Practice in Journalism, at vjolly@chapman.edu 
  • By mail (hard copy): Organize materials in the listed order and mail to:
Vik Jolly, Assistant Professor of Practice in Journalism
Department of English
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

For questions regarding scholarships or the journalism program, please contact Professor Vik Jolly at (714) 516-4678 or e-mail vjolly@chapman.edu.