There are many career specific journalism scholarships, such as scholarships for sports journalists, investigative journalists, photojournalists, and even political journalists. However, there are also some special focus journalism scholarships that fewer people know about or consider.
For example, if you are interested in promoting the rights of people, you may want to check into the Inter American Press Association’s Scholarship Fund that pays for United States or Canadian students to spend a year studying in Latin America, and a Latin American student studying in the United States or Canada. Applicants must be a senior, and must be majoring in journalism. Additionally, they must be between the ages of 21 and 35, and they must have completed their degree. The award for this special scholarship is $20,000. You can get more information at http://www.sipiapa.org/otheractivities/scholarships.cfm.
The National Institute for Labor Relations Research offers the William B. Ruggles Right to Work Journalism Scholarship. The amount of the award is $2000, and is available for journalism students who have demonstrated an interest and understanding in the problem of compulsory unionism, as well as the importance of volunteering. You can learn more at http://www.nilrr.org/scholarships.
Through the Society for News Design, you can apply for the SND Foundation Scholarship. This special scholarship is worth $2000, and is available for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in college who are in a journalism program, and show an interest in visual journalism. You can apply for this journalism scholarship at http://update.snd.org/update/entry/two-new-visual-journalism-scholarships/.
Additional special focus journalism scholarships include the Taylor/Blakeslee Graduate Study Science Journalism Fellowship, found at http://www.casw.org/casw/fellowships-and-awards, for students interested in Science Writing, awarded in the amount of $2000, and the Medill – Knight Foundation Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to journalism students who have computer programming skills. This journalism scholarship can be found at http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/admissions/page.aspx?id=58645.
Finally, if you plan to put your journalism degree to use by being copy editor, you can apply for the American Copy Editors Scholarship, at http://www.copydesk.org/edfund/index.php#aubespin. Available to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students, the amount of this award is $2500, with three additional awards of $1000 awarded annually.
Special scholarships for students who have a focused interest can be very financially rewarding for those who take the time to apply!