Pete Wilson Scholarship

The 2014 application period is closed. The new application period will open in January of 2015.

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The Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship was established in 2007 by Wilson's friends and colleagues. The scholarship is granted to an undergraduate or graduate journalism student who is from the San Francisco Bay Area or is attending a college or university in the Bay Area, who shares Wilson's commitment to ethical, responsible journalism. The scholarship alternates each year between undergraduate and graduate students. The 2015 Pete Wilson Scholarship is open to undergraduates, and the 2016 Scholarship will be open to grad student applicants. The recipient of the Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship will receive $2,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.




  • Must be officially enrolled in college and have at least one full academic year remaining.
  • Must be a fully enrolled college sophomore or higher to receive scholarship.
  • Must apply for only one scholarship.
  • May be enrolled in any major so long as your intent is a career in electronic journalism.


1. A completed application form submitted online only.

2. A cover letter, submitted with the online application including these topics:


  • Discuss your current and past journalism experience.
  • Describe how you would use the funds if you were to receive the scholarship.
  • Discuss your choice to pursue a career in electronic journalism.
  • Include in your cover letter 3-5 links to your best and most relevant work samples to the scholarship for which you are applying.  Work samples should be broadcast (television/radio) or online news pieces.  Entrants are encouraged to upload their work samples to sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Sound Cloud and other platforms, then inlude links to these samples in the cover letter.  Entrants are also encouraged to provide a link to their personal website, if this is available, or social media platforms if they are used professionally.  Please discuss your role in each of the pieces (producer, editor, reporter, etc).


3. A letter of recommendation from your dean, faculty advisor or intership advisor, submitted with online application.


Pete Wilson Scholarship Winners
2013 Talia Samelian, San Francisco State University   Website | Twitter
2012 Casey Capachi, University of California Berkley 
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2012 Summer Dashe, Southern Methodist University  Click here to view Summer's work
2011 Jessica Savage, San Jose State University
2011 Roberto Daza, University of California Berkley

2010 Alyssa Fetini
2009 Mandana Mofidi
2008 Molly Snyder Fink

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