Since 1970, RTDNF has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and fellowships to more than 500 young journalists as part of its mission as the educational arm of RTDNA.
Recipients have gone on to enjoy careers from reporter, anchor, and news director to White House speechwriter, media regulatory attorney, and journalism educator. Several have served as RTDNA board members and many are Murrow Award winners.
Fellowships are open to professional broadcast or digital journalists with fewer than 10 years of experience. Scholarships are open to college students pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores. juniors or seniors in good standing. Scholarship and fellowship winners are also invited to attend the RTDNA conference.

Our 2022 scholarship deadline has passed. Please check back later for our 2023 scholarship details. 


Ed Bradley Scholarship
Carole Simpson Scholarship
Presidents Scholarship
​Bob Horner Scholarship
Mike Reynolds Scholarship
Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship
George Foreman Tribute to Lyndon B. Johnson Scholarship (for students at the University of Texas at Austin)
Lee Thornton Scholarship

Pete Wilson Scholarship (for graduate or undergraduate students who grew up in or are attending college in the Bay Area)
David Louie Scholarship (for graduate or undergraduate students at Northwestern University)



  • Complete the online application form, including:
    • Contact information
    • Experience
    • URL links to 3-5 work samples
      • Work samples should be broadcast (television/radio) or online news pieces
      • Work samples should be uploaded to a host site like YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.
  • Upload the supplemental materials:
    • Cover letter
      • Discuss your current and past journalism experience
      • Describe how you intend to use the funds
      • Discuss your choice to pursue a career in journalism
      • Addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee
    • Resume
    • Letter of recommendation
      • From a professor, advisor, or supervisor
      • Addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee


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