Celebrate the past, support the future

Recognizing and supporting future generations of women in media is as important as recognizing current achievements. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation gives students starting their careers nearly $20,000 in scholarships annually.

We are proud to provide deserving young women the opportunity to complete their education and meet their full potential.

Our scholarship program would not be possible without the help of our partners, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude.

Loreen Arbus Foundation Scholarship

The AWM Foundation’s partnership with the Loreen Arbus Foundation focuses on the achievements and contributions of citizens with disabilities.

This journalist scholarship program consists of one $2,500 scholarship, made payable directly to the winning student’s educational institute. The winning applicant must also be able to attend AWMF’s Gracies Awards Luncheon on June 21, 2016 in New York City to receive the scholarship.

The scholarship is open to female undergraduate and graduate students studying media, journalism, English, communications and related fields. Applicants must submit a 750-1,000 word essay on a suggested topic.


Ford Emerging Voices Scholarship

The AWM Foundation’s partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund supports two female students based on an essay written on a suggested topic. Winning applicants will receive a scholarship of $2,000 each and get the opportunity to write four blogposts for AWM. Winners are invited to accept their scholarships live at the Gracies Luncheon in New York City.

Winning applicants receive scholarships, made payable directly to each student’s educational institute, in the name of Ford Motor Company Fund. Applicants must submit an essay on a suggested topic.


Ford Empowering America Scholarship

The AWM Foundation’s partnership with The Ford Motor Company has resulted in a second scholarship fund, Empowering America.

The winning applicant will receive a $3,000 and will also have the opportunity to create a video honoring one of the women from the Empowering America list or a woman from her own community. There is also a $2,000 prize for the runner-up.

The winner, and her profiled individual, will also receive a $350 flight credit and a complimentary ticket to “Women In” event at the National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas. Scholarship will be announced in January, notified in April and presented in October.


NCTA/AWM Joint Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 2015 through a partnership with NCTA- The Internet & Television Association.  NCTA is the principal trade group for the internet and television industry, representing cable operators, content providers, and affiliated vendors.

This is our largest scholarship – the winning applicant will receive $5,000 towards tuition costs, payable in the Fall and the Spring semesters. Applications must be received in January, with the winner announced in May. The scholarship will be publicly awarded at the “Women In” event in October.

Applicants must submit a project concept from a list of three industry-specific topics, provide a work sample, and a letter of recommendation. They must also include a statement about why they believe the topic to be important. This scholarship is open to any female student attending an accredited university or college in the United States.


Casby Bias was the recipient of the 2015 Alliance for Women in Media Foundation & National Cable & Telecommunications Association Scholarship. She is a May 2014 alumna of Marquette University and the creator of C. Bias Productions. She currently studies at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications as a Television Radio & Film master’s program student. Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahMf1GKpUNc

Annabella Mineghino is another recipient of the 2015 Alliance For Women in Media Foundation and National Cable & Telecommunications Association Scholarship. She will be graduating from the University of Southern California in May 2017 with her B.A. Communication Law and Media Policy. She has done extensive research on the lack of representation in the media with the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative and USC Annenberg. Her piece called “What Does Invisibility in Hollywood Look Like?” can be found here.