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 provides scholarships annually to assist students pursuing careers in media and journalism.
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.
Information on Past Scholarships:
The AWM Foundation & Podcast Movement Scholarship
The AWM Foundation (AWMF) and Podcast Movement Scholarship allows a deserving female undergraduate student pursuing a degree in media/journalism, with an interest in pursuing a career within the field of podcasting, to complete an audio interview (individual podcast) with a 2024 Gracie Award winner that may be featured in Podcast Movement and AWMF media distribution channels. In addition, the chosen student will receive a scholarship to their educational institution for $2,500 for the 2024 spring semester and two complimentary tickets to attend the Gracies Luncheon, June 18, 2024, in New York (scholarship recipient and guest). This is open to students interested in either in front of or behind the mic (on-air, production, scriptwriting, etc.).
This scholarship serves to fund a promising student’s education as well as to provide a unique and compelling piece for her resume. The student will also have the opportunity to meet high-level professionals in the media industry through the Gracie Awards event. The scholarship piece ultimately will be created with the guidance of Podcast Movement and/or AWMF representatives to ensure it is as compelling and high-quality as possible.
The application process for this scholarship has closed. The recipient will be announced in December 2023. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
AWMF Scholarship in Honor of Barbara Walters
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is proud to present 2023 Gracie Award Winner, Fatima Moien of Hofstra University, with a scholarship in honor of Barbara Walters. Learn more HERE.
The AWMF & NCTA Scholarship
The AWMF and NCTA – The Internet and Television Association Scholarship allows a deserving female communications/media undergraduate student to create an original piece (digital short, video, animation, multi-media or other concept chosen by the student) that will be featured in NCTA and AWMF media distribution channels. In addition, the chosen student will receive a scholarship to their educational institution for $10,000 and a ticket to attend the Gracies Leadership Awards in the Fall of 2023.
This scholarship serves to fund a promising student’s education as well as to provide a unique and compelling piece for her resume. The student will also have the opportunity to meet high-level professionals in the media industry through the AWM event. The scholarship piece ultimately will be created with the guidance of NCTA representatives to ensure it is as compelling and high-quality as possible. Students wishing to apply should be enrolled in an accredited college or university located in the United States.
The deadline to apply has passed. The scholarship recipient was announced August 2023.
The ESPN Scholarship
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) partnered with ESPN to help pave the way for Black and Hispanic women in the sports media industry.
ESPN will provide two $5,000 educational scholarships for the 2023 spring semester, to one promising Black female undergraduate student and one Hispanic female undergraduate student, pursuing careers in sports media.
Each winning student will also receive a complimentary ticket to attend the Gracie Awards Luncheon event on June 20, 2023, in New York. In addition, the winning students will be required to do a written/video piece on behalf of AWM to be published at a future date.
The application deadline for the ESPN Scholarship has passed.
Loreen Arbus Foundation & AWMF Scholarship
The Loreen Arbus Foundation and the Alliance for Women in Media Scholarship provides a deserving female communications/media undergraduate or graduate student with a scholarship to their educational institution for $2,500 and a ticket to attend an upcoming AWM event.
This scholarship serves to fund a promising student’s education as well as to focus on the needs, achievements, contributions and stories of citizens with disabilities. The winning essay will be featured on the AWM website.
Ford Emerging Voices Scholarship
In partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund, the AWM Foundation asks “Emerging Voices” scholarship applicants to create a video or audio piece, focusing on the importance of women’s voices in media. More specifically, why are organizations like the Alliance for Women in Media, which has been around for 70 years, still important today? Pieces should also touch on the entrant’s chosen career path and what impact they believe they can have behind the camera or microphone. All videos are subject to review before placing on the AWM website or any social network.
* Those pursuing a media career as producers, writers, directors, or on the business side of areas such as television, radio, digital media, publishing, journalism, advertising, production, or others are especially encouraged to apply.
The “Emerging Voices” Scholarship consists of one $5,000 scholarship for a winning student, made payable directly to the student’s educational institute in the name of Ford Motor Company Fund for the 2021 fall academic semester. The selected winner will be given the opportunity to be mentored by an Alliance for Women in Media Board member.
Ford Empowering America Scholarship
In partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund, the AWM Foundation asks “Empowering America” scholarship applicants to profile or interview a female leader in their community (family, school, city or personal network), showcasing why and how this woman impacts those around her, with preference to subjects with ties to the media industry in some way.
* Those pursuing a media career as talent in front of the camera or microphone in an area such as cable, television, radio, or digital media are especially encouraged to apply.
The “Empowering America” Scholarship program consisted of one $5,000 scholarship for a winning student, made payable directly to the student’s educational institute in the name of Ford Motor Company Fund for the 2021 fall academic semester. The selected winner was will be given the opportunity to work with the Ford Motor Company Fund to conduct interviews as part of the Faces of Ford Fund program. Winning submissions will be featured on AWM’s website and social networks.
PREVIOUS NCTA/AWM SCHOLARSHIP PROJECTS
Carsen Smith was the recipient of the 2022 Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and NCTA – the Internet and Television Association Scholarship. Carsen is a graduate student attending Columbia University studying Film MFA. Her scholarship, Metaverse, is set in the year 2032 depicting an array of women working in the “modern day metaverse.” View her project at https://allwomeninmedia.org/carsensmith-awmfnctascholarship.
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.