The Philip Merrill College of Journalism
America's Journalism School
Philip Merrill College of Journalism Scholarships

Student aid is vital in maintaining the college’s ability to attract and retain outstanding students.  For some aid recipients, a scholarship makes it possible to matriculate at Maryland; for others, it means they will work fewer hours in outside jobs and therefore be able to take fuller advantage of internships and the campus experience. For all, it means students graduate with less debt and so are able to choose jobs based primarily on interest and opportunity.  

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Dean's Fund for Excellence

The Dean's Fund for Excellence provides flexibility to meet unforeseen needs and take advantage of unexpected opportunities.

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Capstones/News Bureaus Gift Fund

This fund is dedicated to helping Merrill College students cover travel and other necessary expenses of their capstone or news bureau experiences.

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Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism

Make a Gift Today and Become a Friend of the Povich Center Sports play a significant role in culture, often illuminating contemporary issues and influencing how society approaches those issues.  The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism examines the intersection of sports and society through courses, commentary, events and research. Your contributions help us provide high quality programs for students and the community.  

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George Solomon Endowed Chair in Sports Journalism

The success of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism is possible because of George Solomon's leadership. A Shirley Povich protege, Solomon was the linchpin in establishing the Povich Center and growing it into a national leader in sports journalism education. We wish to honor Professor Solomon's exceptional achievement and inspire the next generation of sports journalism educators with the George Solomon Endowed Chair in Sports Journalism. The establishment of endowed chairs is critical to recruiting and retaining superb faculty members in today's highly competitive market. This named director position, which will be possible upon George Solomon's retirement, will allow the Povich Center to recruit the highest caliber of candidates.

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Howard Center for Investigative Journalism Operation Funds

The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, launched in 2019, gives University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism students the opportunity to work with news organizations across the country to report stories of national or international importance to the public. The multidisciplinary program is focused on training the next generation of reporters through hands-on investigative journalism projects. Students will learn to dive deep into data, ask tough questions of those in power and tell the stories they uncover in new and compelling ways. The center is directed by Kathy Best, whose longer career in journalism includes leading The Seattle Times to two Pulitzer Prizes.

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Journalism Internship Stipend Fund

The Journalism Internship Stipends Fund has been created to offer stipends to help cover travel, housing or tuition-related expenses for Philip Merrill College of Journalism students working in journalism internships each summer. Preference is given to students who might not otherwise be able to participate in an internship due to financial limitations.

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John McNamara '83 Endowed Sports Journalism Scholarship

John McNamara's special talent for sports journalism was his ability to expose the dedication, hard work, heartbreak, sacrifices, faults, delights, personalities, strategies, tactics, and intricacies in each player, contest and season.  He performed the homework needed to provide historical context for these stories. He wrote without pretension or condescension, telling stories that were accessible and informative to new and established fans and readers alike. To continue John’s devotion to Sports Journalism, to allow others to learn from John and his work, to develop and reward writers who demonstrate potential for producing accessible and informative sports journalism, to provide opportunity for talented students who may carry on John’s legacy, and to show our devotion to John, we have created the John McNamara ’83 Endowed Sports Journalism Scholarship at the University of Maryland.  

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Penny Bender Fuchs Fund

Penny Bender Fuchs was a beloved faculty member who pushed her students to excel. This fund supports scholarships for students experiencing financial stress.

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