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Emerging Media Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities

Incoming and currently enrolled Department of Emerging Media students have access to a variety of scholarship opportunities.

  • Father James Whalen Scholarship for an incoming first-year student - $2,000
  • ThreeSixty Journalism Scholarship for an incoming first-year student – Full tuition
  • Whalen and Don Leyden scholarships for current students – awards range from $600 to $3,000
  • John Vachon Photojournalism Scholarship
  • Minnesota Journalist Abroad Scholarship
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Father James Whalen Endowed Scholarship

The $2,000 Father James Whalen Endowed Scholarship goes to an incoming first-year student who seeks an eMedia major, based on academic merit, a community service commitment, career-related activities and the promise of success in related fields.

Scholarship Details

  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Important Dates
  • Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants must be incoming first-year students from high school who plan to be Department of Emerging Media majors at the Univesity of St. Thomas.

    Important Dates

    November 1, 2020– Early action application deadline.
    December 15, 2020– Early action admission decision.
    January 15, 2021– University of St. Thomas regular decision application deadline. (Last day to apply for admission to the university and remain a candidate for this scholarship.)
    February 15, 2021– University of St. Thomas regular admission decision, and recommended deadline for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or Minnesota Dream Act application.
    March 4, 2021– Deadline for Whalen Endowed Scholarship online application.
    April 2021– Announcement of Whalen Endowed Scholarship recipient.
    May 1, 2021– Deadline for acceptance of all scholarships.
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    Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants must be incoming first-year students from high school who plan to be Department of Emerging Media majors at the Univesity of St. Thomas.
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    Important Dates

    November 1, 2020– Early action application deadline.
    December 15, 2020– Early action admission decision.
    January 15, 2021– University of St. Thomas regular decision application deadline. (Last day to apply for admission to the university and remain a candidate for this scholarship.)
    February 15, 2021– University of St. Thomas regular admission decision, and recommended deadline for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or Minnesota Dream Act application.
    March 4, 2021– Deadline for Whalen Endowed Scholarship online application.
    April 2021– Announcement of Whalen Endowed Scholarship recipient.
    May 1, 2021– Deadline for acceptance of all scholarships.
    Login to apply for the scholarship
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    ThreeSixty Journalism Scholarship

    The University of St. Thomas awards one full-tuition scholarship annually to an entering first-time, first-year student who completed a ThreeSixty Journalism summer camp and intends to study a program in the Department of Emerging Media.

    ThreeSixty Journalism Scholarship Application Information

  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Important Dates
  • Scholarship Information
  • For Further Information
  • Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants must:
    • have completed a ThreeSixty Journalism summer camp beyond a one-week summer College Essay Boot Camp
    • apply and be accepted to attend St. Thomas as a first-time, first-year undergraduate
    • demonstrate financial need based upon the results of the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Minnesota Dream Act application

    Important Dates

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    • November 1, 2020 – Early action application deadline.
    • December 15, 2020 – Early action admission decision.
    • January 15, 2021 – University of St. Thomas regular decision application deadline. (Last day to apply for admission to the university and remain a candidate for this scholarship.)
    • February 15, 2021 – University of St. Thomas regular admission decision, and recommended deadline for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or Minnesota Dream Act application.
    • March 4, 2021 – Deadline for ThreeSixty Scholarship online application.
    • Early March 2021 – ThreeSixty Scholarship finalists will be selected and asked to interview on March 14 with the scholarship committee. One scholarship recipient will be chosen from these finalists.
    • April 2021 – Announcement of ThreeSixty Scholarship recipient.
    • May 1, 2021 – Deadline for acceptance of all scholarships, including the ThreeSixty Scholarship.

    Scholarship Information

    The scholarship recipient must continue to express an academic interest in the field of journalism, digitial media arts or strategic communication and officially declare a major in the Department of Emerging Media by the end of their second year at St. Thomas. In addition, the recipient is expected to be active in an Emerging Media activity, such as the TommieMedia student news service, volunteer with ThreeSixty Journalism at least five hours per month and to periodically represent the ThreeSixty program at events.

    Recipients must maintain a 2.7 institutional GPA and annually submit a FAFSA to renew their scholarship. The scholarship may be received for up to eight semesters, until graduation, or until the university has defrayed the cost of 132 credits, whichever comes first.

    For Further Information

    Chad Caruthers, Executive Director
    ThreeSixty Journalism
    Phone: 651-962-5282
    Email: chad.caruthers@stthomas.edu

    Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants must:
    • have completed a ThreeSixty Journalism summer camp beyond a one-week summer College Essay Boot Camp
    • apply and be accepted to attend St. Thomas as a first-time, first-year undergraduate
    • demonstrate financial need based upon the results of the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Minnesota Dream Act application

    Important Dates

    Log in to apply for the scholarship
    • November 1, 2020 – Early action application deadline.
    • December 15, 2020 – Early action admission decision.
    • January 15, 2021 – University of St. Thomas regular decision application deadline. (Last day to apply for admission to the university and remain a candidate for this scholarship.)
    • February 15, 2021 – University of St. Thomas regular admission decision, and recommended deadline for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or Minnesota Dream Act application.
    • March 4, 2021 – Deadline for ThreeSixty Scholarship online application.
    • Early March 2021 – ThreeSixty Scholarship finalists will be selected and asked to interview on March 14 with the scholarship committee. One scholarship recipient will be chosen from these finalists.
    • April 2021 – Announcement of ThreeSixty Scholarship recipient.
    • May 1, 2021 – Deadline for acceptance of all scholarships, including the ThreeSixty Scholarship.

    Scholarship Information

    The scholarship recipient must continue to express an academic interest in the field of journalism, digitial media arts or strategic communication and officially declare a major in the Department of Emerging Media by the end of their second year at St. Thomas. In addition, the recipient is expected to be active in an Emerging Media activity, such as the TommieMedia student news service, volunteer with ThreeSixty Journalism at least five hours per month and to periodically represent the ThreeSixty program at events.

    Recipients must maintain a 2.7 institutional GPA and annually submit a FAFSA to renew their scholarship. The scholarship may be received for up to eight semesters, until graduation, or until the university has defrayed the cost of 132 credits, whichever comes first.

    For Further Information

    Chad Caruthers, Executive Director
    ThreeSixty Journalism
    Phone: 651-962-5282
    Email: chad.caruthers@stthomas.edu
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    Scholarships for Current Students

    These scholarships are intended for current students majoring in Digital Media Arts, Journalism or Strategic Communication. Applications for 2021-22 are accepted starting January 2021. Application deadline February 12, 2021.

    Learn more

    Offered Scholarships

  • Whalen Scholarship
  • Leyden Scholarships
  • Vachon Scholarship
  • Minnesota Journalists Abroad Scholarship
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Past Scholarship Recipients
  • Whalen Scholarship

    Whalen Scholarships are named for the late Father James Whalen, a long-time faculty member and department chairman who specialized in teaching Media Ethics. Whalen scholarships are given on the basis of academic merit, commitment to community service and career-related activities, and the promise of success in a media career.

    Leyden Scholarships

    Leyden Scholarships are named for the late Donald Leyden, who was a founder of the original Department of Journalism in the 1950s. He also directed St. Thomas’ University Relations office for many years. Leyden scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, commitment to community service and career-related activities, and the promise of success in a media career.

    Vachon Scholarship

    The Vachon Scholarship is named for John F. Vachon, a member of St. Thomas’ class of 1935 and a world-renowned photographer, and was established by his brother, Robert Vachon. Vachon scholarships are awarded to students who show promise as photojournalists. The awards are made on the basis of academic and photojournalistic excellence as demonstrated by a portfolio. Demonstration of work experience as a visual journalist for TommieMedia.com or other publications is a plus.

    Minnesota Journalists Abroad Scholarship

    The Minnesota Journalists Abroad Scholarship provides study-abroad funds to an Emerging Media major who is intending to work in journalism. The recipient must be a junior or senior during the year the scholarship is received and must be studying abroad that year. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Must be a University of St. Thomas degree-seeking student majoring in an Emerging Media program who will have completed eight Emerging Media credits by the end of the Spring 2021 semester.
    • Transfer students coming to St. Thomas as Emerging Media majors with eight credits that fulfill Emerging Media course requirements.
    • Students who received a scholarship may re-apply in subsequent years; these scholarships are not renewed annually without successful re-application.
    • Students who applied for but were not awarded a scholarship are welcome to re-apply in subsequent years.
    • Students who receive 100% tuition remission are not eligible.

    Past Scholarship Recipients

    Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients for this current academic year!

    View Scholarship Winners

    Whalen Scholarship

    Whalen Scholarships are named for the late Father James Whalen, a long-time faculty member and department chairman who specialized in teaching Media Ethics. Whalen scholarships are given on the basis of academic merit, commitment to community service and career-related activities, and the promise of success in a media career.

    View Scholarship Winners

    Leyden Scholarships

    Leyden Scholarships are named for the late Donald Leyden, who was a founder of the original Department of Journalism in the 1950s. He also directed St. Thomas’ University Relations office for many years. Leyden scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, commitment to community service and career-related activities, and the promise of success in a media career.

    View Scholarship Winners

    Vachon Scholarship

    The Vachon Scholarship is named for John F. Vachon, a member of St. Thomas’ class of 1935 and a world-renowned photographer, and was established by his brother, Robert Vachon. Vachon scholarships are awarded to students who show promise as photojournalists. The awards are made on the basis of academic and photojournalistic excellence as demonstrated by a portfolio. Demonstration of work experience as a visual journalist for TommieMedia.com or other publications is a plus.

    View Scholarship Winners

    Minnesota Journalists Abroad Scholarship

    The Minnesota Journalists Abroad Scholarship provides study-abroad funds to an Emerging Media major who is intending to work in journalism. The recipient must be a junior or senior during the year the scholarship is received and must be studying abroad that year. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need.

    View Scholarship Winners

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Must be a University of St. Thomas degree-seeking student majoring in an Emerging Media program who will have completed eight Emerging Media credits by the end of the Spring 2021 semester.
    • Transfer students coming to St. Thomas as Emerging Media majors with eight credits that fulfill Emerging Media course requirements.
    • Students who received a scholarship may re-apply in subsequent years; these scholarships are not renewed annually without successful re-application.
    • Students who applied for but were not awarded a scholarship are welcome to re-apply in subsequent years.
    • Students who receive 100% tuition remission are not eligible.
    View Scholarship Winners

    Past Scholarship Recipients

    Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients for this current academic year!

    View Scholarship Winners