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Broadcast scholarship foundation hikes awards 50%

 - Applications due April 17

Texas college students pursuing a broadcast career have two months to apply for $29,000 in scholarships from the Texas Broadcast Education Foundation for the 2017-18 school year. The awards include the $5,000 Ann Arnold Scholarship for advanced students studying broadcast journalism and eight $3,000 scholarships for students pursuing various careers in the industry.

Broadcasters’ generous support in 2016 allowed the TBEF Board to increase the eight general scholarships by 50 percent from $2,000 each, a much-needed boost as average tuition costs at Texas colleges have soared to twice that amount for each semester. The increase is in effect only for the 2017-18 school year awards. Sustaining the higher level of support next year will depend on continued fundraising efforts in 2017.

The Ann Arnold Scholarship is funded by a $160,000 endowment established in 2013 after the death of TAB’s longtime leader the preceding year.

Contributions to the TBEF’s scholarship fund are tax deductible.


School restrictions

While most of the $3,000 scholarships are open to students at any fully-accredited four-year college or university in Texas, three are restricted to particular schools or type of school.

  • The Lady Bird Johnson scholarship is restricted to students enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin in a program with an emphasis on communications.
  • The Wendell Mayes, Jr., scholarship is restricted to Texas Tech University students enrolled in a fully-accredited program that emphasizes Radio or TV broadcasting or communications.
  • One unnamed scholarship is tied to students attending a two-year or technical school in Texas.

The entire scholarship application process is electronic, and applications are due April 17.

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