Four MU journalism students will receive $2,500 scholarships starting in fall of 2005, courtesy of Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart said Thursday it would award $500,000 in minority scholarships to be divided among 10 journalism schools across the country — including MU — over three years. “The scholarship program is an effort to increase the level of diversity in newsrooms around the country,” said a news release from Wal-Mart.
The quality of the journalism program and student demographics were the criteria on which participating universities were selected. Among the other institutions receiving scholarships are Northwestern University, the University of Texas and Columbia University’s graduate program.
The scholarships will be given to minority students during their junior year. To qualify, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Preference will be given to students with a financial need. The scholarships may be renewed for a student’s senior year, provided he or she maintains a GPA of at least 3.0.
“The scholarships will help us do an even better job of recruiting minorities who want to study journalism,” Dean Mills, dean of the MU School of Journalism, said in a release.
The release said the school’s “diversity efforts extend beyond recruitment and are integrated into the curriculum,” citing a course called “Cross-cultural Journalism” that aims to help students understand how to relate to different races and cultures. The course is required all MU journalism students.