CCJ Scholarships & Fellowships

Extended Deadline

Interested in journalism or media studies? Compete to earn a full-tuition scholarship and paid summer fellowships in media!

Media Changemaker Scholars earn 4-year scholarships, up to full tuition.

To illustrate our commitment to attracting the best young minds, CCJ offers dedicated scholarships for students interested in journalism or media studies. Our Media Changemaker Scholars receive four-year scholarships to Mercer—up to and including full-tuition, a value of over $140,000.

Selected applicants are invited to campus for a preview day and interviews in late January. The application deadline is January 6, 2018. The 2018 Media Changemaker Prize and Competition is January 20, 2018Complete the Changemaker Scholar Application by January 6, 2018 by the new extended deadline of January 13!

John M. Couric Media Fellowships

CCJ places incoming John M. Couric Media Fellows in paying media jobs each of their three summers at Mercer.

At the Changemakers competition, CCJ also selects incoming John M. Couric Media Fellowships. These fellowships provide paying summer jobs at leading media organizations throughout the country, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Entering students compete for fellowships guaranteeing relevant media jobs for each of their three summers while enrolled at Mercer. CCJ lines up the fellowships; Couric Fellows do the work, get paid and graduate with a portfolio to rival any in the country.

The fellowship is named after John Martin Couric, a 1941 Mercer journalism graduate who was an editor at the United Press wire service, a political reporter for the Atlanta Constitution and a public relations professional whose clients included the National Association of Broadcasters, the American Health Care Association and the Food and Drug Administration. He was also father to Katie Couric, former co-anchor of NBC's Today show and former anchor of the CBS Evening News.

Ms. Couric graciously agreed to naming this fellowship after her father and to working with CCJ students. "My dad loved Mercer, journalism, and teaching," she said. "And this fellowship is a wonderful way to honor him. I learned so much from him through the years, and I've tried to carry on his journalistic integrity and high standards and I hope to be able to pass those on to the students who are a part of this program."

Media Changemaker Prize

Finally, CCJ also uses the competition as an opportunity to gather leading innovators and changemakers in media, awarding the Media Changemaker Prize to a national media-maker who is transforming the ways we consume news and information and interact to find civic solutions. Scholarship applicants, CCJ students and journalists from around the country—including CCJ's National Journalism Advisory Board—glean ideas and inspiration to help shape the future of media. 

Applying for the Media Changemaker Scholarship and John M. Couric Fellowships

To receive an invite to the competition and be eligible to become a Media Changemaker Scholar, you must complete the application by January 6, 2018. January 13, 2018. This form requires applicants to complete a short essay. While not required, we do encourage applicants to send us a few samples of their work.

Work samples can include any Internet-accessible pieces that showcase the applicant's writing, broadcasting, multimedia and/or digital skills. These could be stories on student or professional news websites, scans of published print pieces, posts on a blog, videos on YouTube, audio on SoundCloud, podcasts on iTunes, code on GitHub, etc. Applicants may submit multiple pieces, but judges may limit their reviews to a subset of samples.

You will also need to attend the Media Changemaker Scholar Competition on January 20 and be interviewed by CCJ representatives. 

Of course, you will also need to apply to Mercer University to use the scholarship. We strongly recommend completing your Mercer application prior to January 6 January 13, but we do not require a completed application before the competition. Use the code CCJBEAR to apply to Mercer for free.

To view the keynotes and select panels from previous events, see 2016 Media Changemaker Prize and Scholarship Competition and 2015 Media Changemaker Prize and Scholarship Competition.