CCJ Scholarships & Fellowships

Media changemakers

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

The 2019 Media Changemaker Scholarship application can be found here

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.

The 2019 Media Changemaker Prize and Competition is January 26, 2019

Application deadline for the Media Changemaker Prize is January 14, 2019

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 the January 19 deadline. 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 26 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 as soon as you're able, but we do not require a completed application before the competition. Use the code CCJBEAR to apply to Mercer for free.

The Couric Fellowship for Current CCJ Students

Current Mercer CCJ students are also eligible for the Couric Fellowship. We've had past Couric Fellows placed at NASA, CNN, Paste Magazine and with our local media partners: The Telegraph and GPA Macon. 

For current CCJ students, the Couric Fellowship application can be found here: The application deadline has been extended to December 7, 2018.

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.