Scholarships and Student Support

Grady College scholarships are awarded each academic year through an application process that opens each spring. Scholarship recipients are announced in early May, and scholarship funds are awarded in August and applied to the fall semester. Grady scholarships are made possible through generous contributions to the College that recognize and encourage academic and professional achievement.

Fall 2021 Special Scholarship Application
George M. Abney Grady College Academic Scholarship

About: The purpose of the scholarship is to honor Mr. George M. Abney, who, before retiring in 1993, served as director of undergraduate studies and taught public relations courses in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. During his tenure at the College, he helped to organize the local chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Dr. Abney passed in 2002, and this award serves to honor his many contributions throughout his career and life.

Requirements: This scholarship is intended to help students who have transferred to the University (UGA) and are now enrolled at the Grady College as a 3rd year student. In addition, the George M. Abney Grady College Academic Scholarship seeks to support students with demonstrated financial need (as confirmed by the Office of Student Financial Aid). To receive this award, students must be enrolled in coursework in Spring 2022.

Additional criteria that may be considered includes extra-curricular involvement and academic excellence. Preference will also be given to students who are residents of Chatham County, Georgia, or Wake County, North Carolina, although that is not required criteria to receive the award.

The Scholarship will be awarded to the 3rd year transfer student with financial need that best represents the criteria listed above.

To apply, please fill out the Qualtrics scholarship application here:

Applications must be completed by Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. If you have questions, please email Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. María E. Len-Ríos at

Fall 2021 Special Awards Application
Koonin Scholars Awards

About: The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarship support to undergraduate and graduate students at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in majors that will create the future of the creative industries – entertainment and mass media arts, advertising, public relations, and other relevant creative.

Requirements: Recipients shall have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and should demonstrate intellectual and professional promise, creativity, and zest for learning in the creative industries and show idea leadership and creative enterprise. Applicants must also provide the names of two faculty members to serve as references for the application. Financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid, may also be a factor in choosing a recipient.

Please fill out the application here. Email the completed application, along with a resume and your essay to By midnight, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021

General 2021 Spring Scholarship Applications

CURRENTLY CLOSED – will open in Spring 2022

When applying for the scholarships below, please keep the following in mind:

  • For Spring 2021, the application period will be Monday, February 15 through Friday, March 5 at 5 p.m. The application can be accessed here.
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in Grady, as well as pre-majors enrolled at UGA, are eligible to apply. Students graduating in Spring or Summer 2021 are NOT eligible to apply.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time in Fall 2021 to be eligible for an award. (Students graduating in Fall 2021 may be at less that full time status if they are completing credits needed for degree completion.)
  • Scholarships are credited to student accounts in August for the Fall 2021 semester.
  • Students are encouraged to review all information about the awards. Competition can be intense, and strong academic achievement and other credentials may be necessary for serious consideration.
  • A general application must be submitted for consideration each academic year, as scholarships are not automatically renewed.
  • One general application guarantees consideration for any of the scholarships for which an applicant qualifies, so it is not necessary to apply for specific scholarships by name.

The Grady College scholarship program is coordinated with the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid. Students who have questions about how a Grady College scholarship could impact their financial aid programs may call 706-542-6147 or visit the Financial Aid Office in Room 220, Holmes/Hunter Academic Building. Students may also find information on the OSFA website.

Grady College scholarships are administered by the Scholarships and Awards Committee.

Grady College Student Emergency Fund

Students facing a demonstrated financial emergency related to their education can complete a Grady College Student Emergency Fund application to apply for a one-time grant of up to $300 in support. Because this Public CARE Report is a university-wide application, it’s important for students to indicate they are a Grady student and that they are interested in applying for the Grady College Student Emergency Fund.

Peyton T. Anderson Scholarship

Established by Mr. Tom Johnson for pre-Grady and current Grady students with potential for success in a career in Journalism/Mass Communication. The scholarship is named in memory of Peyton Anderson, former owner of The Macon Telegraph.  Mr. Johnson, a Grady graduate and accomplished journalist and media executive, was a close friend and mentee of Peyton Anderson.

Anderson-Majors Scholarship

Provides a scholarship to a South Carolina resident in Grady.

Terry F. Barker Scholarship

Provide scholarships for tuition, books, and fees to junior or senior students who are in need of financial assistance and are enrolled at Grady College.

Augusta H. & Grace Barrett Scholarship

To be used for one or more scholarships for students in enrolled in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Mary L. Betts Scholarship

This scholarship, awarded to a student in Journalism or Entertainment and Media Studies, is named for Mary Lester Betts, a trailblazer for women working in radio broadcasting in Athens.

Dana Blackmar Scholarship

To provide one or more scholarships to students admitted to the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication without regard to department of study. Recipients will be selected on the basis of financial need, academic and journalistic achievement and potential. Graduating seniors or unspecified majors may receive.

William C. Brinson Scholarship

Funds for this scholarship are donated by Johnson Caldwell & McCoy and the Home Federal Savings Bank of Alabama in the name of Brinson to subsidize the field of business administration and/or journalism and mass communication.

M. Tyus Butler Scholarship

For full-time pre-journalism or print journalism majors. The scholarship was established in honor of Professor Butler, a Grady graduate faculty member and director of Alumni Relations for the University upon his retirement.

Claude P. Callison Memorial Scholarship

To be used for one or more scholarships for students in enrolled in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

G. Clisby Clarke Advertising Scholarship

For full-time Grady advertising students. This scholarship is named for the late G. Clisby Clarke, a University of Georgia graduate and advertising executive.

Jamie Connell Memorial Scholarship

Presented to a deserving student in the Grady College for outstanding work in photography.

Prentiss Courson Scholarship

For Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication students without regard to department of study. Can be given to graduating seniors, pre-journalism or unspecified majors.

Kip Craven Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established in memory of Mrs. Craven, a former Public Relations Director with the American Red Cross in Atlanta, who was active in the Public Relations Society of America. Awarded to outstanding public relations majors enrolled at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

20th Century Fox Breaking Away

For students planning a career in film or television. Established at the Grady College when students assisted in production of the television series “Breaking Away.”

Thomas. H. Frier Scholarship

The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to newspaper majors in the Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Lewis Grizzard Journalism Scholarship

Established for newspaper majors in Grady College in memory of Lewis Grizzard, a Grady alumnus and columnist for the AJC.

Frank Hawkins Scholarship

For currently enrolled or junior transfer newspaper majors. Established by Hawkins a Grady graduate retired editor of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and retired Grady faculty member.

John Holliman Broadcast News Scholarship

For student(s) who exhibit the same passion and commitment to broadcast journalism as John Holliman.  This scholarship is named for John Holliman, a Grady alumnus and CNN journalist who died in an accident in 1998.

Martha Johnson Kaplan Graduate Fund

For use in two ways: (1) to support the student dissertation/thesis research and (2) to support student travel to present research findings. Only national conference presentations shall be supported.

Koonin Scholars Fund

Provides scholarships for Grady students in the name of Steve and Eydie Koonin and family.

McBrayer Broadcast Sales Management Scholarship

Support Journalism students who wish to pursue a career in broadcast sales. Students should be entering their senior year.

McClure Broadcasting Scholarship

For a student enrolled in the management sales emphasis of the telecommunication arts major, with preference given to one who is interested in radio advertising. The scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Charles A McClure, a Grady graduate, president and chief executive officer of McClure Radio, Columbus, GA.

Frazier Moore Scholarship

To provide support for advertising majors.  The scholarship was established by Frazier Moore, a former Grady faculty member.

Dorothy L. Nelms Scholarship

For students who have declared and are actively pursuing a “major” of advertising.

Deborah Norville Policy Journalism Scholarship

Created to provide financial assistance for journalism students engaged in active reportorial enterprise and public policy as established by Grady College alumna and Grady Fellow Deborah Norville.  This fund will support journalism students involved in particular projects or reporting in the field of public policy.  This fund will assist and encourage promising students at one of the nation’s most respected journalism programs as they investigate, analyze, and report on complex questions that advance understanding of how policy decisions affect our daily lives and the public good.   Deborah is an anchor on “Inside Edition.”

Jesse Outlar Scholarship

For full time Grady student(s) in any major with a demonstrated interest in the field of journalism, particularly sports writing.  This scholarship was named for Jesse Outlar, a Grady alumnus and award-winning sports journalist in Atlanta.

Peabody Radio Award

Presented to a deserving student in the Grady College for outstanding work in radio.

Don Perry Chick-Fil-A Scholarship

The Don Perry Scholarship was established in memory of Don Perry, a Grady graduate and the former vice president of Chick-Fil-A.  The purpose is to provide scholarship support for graduate students in public relations.

 Bill Phippen Scholarship

To be used for one or more students enrolled in Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Recipients must be majoring in Broadcast with a heavy interest in radio broadcast.

Raines Plambeck Future Filmmakers Fund

Created by Charles and Suzanne Plambeck to support Entertainment and Media Studies students who wish to work in film.

Leroy Powell Broadcast Scholarship

For Grady College student(s) in any major. Criteria for selection will be based primarily on academic merit. Academic merit is determined by committee and/or dean. Can be given to graduating seniors pre-journalism or unspecified majors.

William I. Ray Jr. Scholarship – Banking and Trust

To provide one or more scholarships for students enrolled in Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

William Rogers Memorial Scholarship

To honor the memory of William Rogers, a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Journalism.

Swann Seiler Leadership in Public Relations Scholarship

Established by Grady alumna Swann Seiler, this scholarship provides support for undergraduate public relations students that show exemplary leadership and service skills.

Paul Ashley Simon Memorial

Established by William S. Morris III, Grady graduate and Chairman of the Board of Morris Communications, Inc. Specified for pre-journalism or print journalism majors planning a career in newspaper.

Julia Ellen Askew Stephens Scholarship

Recipient(s) must be undergraduate juniors and seniors enrolled in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Stone Memorial Scholarship

To provide support for a student enrolled in Grady College as an advertising major who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in advertising and an interest in a career in the creative aspects of advertising and photography.  This scholarship is in memory of Jennifer Stone, a Grady student who was tragically murdered in 1992.

22Squared Brittney Fox Watts Scholarship

The 22squared Brittney Fox Watts Scholarship was created by 22squared Advertising Agency in memory of Brittney Fox Watts, a 2007 Grady alumna who was killed in Atlanta in 2011.  The scholarship provides support to advertising majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

James Waldo Woodruff

For one student attending the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Can be given to a pre-journalism or unspecified major, or incoming student.

WSB Radio Award

Presented to a deserving student in the Grady College, Telecommunications Department.