Scholarship Overview

This scholarship, worth more than $5,000, is awarded to the most deserving rising senior JMU student journalist and is based on commitment to journalism, high academic achievement and possibly financial need. An awardee is expected to enroll for a minimum of 12 hours each semester during the year the student receives the scholarship. Typically, the scholarship is awarded to a Media Arts & Design major studying journalism. However, the selection committee also considers other evidence of commitment to the profession, including journalism-related coursework, work with campus print media and professional journalism internships. The selection committee may interview finalists for the award.

The Byrd-Mims Journalism Scholarships were enhanced in 2009 by a $250,000 donation to JMU’s journalism scholarship endowment from the late Virginia Senator Harry F. Byrd Jr., whose family owned Harrisonburg’s Daily News-Record/Rockingham Publishing. The scholarships honor their benefactor, Sen. Byrd, and his friend and associate D. Lathan Mims, who served for many years as editor and general manager of the Daily News-Record.

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Annual award amount

Eligibility Criteria

Minimum 2.75

Eligibility Requirements

Rising seniors are eligible to apply.

Special application requirements

While not required, you may file an online FAFSA form at least TWO WEEKS before the application deadline for all scholarships. See

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