Awards and Prizes


Journalism Program students compete for two prizes given each year for distinguished and outstanding writing. Faculty members in the program select the winners, who receive small cash awards and are recognized on the Program website and at the Spring Recognition Ceremony. 

Awards are excellent to list on resumes, and competitive writing is an excellent way to improve skills. All students are encouraged to fill out the applications below and submit their work via e-mail to Program Director Rosemary Armao. Only electronic submissions will be considered.

The 2016 winners were announced April 4, 2016. 

Schafer Award

The Ronald R. Schafer Memorial Fund Scholarship recognizes the outstanding graduating senior in Journalism. (The student may have graduated at the end of the fall term or be scheduled to graduate in the May ceremony.) An honorarium attached to the Award varies yearly, but is usually a few hundred dollars.
Schafer Award application

Rowley Award

The William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing is open to any student, regardless of major or minor, first year through senior year, for one piece of journalistic writing. The honorarium varies yearly, but is usually $100.
Rowley Award application



Schafer Award: Nick Muscavage
Rowley Award: Nick Muscavage and Connor Murphy for “A Closer Look at Our School’s Largest Donor” and HM: Ashlee Madura for “Why Women Fear the “F” Word”
Journalism Faculty Award for Outstanding Student Contribution: Kassandra Parisi and Madeline St. Amour

Schafer Award: Kyle Plaske
Rowley Award: Amanda Cubello; HM: Peter Hooley