Scholarships for Freshmen

Entering freshmen apply for LSU and mass communication scholarships through the LSU admissions application online. When you complete your application and choose mass communication as a major, you will also complete an activities and awards section that becomes your scholarship application. The priority deadline for all scholarships (including mass communication scholarships) at LSU is November 15. The final deadline for all mass communication freshmen scholarships is early spring.


John Blanchard “Top 100″ Scholarship and Lillian Boudier “Top 100″ Scholarship 

Part of the LSU Alumni Association Scholarship program, these awards are administered by the LSU Office of Student Aid and Scholarships to entering freshmen who plan to major in mass communication and are among the top 100 entering students at LSU. The awards include a cash scholarship from the LSU Alumni Association of $8,000 ($2,000 per year) over a four-year period and an offer to participate in either the Chancellor’s Student Aide or Chancellor’s Future Leaders Research Programs and earn up to $6,200 ($1,550 per year). Non-resident students also receive a tuition exemption scholarship. 


Luke S. Bashore Traveling Scholar | Application

Randy and Gail Bashore of Fork Union, Va. established a scholarship in memory of their son, Luke, an LSU Manship School junior, who died in an automobile accident in 2008. The four-year scholarship is for out-of state students interested in broadcast journalism or digital media communication. “Luke truly loved being a part of the Manship School,” said Gail Bashore, Luke’s mother. “He would be pleased to know that many students are going to benefit in the future from this scholarship.”


Albert and Virginia Bunch Memorial Scholarship

Established by Martha Bunch in memory of her parents, this scholarship is awarded each fall to a full-time freshman who plans to major in mass communication. The recipient must retain a 2.5/4.0 grade point average. The award is renewable for up to four years and is limited to earnings from the endowment. 


Katheryn Pate Callahan Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time freshman enrolled in the Manship School. The recipient is selected annually and must have an interest in print journalism. Financial need is also a consideration.


Freeport-McMoran Minority Scholarship

Funded by Freeport-McMoran, this one-year scholarship of $500 per semester or $1000 per year is awarded to an incoming freshman who is recognized by federal guidelines as a member of a minority group. The student must be a mass communications major with a commitment to a professional career in mass communication. 


Walter Hitesman Endowed Scholarships

To honor Walter Hitesman, a 1939 graduate of LSU’s School of Journalism who was named president and chief executive officer of Reader’s Digest in 1973, these awards were established by the Reader’s Digest Foundation. To be eligible for one of these three $500 scholarships, students must have financial need and show great promise as journalists.


Roland and Malva Huson Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time undergraduate student majoring in mass communication with journalistic promise and financial need, the Roland and Malva Huson scholarship gives preference to students concentrating in print journalism. The amount of the award is approximately $400 and is limited to the amount of earnings on an endowment. No awards are available for the summer term.


Manship Scholars

Funded by members of the Manship family, publishers of Baton Rouge’s daily newspaper, the Manship Scholars program provides outstanding students who are majoring in mass communication with funds to cover tuition, some expenses, and most fees. To be eligible, students must have a superior scholastic record and an ACT composite score of at least 26. The scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters. Students must maintain a 3.33/4.0 LSU grade point average as a major in mass communication.