Honors: Ernie Pyle Scholars

IU Journalism’s honors program provides enhanced opportunities for 14-16 qualified students during their undergraduate studies.

About the students:

Since the program’s inception in 2006 with an inaugural class of 15 students, Ernie Pyle Scholars have distinguished themselves as leaders of campus media organizations and members of academic honor societies. Their professional and academic accomplishments have been notable. The freshmen honors students of 2013, for example, averaged 1381 in SAT scores, 31.6 in ACT and 3.92 in GPA. Their interests vary as well, from those who wish to work as reporters, broadcasters, and public relations practitioners, to those who plan to pursue academic careers.

Summer in London 2015
Summer in London 2015 students gathered for a picnic on their last day of the eight-week experience. (Courtesy photo)

These scholars are directly admitted to the journalism program and are journalism majors as soon as they set foot on campus. Called Ernie Pyle Scholars, these honors students are eligible to enroll in up to six special honors courses, including four core courses.

About the program:

They also travel as a group, as near as Ernie Pyle’s birthplace in Dana, Indiana, and as far as England, where they work as interns for eight weeks as part of the Summer in London program.

They travel to the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, one of the most renowned centers for journalism studies in the United States, where they meet and learn from award-winning professionals. They also visit media organizations and network with alumni in other U.S. cities.

And, honors students have access to the many professionals who visit the school as speakers or guests. Some small groups have met with journalists such as William Safire, Lisa Ling, Bob Woodward, Maria Hinojosa and Byron Pitts, among others in the school’s  Speaker Series.

Who is eligible:

IU Journalism uses the Selective Scholarship Application to select its honors students. To qualify for the SSA, students must have:

  • An SAT score of 1320 or above (critical reading and math) OR an ACT composite score of 28 or above; AND
  • A GPA of 3.7/4.0 or above OR a ranking in the top 15 percent of graduating class.

How to apply:

The first step is to apply for admission to Indiana University by Nov. 1 and indicate your interest in journalism.

Once admitted, students who meet the requirements will be invited to complete IU’s Selective Scholarship Application.

If you meet the minimum standards set for application to the honors program, your SSA application will be sent to the school and you will be considered for admission to the IU Journalism Honors Program.