Ernie Pyle Scholars

Every year, the top 16 incoming students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism are invited to join the Ernie Pyle Scholars Honors Program. These students join a vibrant community of current scholars and alumni and have the opportunity to take honors courses in The Media School, receive subsidies for international travel courses and engage with media professionals on campus and further afield to develop their professional skills and perspectives during their degree program.

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 freshman honors students of 2017, for example, averaged 1400 in SAT scores, 31.2 in ACT scores and 3.95 in GPA. Their interests varied, too, from those planning to work as reporters, broadcasters and public relations practitioners, to those who plan to pursue careers in law, business, academia and elsewhere.

Five students reading map
From left, Kyle McClarney, Sarah Gardner, Emily Abshire, Kathryn de la Rosa and Sophia Muston check a map before heading out in St. Petersburg, Florida, during an Ernie Pyle Scholars spring break trip. (Emily Miles | The Media School)

Ernie Pyle Scholars are directly admitted to the BAJ degree program and are recognized as journalism majors as soon as they set foot on campus. They are eligible to enroll in up to six special honors courses in journalism, including core degree courses and a capstone project during their senior year.

About the program:

Ernie Pyle Scholars travel as a group to places as nearby as Ernie Pyle’s birthplace in Dana, Indiana, to learn about the program’s namesake, and as far away as London, England, to spend a summer working in professional internships.  

Ernie Pyle Scholars travel to the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, a well-regarded journalism training center, where students meet and learn from award-winning media professionals. During their time as Ernie Pyle Scholars, students also visit a variety media organizations and have the opportunity to network with Media School alumni in other U.S. cities.

Ernie Pyle Scholars also have the opportunity to meet the many media professionals who visit the school during the academic year. Previous scholars have met with practitioners including William Safire, Lisa Ling, Bob Woodward, Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Byron Pitts and others as part of The Media School’s Speaker Series.

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