Ernie Pyle Scholars Travel Policy

Travel policy for Ernie Pyle Scholars


Ernie Pyle was renowned for his travel reporting, most notably from Europe and the Far East. As an Ernie Pyle Scholar, you too will venture beyond the familiar environs of Indiana and the United States and come to better appreciate the cultural differences and similarities that define us as citizens of the world. You are therefore required to participate in three travel events:

  • regional media trip (spring semester, first year).
  • national media trip (spring break, second year).
  • international study experience.

The international study experience requirement can be satisfied in one of three ways:

Ernie Pyle Scholars are automatically admitted into The Media School’s Summer in London program following their second year, and most participate in this activity with their classmates. But the travel requirement can be satisfied by any international course resulting in IU credit. A travel course not organized by The Media School requires written permission from the honors program director, Nicole Martins, if you want it to fulfill your requirement.

Your written request must be copied to your honors mentor and to administrative and program coordinator Kristin Martindale. It must describe the proposed program and explain why it should be considered an appropriate international experience. Permission must be granted at least one month before you depart for participation in the selected program.


One of the benefits of being an Ernie Pyle Scholar is the financial support you receive from The Media School for travel to augment your educational endeavors. The school is committed to supporting your national and international travel. This includes funding for the regional media trip and the national media trip, a scholarship for Summer in London (amount varies by year) and a scholarship for your first Media School international travel course (amount varies by year and by course).

The school cannot provide scholarships for non-Media School courses.


Contact Nicole Martins, director of the honors program.