Here's what you need to know, pulled from the Journalism Scholars and Walter Williams Scholars page:
The Walter Williams Scholars ProgramThe highest-achieving Journalism Scholars win separate designation as Walter Williams Scholars. The Walter Williams Scholars program is named in honor of the School’s founding dean, a Missouri newspaper publisher who went on to become president of the University of Missouri.
Qualifications: To win acceptance into the exclusive circle of top Walter Williams Scholars, incoming freshmen must earn an ACT composite score of 33 or higher (1440 or higher on the SAT). They also must rank in the top 20 percent of the high school class (if the school ranks) or must have maintained a high school GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. Admission is by invitation only.
Benefits: Walter Williams Scholars are also Journalism Scholars and have all of the rights and privileges enjoyed by that group. Additional benefits include:
- Placement in a special Freshman Interest Group, space permitting.
- Assigned individual faculty mentors.
- A $1,000 scholarship that can be used for study abroad or in our New York or Washington programs. The scholarship can be used at any time before graduation.
- Automatic admission to the one-year BJ/MA program at the School of Journalism, which allows students to complete their graduate degrees in one year rather than two. Admission is contingent upon the following criteria:
- Maintenance of a 3.25 GPA in your Journalism coursework and for your cumulative average, throughout your undergraduate career;
- Submission of a complete MA application, including payment of the application fee, and with two (out of three) of your letters of recommendation from Journalism faculty. You do not need to take the GRE. Details can be found on the Master’s Application Checklist: Domestic Web page.