The John H. Taylor Jr. '75 Endowed Journalism Scholarship provides Villanova interns enrolled in the Communication Department within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with financial resources to facilitate practical experiences in journalism through a qualified internship.


An applicant must be a full-time Communication student with Junior or Senior status and enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Applicants must have secured an internship in the field of Journalism. A letter confirming the internship offer must be submitted with the application. Interns must be enrolled for at least one semester after the end of the internship. Please note that these funds can be for paid or unpaid internships.

Selection Criteria

In evaluating applications, high priority will be placed on:

  • Internships with a high level of responsibility at a professional and reputable news organizations
  • A strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • A connection between the internship and the student's overall academic and career goals
  • Applicant's ability to concretely demonstrate how these funds will be used to support a quality internship experience
  • The quality of the application, resume, and essay

The Award

The award will total up to $2,900 for the semester. The amount may vary according to the funds avialable and the competitiveness of the student's application. Students who are awarded the scholarship are expected to write a thank you note to the donor, sharing their plans for the internship and describing how the scholarship will enable their internship experience. This letter must be sent to the donor before the funds will be released by Villanova University. The award recipient is required to complete all requirements of an academic internship.

Application Process

Students must submit:

  • A detailed internship job description
  • Resume
  • Two page essay connecting your internship to what you hope to accomplish in the field of journalism. The essay should also outline the planned use of the scholarship funds
  • An official offer letter from your employer


The application deadline is 12:00pm on December 31 for the Spring semester, and July 1 for the Fall semester (the deadline for the Fall 2015 semester has been extended to September 1). It is strongly advised to have your resume and application reviewed before they are submitted.


Please click on the "Apply for Internship Credit" link to the right to apply for this scholarship opportunity.

For questions, please contact: Dr. Thomas Ksiazek at

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“My internship was both challenging and rewarding. The single most valuable thing I learned in my internship is that I am passionate about news media and the broadcast industry. I truly felt as though I could be helpful to the team and contribute, but still had room to learn and grow wherever possible.”
-Alexandra (Lexi) Nahl, ‘17

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