Scholarship Spotlight: Bodie McDowell Scholarship

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In the spirit of Bodie McDowell, a writer who covered the great outdoors, the Outdoor Writers Association of America honors talented undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate a record of accomplishment and commitment to the field of outdoor communications.

Scholarship: Bodie McDowell Scholarship

Awarding Organization: Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA)

Amount: $1,000 – $5,000

Number of Scholarships Awarded: 3-5

Eligible Students: Current undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing outdoor communication fields, such as journalism, print, photography, film art, or broadcasting.

Eligible College(s): Schools that offer communications and journalism programs

How to Apply: Students can download the application from the website below. Additionally, all applicants must submit a letter of recommendation, provide a transcript, demonstrate examples of outdoor work, and write a 1-2 page statement that outlines specific career goals in their field of study.

Deadline: March 1


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.


Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. Visit our website to learn more about Robyn Stewart.