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WCBU Scholarship

In addition to providing a public service to the community, WCBU also gives Bradley University and Illinois State University students an opportunity to learn alongside professional journalists through internships and paid positions.

The WCBU Scholarship (up to $500) is awarded each year to one qualifying student, or may be evenly divided among multiple qualified students at the selection committee's discretion. Funds must be used for educational expenses. Students may only win the scholarship once during their career at Bradley or Illinois State.

The WCBU scholarship is made possible by the Friends of WCBU Fund. The winning student(s) will be selected by a committee of WCBU staff.

Questions? Contact WCBU Executive Director R.C. McBride.


  • Must be an undergraduate student and enrolled in academic good standing at Bradley University or at Illinois State University (preferably in the School of Communication).
  • Must be a former or current intern at WCBU.
  • Must have a strong commitment to the field of broadcast journalism and demonstrated creativity, leadership and interpersonal communication skills.

How to Apply

The 2024 application deadline has passed.

You must include the following items as part of your submission:

  • Resume
  • One-page essay demonstrating career goals and reflecting applicant’s interest in a career in broadcast journalism or related field
  • Letter of recommendation

Apply here. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


  • 2022: Olivia Streeter
  • 2023: Isabela Nieto and Meagan Ruger-Smith
  • 2024: Kinsley Reliford