The purpose of the Disney Storytellers Fund at FAMU is to prepare high-potential students at the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) at Florida A&M University (FAMU) to be leading communicators and innovators in journalism and media through academic engagement, professional development, and mentorship. Students selected will be a part of the second cohort of Scholars to join the Disney Storytellers Fund at FAMU. Alongside the 2022-23 cohort, students will have the opportunity to build relationships and grow personally, professionally, and academically.
A core component of the Disney Storytellers Fund at FAMU program includes the opportunity for eligible Scholars to participate in a summer internship at The Walt Disney Company. During the internship, ABC News and Disney will offer specialized programming, including professional development, experiential learning opportunities, and a speaker series. During the fall and spring academic semesters, additional engagement will be provided by FAMU and Disney, including 1:1 mentorship, learning and development sessions, and a guest speaker series.
Scholars will receive tuition and housing scholarships and an additional stipend.
To be eligible for the program, Scholars should be juniors or transfer students enrolled as a major in SJGC; have a solid academic record; demonstrated interest in journalism, media, public relations or graphic design; and have a financial need. In-state applicants preferred. A selection committee comprised of FAMU, SJGC and Disney members will review applications for the program. FAMU SJGC will make the final selection of Scholars.
Students will receive a $10,000 scholarship per year during their enrollment (Fall/Spring, total up to $20,000), plus a $1,375 stipend not to exceed 2 years.
- Have a 2.5 GPA or higher
- Submit a transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
- Submit a current resume
- Submit two recent letters of recommendation
- Submit a personal essay/statement of goals
- Have a FAFSA on file in the FAMU Office of Financial Aid
A completed application consists of the transcript, resume, recommendations, essay/statement of goals, and scholarship form. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the selection committee.
Fill out the form and upload the following documents:
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal essay/statement of goals (450-word limit)
Letters should be typed, dated, and include in what capacity the recommender knows you and the length of time. Recommenders must not be a family member.
Letters should be tailored for the Disney Scholar program. Prior recommendations written for other organizations will not be considered.
One letter should come from a current faculty member/instructor who can assess your scholastic record, co-curricular/extracurricular activity, and academic engagement.
The second letter can come from another supporter (faculty, staff, adviser, coach, mentor, employer, etc.).
Personal Essay or Statement of Goals (choose one)
- Share an important lesson learned from your life experience
- Describe your long-term professional goals
Personal essays or statements of goals should be typed, dated, and include your name, school, major and classification (junior or transfer) at the top of the document.
Your essay or statement should not have any spelling, formatting or grammatical errors. Carefully proofread your application before submitting it.