Student Financial Services

John Fischetti Scholarship

for continuing undergraduate and graduate students

The John Fischetti Scholarship was established by the friends and colleagues of political cartoonist John Fischetti as a continuing tribute to his extraordinary talent. The scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding undergraduate and graduate Journalism students.

Deadlines to Apply:

  • Graduate Students: December 1, 2015
  • Undergraduate Students: February 1, 2016

The John Fischetti Scholarship is open to:

  • Full- or part-time undergraduate and graduate students
  • Undergraduate students who began college at Columbia must have completed at least 2 semesters at the time of application; students who have transferred to Columbia must have completed at least 1 semester
  • Students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in Journalism
  • Students who demonstrate outstanding achievement in print or broadcast journalism, photojournalism, editorial art, or political cartooning
  • Students who demonstrate financial need through a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Scholarship based on:
  • Academic merit
  • Financial need
  • Service in student's specialty (i.e. internships, contributions to student publications/media)

Scholarship amount:
  • Maximum of $5,000 

Notification of the award:
  • All Graduate applicants will be notified by the scholarship committee by January 15, 2016. All Undergraduate applicants will be notified by March 31, 2016. We regret that we are unable to give information regarding the committee's decisions over the telephone or by email.


Contact: Journalism Department - 312/369-8900 or