The Bernal E. Smith II Scholarship

Bernal E. Smith II is the late publisher of the Tri-State Defender. Smith was dedicated to running one of the country’s oldest African-American newspapers. This $1,000 scholarship is for a hardworking student aspiring to become a journalist and continue his legacy. 

Scholarship applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • GPA: 2.5

  • Be enrolled as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student at an accredited institution in the Mid-South region

  • Students who are enrolled at an accredited institution outside the Mid-South region may apply if they are Mid-South residents (proof of residence will be required)

The 2021 application is closed.

Support future journalists and media professionals by donating to the scholarship fund.