Journalism: Sheila A. Wolfe Scholarship

Sheila A. Wolfe Award for Excellence in News Journalism

Shelia A. Wolfe Scholarship Application

Annual $10,000 Tuition Scholarship to Drake University

In 2012, Sheila A. Wolfe, JO’52, a graduate of Drake University and retired long-time executive employee of the Chicago Tribune, established an annual scholarship for an incoming first-year student pursuing an undergraduate degree in News Journalism at Drake. Preference is given to a student graduating from a Chicago area high school, but not required if no such student exists.

Scholarship Specifics

  • Award covers $10,000 of tuition, renewable annually as long as the student meets all selection requirements, maintains a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and continues to pursue an undergraduate degree in News journalism.
  • Recipients are strongly encouraged, but not required, to seek and secure as many news internships as possible to supplement academic credits earned at Drake.
  • Recipients should be interested in pursuing a career in news journalism.

Scholarship Requirements

The recipient of the scholarship must be:

  • An entering first-year student at Drake University.
  • A student who demonstrates academic excellence with a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale (or equivalent thereof).
  • A major in news-Internet in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC).
  • A student with demonstrated financial need.

Preference will be given to students who:

  • Served in a leadership position for his or her high school newspaper.
  • Graduated from a Chicago area high school (not required if no such student exists).

Applicants Must

  • Complete an application to Drake and be admitted to the University.
  • Complete the Sheila A. Wolfe Award for Excellence in News Journalism scholarship application form, which includes submission of a personal essay.
  • Submit an application for financial aid by March 1; this can be done via

Download the Shelia A. Wolfe Scholarship Application.

Visit our admission site for an application for admission to Drake University along with complete instructions.

The general admission application, official school transcript, SAT or ACT scores (or test-flexible interview), recommendation form, and $25 admission application fee (waived for online applicants) must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2017. Please mail admission materials to the Office of Admission, 2507 Drake University, University Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50311-4505, USA.

It is recommended that candidates make a copy of their scholarship materials before mailing and obtain a certificate of mailing from a postal clerk to verify postmark date.

Sheila A. Wolfe

Sheila A. Wolfe spent her career working at the Chicago Tribune, pioneering a new career path for women journalists through her roles as reporter, associate editor, and recruitment director. Today she spends much of her time traveling throughout the world. When at her home in Chicago, she enjoys reading at least three newspapers a day and practicing Tai Chi as well as the banjo.

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