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The Scholarship Campaign for Columbia Journalism School

To Ensure Access and Promote Excellence in Journalism

Gifts from alumni and friends enable Columbia Journalism School to educate the next generation of journalists, diversify the student body in every way and help the dramatically changing profession meet its potential and uphold standards of ethical reporting. By making a gift to the Annual Fund or to support other initiatives, you can participate in the school’s philanthropic campaign, which you can read more about here. Thank you for your generosity.

Spring Challenge

JOIN THE SPRING CHALLENGE: Double your impact April 1st through May 15th!

Join your classmates in supporting our annual Spring Challenge! Up to $95,000 in Journalism Annual Fund gifts will be matched at a 1:1 ratio thanks to the generosity of a group of alumni challenge sponsors. Make your gift by May 15 to qualify for the match and support our students. Your gift is essential to supporting next year’s class and making the best journalism school in the world available to every qualified student, no matter the financial need.  Click here to make a gift or reach out to Cynthia Helton at for more information!

Thank you to our generous challenge sponsors: Traute and Gene Gleeson ’73, The Goldhirsh Foundation, Dominic Bencivenga ’87, and DeWitt Rogers ’75.

Annual Fund

The Journalism School seeks to enroll the very best students, regardless of their economic circumstances. Contributions from alumni and friends to the Annual Fund primarily provide scholarship support.

Every gift to the Annual Fund – no matter the size – makes an immediate and palpable difference in our students’ lives. Please consider supporting Columbia Journalism School today.


For more information, email Emilie Dufour or call her at 212-851-7766.

The Dean's Circle

Members of the Dean’s Circle demonstrate philanthropic leadership and enthusiastic commitment to the Journalism School that inspires others. Donors qualify for the Dean's Circle with cumulative gifts of $1,000 or more ($500 for graduates from the last 10 years) to the Annual Fund within a given fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).

Dean’s Circle members who give $5,000 or above to the Annual Fund in a single year may have a scholarship named in their honor or in honor of an individual of the donor’s choosing.


For more information about supporting the Annual Fund through the Dean’s Circle, please email Cynthia Helton or call her at 212-854-8634.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts, including bequests and life income gifts, are designed to help meet your financial and charitable goals while supporting Columbia Journalism School in the long term.

Here is a selection of different Planned Giving options, for more details please visit the University's Office of Gift Planning website here or contact Janine Jaquet.

·       Include a Bequest in Your Will

·       Name Columbia Journalism School as a Beneficiary

·       IRA Charitable Rollover

·       Establish a Life Income Plan

·       Establish a Donor Advised Fund


Other Gifts of Support

The Journalism School has numerous opportunities for alumni and friends to provide support for faculty, students and our historic building. For more information, please email Janine Jaquet or call her at 212-854­-1148.