BWI College Scholarship

BWI Writing Awards are awarded for more than 26 years and more than 119 participants have submitted 343 entries.

This scholarship program can mean a lot to the future of boating journalism and to people interested in devoting their careers to this field.

BWI members in good standing are encouraged to nominate candidates for scholarship consideration

Full Description

BWI Scholarship Fund has the goal to award at least one scholarship of $2,000 to a deserving student, thus helping him/her to pursue a career in boating journalism.

Some of the criteria in a sample scoring sheet according to which the winner is selected are the following:

  • How complex is the story?
  • Is the lead effective?
  • Does the story flow well?
  • Is the story fair?
  • How well does the story accomplish its intended mission?
  • Finally, how well did the judge like it personally?

The recipient will receive a complimentary one-year student membership in BWI.

Who's eligible?

The BWI Scholarship Fund has the aim to honor undergraduate college students who demonstrate a passion for the field of boating media.

Another requirement that applicants have to meet is to have a clear career goal to pursue this field.

The fields which are considered acceptable are boating journalism, photography, video, broadcasting, film, or art.

People who are eligible are highly encouraged to apply, but those who are not should not waste their time as the judges will look for applicants with talent, promise and firsthand knowledge of the boating life.

When it comes to eligibility, previous scholarship recipients are ineligible to apply for future BWI scholarships, as well as BWI Scholarship Board members and their immediate family members.

How to Apply

Applications for the BWI Scholarship Fund may be downloaded at and they will be accepted once the application process starts.

The applicants should know that each Writing Contest category has a specific scoring sheet used by four judges to evaluate the writing.

The filled-out application form with your materials should be mailed to

If files are too large to email, you can use Dropbox or other file-sharing programs.

Make sure that the application is received prior to January 15th when the application process finishes.

Furthermore, your submission should simple, easily photocopied, or viewable on a standard computer.

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