The NWA Broadcast Meteorology Scholarship

(Application link is at bottom of this page)

NOTE: This Scholarship is currently CLOSED for Applications.

The National Weather Association provides this scholarship opportunity to a talented student that plans on pursuing a career in broadcast meteorology.

Offering:  One scholarship per year in the amount of $1000.  The NWA may ask the winner of the Broadcast Meteorology Scholarship to make a presentation at a local or annual NWA meeting; the NWA may provide additional funding for required travel and accommodations for such a presentation.

Administration:  The scholarship selection is administered by the NWA Broadcast Meteorology Committee and the NWA Education Committee.  The NWA office announces the call for applications in January/February each year, applications close in mid May and the scholarship designee is notified by late June.

Eligibility: Any undergraduate going into their sophomore year or higher in the fall. (Note, graduate students are not eligible for this scholarship) If the student is classified as a senior they must either have at least the upcoming fall (Sep. - Dec.) semester to complete after the scholarship is awarded.

While students are encourage to apply for multiple NWA scholarships, the NWA will not award a student multiple scholarships in any given academic year.

Award Criteria: The scholarship is awarded based on:

  1. Academic achievement/merit (transcripts)
  2.  Two letters of recommendation (one from a current or former meteorology professor, and one from media personnel)
  3.  A one page statement (500-550 words max) explaining why the applicant wants to be a broadcast meteorologist and their vision for the future, and
  4. A YouTube Video which includes two full on-camera weathercasts, with all graphics and show elements prepared by the applicant

Logistics: Scholarship money will be transferred following the financial guidelines of the college or university involved. If there aren't any financial guidelines from the school, NWA will make the $1,000 check payable to both the student and the education institution at the beginning of the September - December semester or quarter.

Application Process: The application process is completed on-line via the link below. Student copies (online versions) of transcripts are acceptable. Recommendations are completed on-line as well. Scholar Select will send an e-mail to to those you select to provide recommendation with instructions on how to submit their recommendation of you. Applicants should check with the individuals that are providing recommendations that they have indeed submitted on your behalf.

Incomplete applications including lack of recommendations or legible copies of transcripts will result in the NWA's inability to evaluate your application.

Please contact the NWA office if you have questions.


Last updated 5/14/2016