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Scholarship ID Number

Joseph A. Quinlan and The Daily Collegian Alumni Scholarship for Journalism

The purpose of the Fund will be to provide scholarship support to undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Journalism. Eligible recipients will have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and be in good academic standing.


Amount Details

Number of Scholarships Available

Application Deadline

Award Year

Is Scholarship Renewable?

Is a FAFSA Necessary?

Need- or Merit-based

Enrollment Level

Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Undergraduate - any level

Area of study

Minimum GPA Needed

Eligibility Requirements
For undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Journalism with financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA.

Residency Requirements

Application Method
Online Application (see field below)

Application Instructions
In order to be considered for this scholarship, please complete the General Application using the link below. This is not an application specific to this scholarship. By completing the General Application, you will automatically be considered for several scholarships awarded by Financial Aid. Students must be intending to enroll for the following semester in order to be considered for Financial Aid scholarships.

Scholarship Online Application

Scholarship Background Information
Joseph A. Quinlan (Joe), was a 1980 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he majored in journalism and political science. He joined the staff of The Daily Collegian as a freshman, and during his college years, had a summer internship as a reporter in the newsroom of The Boston Globe. Joe, a native of Lowell, worked for the Associated Press in Springfield for several years after graduation. He then decided to pursue a law career, earning a degree via night school at the Western New England University School of Law in 1988. He became a prosecutor, working for district attorneys in Hampden, Middlesex, and Worcester counties before moving to New Hampshire. In 2008, the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association named him Prosecutor of the Year. As a rookie prosecutor in Hampden County in 1989, Joe survived a brutal stabbing at the hands of a corrupt State Police officer and needed hundreds of stitches to close his wounds. After his recovery, he returned to work and a successful career. Joe Quinlan was a dogged reporter and a tenacious attorney who smoothed the rough edges of life with a wry sense of humor and a kind, generous heart. Like so many, he experienced tragedy and battled personal demons. And in that, he was our Everyman: His was a life of trials and triumphs, a life well-lived with passion and compassion in equal measure. Joe loved journalism. He cut his teeth at his beloved Collegian and honed his craft under the tutelage of experienced journalism professors. His careers -first as a reporter, then a prosecutor -were a perfect fit, enabling him to advocate for the powerless and pursue justice. But the golden thread running through Joe's life was the personal relationships he cultivated and nurtured. He advised younger reporters to get to know the people they covered, be they cops, teachers, or politicians. He held tight to his Collegian colleagues, attending reunions to rekindle those early friendships that were such a touchstone in his life. Though he quietly and bravely battled the ravages of a rare thymus cancer -even rallying to travel to UMass to attend a Collegian 30+ year reunion in 2018 -he passed away August 2019 at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was only 61. By helping a student every year with a bit of tuition help, the Collegian alunmi who are launching this scholarship hope to encourage others to carry on his remarkable legacy. We need more Joe Quinlans in this world.

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UMass Amherst Department Information
Financial Aid Services

Contact Information

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Financial Aid Services




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