The Olivia Barker Scholarship Fund

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the Olivia Barker Scholarship Fund at the Columbia School of Journalism.

Our goal is to reach $100,000 within five years to create an endowed scholarship fund in Olivia's memory that will be sustained in perpetuity.

Instructions follow about how to contribute online or by snail mail. We've also included information about tax deductions, corporate matching, our goal and contact details.


Gifts and pledges to the Olivia Barker Scholarship Fund reached the goal of  $100,000 on Olivia's birthday, June 10, 2018. The fund will be established as an endowment to provide scholarships in perpetuity to students enrolled in the Graduate School of Journalism who have demonstrated financial need.

Olivia’s family will be able to influence the focus of the Olivia Barker Scholarship in a way that feels meaningful and in the spirit of Olivia. Her family will be invited to meet the recipient each year and we, her community, can follow the careers of these promising writers. 



1. Go to
2. In the Select a designation drop-down menu, select Journalism Annual Fund.
3. Enter the dollar amount of your gift. 
4. Under the question: "Is this gift in honor of someone?" click tab to Yes
5. Click blue box for "In Memory" and input Olivia Barker Scholarship Fund
6. Follow the prompts to enter your personal and payment information.

Save the form to your computer or print from the web browser. 

A personal check or your credit card information can be mailed in with the donation form with your payment. Please make check payable to Columbia Journalism School and write Olivia Barker Scholarship Fund in the memo line.

Please mail your payment and printed form to:
Asha Kaufman
Assistant Dean
Columbia Journalism School
703 Pulitzer Hall, MC 3801
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027


Contributions to Columbia University are fully tax deductible to the extent permitted by law, up to 50 percent of adjusted gross income. Columbia University's tax ID number (EIN) is 13-5598093.

Further details can be found here: 


Many companies will make a matching gift to Columbia when one of their employees makes a donation. To find out if your company has such a program, use this convenient search engine:


For questions about the fund, please contact:

Jane B. Lowry
Assistant Dean, Alumni & Development

Melissa S. Dassori
Assistant Director, Annual Fund

The Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
2950 Broadway, Suite 704
New York, NY 10027