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Freedom Forum Al Neuharth Free Spirits Journalism and Scholarship program
The Freedom Forum’s Al Neuharth Free Spirits Journalism and Scholarship program is  looking for an excellent journalist from D.C. who is in the high school graduating class of 2013. This person would join journalism students from all 50 states in a week of journalism centered at the Newseum, July 14-19. Winners also receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Deadline: Extended to April 20
More: www.freespirit.org

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Young Journalists Development Awards
Nominations are now open for The Washington Post’s first annual Young Journalists Development Awards, which acknowledge significant achievements and contributions made by high school journalists, journalism advisors and media educators across the Washington area. The Washington Post Young Journalists Development Program provides year-round skills training workshops, seminars, scholarships and mentoring opportunities to high school journalists and advisors across the Washington area.

The four award categories include:

  • Emerging Young Journalist presented to one high school sophomore whose work demonstrates an aptitude for high school or community journalism.
  • Young Journalist Leadership presented to one high school junior or senior who has exhibited excellence in journalism and has made solid contributions to high school or community journalism.
  • Inspire Award presented to a journalism advisor (less than 5 years experience) that has worked to enhance their journalistic skill set, has supported the growth of high school journalism programs in their community, and is an active role model for students and fellow journalism advisors.
  • Mentoring Excellence presented to an experienced advisor (more than 5 years experience) who has demonstrated a dedication to promoting interest in high school journalism and has inspired fellow journalism advisors and students.

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, April 13 at 5 p.m.  Winners will be announced the week of April 30 and recipients will be honored during an award ceremony hosted at The Washington Post on Wednesday, May 16.

For complete nomination guidelines and to learn more about upcoming YJDP programs offered by The Washington Post, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/community-relations/young-journalists or join YJDP on Facebook.
Contact: 
Jaye Linnen, YJDP Coordinator
(202) 334-4917
yjdp@washpost.com

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NABJ Founders’ Scholarships 

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce our newest scholarships, the NABJ Founders’ Scholarships. The awards are named in honor of NABJ Founders, Les Payne and DeWayne Wickham. The deadline for both scholarships is April 1, 2012.

 Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, is a columnist for Newsday.  His scholarship is open to any NABJ student member who is currently attending an accredited four-year university and majoring in journalism.

DeWayne Wickham is a columnist for USA TODAY and the Gannett News Service. His scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior that has shown strong promise in overcoming personal obstacles and has a strong passion to pursue journalism in college.

“These scholarships are just another example of NABJ’s commitment to empowering our student members,” said NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr. “Les Payne and DeWayne Wickham are trailblazers in the media industry and they want to continue NABJ’s rich legacy of helping aspiring journalists reach their full potential.”

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Les Payne Founders Scholarship — $2,500

Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, is a columnist for Newsday. The paper’s recent associate editor was responsible for national/foreign and health & science news at the paper for a quarter century; he also served as Newsday’s New York Editor. His news staffs won every major award in journalism, including six Pulitzer Prizes.

The Les Payne Founder’s Scholarship is open to any NABJ student member who is currently attending an accredited four-year university. Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Plans to majors in journalism or is pursuing a career in journalism
  • Has a G.P.A. 2.5 – 3.0 (does not exceed 3.0)
  • To be considered and to receive a scholarship, all applicants must be a member of NABJ
  • Previous NABJ scholarship winners are not eligible
  • All grants are awarded directly to the recipient’s college or university
  • Scholarships will be awarded upon proof of enrollment. The winner will be formally recognized on the NABJ Web site and in the convention program book.

To apply, click here.

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DeWayne Wickham Founders High School Scholarship — $2,500

DeWayne Wickham is a columnist for USA TODAY and the Gannett News Service. His syndicated column is distributed to more than 130 daily newspapers in the United States. Wickham also serves as director of the Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Wickham is a cofounder of The Trotter Group, an organization of black columnists, in addition to being a founding member, Wickham is also a former president of NABJ.

The DeWayne Wickham Founders High School Scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior that has shown strong promise in overcoming personal obstacles and has a strong passion to pursue journalism in college.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Plans to majors in journalism or is pursuing a career in journalism
  • Has a G.P.A. 2.5 – 3.0 (does not exceed 3.0)
  • To be considered and to receive a scholarship, all applicants must be a member of NABJ
  • Previous NABJ scholarship winners are not eligible
  • All grants are awarded directly to the recipient’s college or university
  • Scholarships will be awarded upon proof of enrollment. The winner will be formally recognized on the NABJ Web site and in the convention program book.

To apply, click here.

Links

  • Washington Association of Black Journalists, wabjdc.org
  • National Association of Black Journalists, nabj.org
  • Student Press Law Center, www.splc.org