Founded in 1908, the National Press Club in Washington, DC is a professional and social club for working journalists and communications professionals. Every year, the National Press Club awards the Richard G. Zimmerman Journalism Scholarship to high school seniors who wish to pursue a career in journalism. This scholarship is awarded in honor of a long time National Press Club member Richard G. Zimmerman, who died in 2008.
Who is eligible to apply for the Richard G. Zimmerman Journalism Scholarship?
All scholarship applicants must:
- be high school seniors pursuing a career in journalism
- have a 3.0 grade point average
- plan to attend college this year
There are a number of requirements to fulfill when applying for the Richard G. Zimmerman Journalism Scholarship. These include either writing samples or multimedia stories on DVD or CD. In addition, applicants must submit three recommendations, transcripts, and a completed signed copy of the FAFSA report. Proof of acceptance, such as a letter, to the institute of higher education you will attend is also required. Finally, applicants must make three copies of all the required documents, including the downloaded and printed application form. All materials should be mailed directly to the National Press Club at the following address:
Executive Director’s Office
National Press Club
Zimmerman Scholarship Committee
529 14th Street, NW, 13th FLOOR
Washington, DC 20045
How much is the Richard G. Zimmerman Journalism Scholarship worth?
The lucky recipients receive a non-renewable award of $5,000!
When is the scholarship application due?
All completed applications are due by April 15, 2021. Make sure that you start your application early, as those three recommendations will take time to write. If the application is not submitted exactly as specified, it will be disqualified.
Interested in taking a look at past recipients? For a peek, click here. Pretty impressive group, right?
Best of luck to all who apply!