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    Carter Pitts Scholarships

    Offered by Iowa Newspaper Association

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Oct 27, 2023
    Multiple awards worth

    $500

    Grade level

    High School Seniors & College Students

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    February 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    The Carter Pitts Scholarships annually award $500 each to multiple current and incoming post-secondary students pursuing a career in newspapers. The scholarship, funded by Le Mars Daily Sentinel, is named for the Daily Sentinel’s longtime publisher/owner. The late Carter Pitts was also the first president of the Iowa Newspaper Foundation and the organization’s first professional fundraiser. To apply, interested students must submit a 250-word personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and two clips of writing or other examples of their work that attest to their abilities in their intended career field.

    If you’re a current or incoming college student wanting to work in the newspaper industry, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

    About Iowa Newspaper Association

    The Iowa Newspaper Association is an association of nearly 300 daily and weekly newspapers, working together to provide the citizens of Iowa with information and leadership for today and far into the 21st century. It administers several scholarship funds that provide assistance to Iowa students preparing for newspaper careers.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    High School Seniors & College Students

    Academic Interest

    Journalism

    Application information

    In addition to the below materials, applicants must submit two clips of writing or other examples of their work which attest to their abilities in their intended career field.

    250-word essay

    Letters of Recommendation

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