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    Journalist of the Year Scholarships

    Offered by Journalism Education Association

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Jun 17, 2024
    Multiple awards worth up to

    $3,000

    Grade level

    High School Senior

    Application deadline:

    Varies

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you a high school senior passionate about journalism? If so, consider applying for the Journalist of the Year Scholarships! The scholarships are open to high school seniors who participate in their states’ Journalist of The Year competitions. In order to apply, students must submit a digital portfolio of their journalist work to their state official by their state’s submission deadline. Winning portfolios from each state will then be sent to the national level, with winners announced at the Spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention.

    The scholarship is offered by the Journalism Education Association, a US-based national organization for journalism teachers and advisors that supports free and responsible journalism by providing resources, educational opportunities, and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement.  Each year, the first-place winner receives $3,000, and the four runners-up receive $1,000 each. If you’re a high school senior passionate about journalism and are looking for some help to pay off your undergraduate degree, we encourage you to apply!

    Eligibility information

    In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must have previous journalistic experience and meet the below eligibility requirements.

    Grade Level

    High School Senior

    Citizenship

    U.S. Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA, Other

    Academic Interest

    Journalism, Literature/English/Writing

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application, an online portfolio with examples of their work, and the below application materials.

    Portfolio & Personal Narrative

    Academic transcript

    Resume or CV

    Three letters of recommendation

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Is this scholarship open to international students?

    Yes, this scholarship is open to U.S. Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA students and international students.

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Journalism Education Association at [email protected].

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

    For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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