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    Lewis Scholarship

    Offered by The National Press Club

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Jul 9, 2024
    Multiple awards worth


    Grade level

    College Upperclassmen

    Application deadline:

    July 28, 2024

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you a college junior or senior of color who has secured an on-site journalism internship in Washington, D.C., to take place in the upcoming semester? If so, the Lewis Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each spring, summer, and fall, the scholarship awards approximately $10,000 each in housing and stipend costs to multiple college upperclassmen of color who demonstrate a commitment to a journalism career in the nation’s capital. Recipients will receive housing through the Washington Intern Student Housing program. To apply, interested students must submit a 500-word essay, transcript, resume, three published journalistic samples, three letters of recommendation, a brief statement of financial need, and a letter or email of acceptance showing that they have secured an on-site journalism internship in Washington, D.C. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

    About The National Press Club

    The National Press Club is a professional and social club for working journalists and communications professionals that has been a Washington institution for more than a century. Founded in 1908 as a haven for reporters in the nation’s capital to relax, enjoy a drink and play cards, the National Press Club has flourished to become the World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists™, one of the most popular event venues in the nation's capital for hosting professional and social events, and a full-service multimedia production facility to help communicate news and information to a global audience.

    Eligibility information

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

    Grade Level

    College Upperclassmen

    Minimum GPA


    Minimum Age

    18 years old


    Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African, Hispanic/Latino, Native American

    Academic Interest


    Award Use Location

    Washington DC


    Applicants must (1) enroll in online classes during their time in Washington, D.C. and (2) plan to intern at news media outlets in Washington, D.C.

    Application information

    In addition to the below application materials, interested students must submit links to three published journalistic work samples and a brief statement of financial need.

    500-word essay

    Academic transcript

    Resume or CV

    Three letters of recommendation

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