Sponsoring Institution: Press Club Institute

Type: Journalist Scholarship

• be a high school senior in the process of applying for admission to an accredited college or university in the U.S.
• have a 3.0 grade-point average or higher
• plan to pursue a career in journalism 

Highlight: Are you a student interested in journalism and creative writing? Well, the National Press Club offers scholarships to aspiring journalists tor kickstart your career and recognize your work. The National Press Club has four different journalism scholarship opportunities: the Scholarship for Journalism Diversity Honoring Julie School, the Richard G. Zimmerman Scholarship, the Wes Vernon Broadcast Scholarship, the Dennis and Shirley Feldman Fellowship, and the Lewis Scholarship. The journalism scholarships offer different amounts and have different eligibilities.

There are three journalism scholarships, the Julie School Scholarship, the Richard G. Zimmerman Scholarship, and the Dennis and Shirley Feldman Fellowship, for $5,000. The first two scholarships are offered for high school seniors who are in the process for applying for college. Applicants of the Dennis and Shirley Feldman Fellowship, however, must be enrolled, or in the process of enrolling, for an accredited graduate program in journalism. All of these are one-time journalism scholarships that reward students who want to pursue a career in journalism. The application window for each scholarship differs and can be accessed here.

The National Press Club also offers the Wes Vernon Broadcast Scholarship, a scholarship that can be renewed every year for up to three years @ $5,000/ year for up to $20,000. Each year, the journalism scholarship provides $5,000 to students studying journalism with a preference going to students entering or enrolled in a communitiy college program either as an entering freshman or as a mid-career professional changing career paths.

The last journalism scholarship is the Lewis Scholarship, a unique opportunity where applicants must have a journalism internship in Washington D.C. before receiving the scholarship. To be eligible for this journalism scholarship, applicants must be an enrolled student of color in their third or fourth year currently taking classes in Washington D.C. The scholarship then provides winners free housing and a stipend of $1,000 per month for the duration of the student’s internship. This journalism scholarship is a great opportunity to develop one’s skills and get real world experience. Past winners of this journalism scholarship can be found here. To quote the great author Isabelle Allende, “From journalism I learned to write under pressure, to work with deadlines, to have limited space and time, to conduct an interview, to find information, to research, amd above all to use language as efficiently as possible and to remember that there is always a reader out there. So, if you are serious about pursuing journalism, then one of these 5 scholarships can probably apply…once you apply!


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