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This is a resource for you and your students. It will be updated as more information becomes available.


If you know of additional scholarships to add to our list, please email us the information.


Several scholarships and awards are available for seniors as well as juniors wanting to attend workshops during the summer. Awards will be announced online during JEMKC Awards Week in April.



State Student Journalist of the Year Application 



State Student Journalist of the Year Application 


JEA Journalist of the Year Scholarships

High school journalists are eligible. This scholarship awards $3,000 to the winner and $850 for up to six runners-up. Start with the state JOY competition in most cases.


Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

This contest awards prizes up to $20,000 for the 12th graders, undergraduate and graduate students with the best essays about the novel Atlas Shrugged. Students select from one of the three topics listed on the website. There are also smaller prize contests for 8, 9, 10 and 11 graders.


Asian American Journalists Association

Variety of awards and scholarships available; early entries only for college students, but spring contests include several for high school students, awarding more than $1000 each


Association of LGBTQ Journalists

Two scholarships available for students who plan to pursue a career in journalism and advocate fair and active coverage of LGBT issues


The Free Spirit Scholarship

Students must be in their junior year of high school to apply. The scholarship includes $1,000 and an invitation to receive the scholarship at the Free Spirit Journalism Conference.


James Alan Cox Foundation For Student Photojournalists Scholarship

This scholarship is available to high school students who are a sophomore or older, but they must also have at least one semester of high school left to complete. Students must submit written work and a portfolio of photographs. The prize is a digital camera. DUE MID-NOVEMBER


JFK Library Profile in Courage Essay Contest

$20,000 first prize and 25 other cash prizes for this essay contest based on stories of personal courage.


National Academy of Arts and Sciences

Up to $40,000 of scholarships granted to outstanding high school seniors who intend to pursue a career in any aspect of the television industry


National Association of Black Journalists Scholarships

Scholarships range from $1,500 to $2,500. College students and high school students who are studying or interested in studying journalism are eligible. Applicants must also be members of NABJ.


The National Press Club

High school seniors pursuing a career in journalism are eligible. 


Native American Journalists Association Scholarships

NAJA offers scholarships from $500 to $2,500 for Native American students studying journalism. Applicants must be NAJA members. 


New England Newspaper and Press Association

Up to 10 scholarships are awarded each year. College students and high school seniors studying and acquiring work experience in journalism are eligible.


Quill and Scroll Scholarships

To apply, students must be high school seniors and winners of the International Writing or Photography contests or the Yearbook Excellence contest. The Richard P. Johns Award is available to all students, even those who did not compete in contests. Application deadline: November 1 (Yearbook Contest), February 5 (Writing/Photo Contest)


Radio Television Digital News Foundation Scholarships

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation invites students and early career broadcast journalists to apply. The foundation offers funding for students of color; prizes for sports, health, and national security reporting; awards in memory of journalism pioneers; and more.


The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Scholarships and awards are available to students from grades 7 to 12.


SPJ High School Essay Contest

$1000, $500 and $300 scholarships awarded, funded by the Society of Professional Journalists. Nominations accepted beginning Nov. 3.


William B. Ruggles Journalist Scholarship

Applicants must be attending or admitted to an accredited undergraduate journalism program or higher. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded to one student each year. Due December 31

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