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National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity

The National Press Club, the leading professional organization for journalists, wants to recruit promising future journalists who will bring diversity to American journalism.


The scholarship consists of a $2,000 one-year scholarship, which can be renewed for up to three years at $2,500 per year. The first-year scholarship includes an additional $500 book stipend, the Ellen Masin Persina Scholarship.

The competition is open to high school seniors who are preparing to enter college and intend to become a journalist and who will bring diversity to U.S. journalism.

Applicants MUST provide the following information in Triplicate(3 copies of all requested information). All information must be included in one package, including recommendations; newspaper articles must be reduced to 8½ by 11 sheets only. Failure to include all information in triplicate, including multimedia formats, will result in disqualification:

- No more than five (5) work samples demonstrating an ongoing interest in journalism through work on a high school newspaper or other media; these may be print articles (reduced to 8 ½ by 11 size), or multimedia stories on a CD or DVD (three copies of all media)
- A 500-word essay explaining how s/he would add diversity to U.S. journalism
- Three letters of recommendations from persons who are not members of your family (must be included in the same package)
- A copy of your high school transcript (must be mailed in the same package along with all other information)
- A completed signed copy of the Financial Aid Form (FAFSA) that you submitted
- A letter of acceptance from the college/university of your choice or some documentation indicating where you have applied
- A brief description of how you have pursued journalism in high school; the student may discuss financial need or any special circumstances that would assist the Scholarship Committee in selecting a nominee

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