2018 SPJ FORT WORTH SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS
From its founding in 1946, Fort Worth SPJ has assisted young journalists in their pursuit of an education. The chapter administers three college scholarship programs through its Texas Gridiron Endowment Fund — the Gridiron (scholarships named in honor of Texas journalists, plus a general scholarship), the Lina Davis, and the Jay Milner. Judges evaluate ability, financial need, and career potential. Scholarships generally range from $500 to $3,000, but judges reserve the right to adjust scholarship amounts, place applicants in appropriate categories, and to not give every named scholarship every year. For a full list of scholarships see the SPJ Fort Worth website
DELIVERY: Applications submitted (Click her for application) either by mail or electronically, must be received (not postmarked) by Dec. 1, 2017.
Mailing address: c/o Tom Williams at 301 Commerce Street, Suite 2600, Fort Worth, TX 76102.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants for all scholarships must:
- be attending a college, university or junior college in preparation for a career in journalism;
- be a Texas resident or attending a college in Texas;
- take at least six academic hours each semester covered by the award plus the application semester; and
- have at least a 2.25 grade point average at the time of application and for the duration of the award.
Applicants for a Lina Davis Scholarship must also:
- have attended an Arlington, Texas, high school (public or private) or be enrolled in UT Arlington, Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University or Tarrant County College;
- have finished 60 credit hours with at least a 2.5 grade point average; and
- demonstrate recent involvement with college student news media or as an intern or employee with a professional news organization.
MATERIALS REQUIRED (if electronic, presented either as PDFs, Word documents or .docx files):
- completed application form;
- transcripts for all college work completed;
- three samples of work published in 2017 (for copy editors, before-and-after edited stories);
- a brief resume highlighting educational attainments, work and publishing experience, internships, awards and relevant extracurricular activities;
- two recommendation letters, on letterhead, from faculty members, publication advisors, or work supervisor at a professional news organization; and
- an essay (500 words maximum) on your reasons for pursuing a journalism career, the type of journalism you’re interested in, and how you are preparing for that career.