It's scholarship and awards time at SMPA! All SMPA students are encouraged to apply for as many of the multiple opportunities listed below as you feel are appropriate. Many of these awards are worth thousands of dollars!
Here are the details:
Each application should include the following: a transcript (does not have to be official), a letter outlining your accomplishments, professional goals and an explanation as to how you meet the requirements of each award. Where applicable, please include a portfolio of published journalistic work. You must provide printouts or a DVD of relevant material -- no online links will be reviewed.
Financial need and diversity matter, but are not essential, for all awards - just explain in your letter why you feel you are the most qualified student to receive it.
Please read the description for each category to decide whether you are eligible:
Essary Journalism Prize: This is a prize honoring the best undergraduate journalism writing and all undergraduates are eligible. A portfolio of work is obviously essential for this prize.
Larry King: Goes to a junior/rising senior with demonstrated need (students graduating in December 2012 are eligible.)
Sherman Page Allen, and Gridiron: Any male undergraduate student in journalism is eligible to apply. A portfolio of work is essential for this prize. (This entry was updated to reflect that ALL undergraduate students in journalism is eligible, regardless of gender.)
Eaton Scholarship: This scholarship is available to students in either major, as well as graduate students.
Phillip L. Graham Fund Scholarship for Diversity: Preference will be given to students in either major from underrepresented groups, including, but not limited to, women and individuals of diverse backgrounds.
The Hoberman Prize: This prize recognizes original and meaningful journalism produced by a SMPA undergraduate from either major. That work can take any form including print, video, audio, photography or a multi-media combination of those elements. The work can be done through a class, an internship, an extracurricular activity or a job. A preference will be shown for work that has been published, but class assignments are eligible. ‘Published’ will be interpreted broadly to include such platforms as newspapers, magazines, TV, radio websites, blogs and social media. The prize will honor reporting that demonstrates depth, originality and a connection to community -- either local or global.
Dorothy and Will Roberts Prize: For graduating seniors, this prize recognizes “academic achievement, community service and professional promise.”
Added on 3/7 -- Freedman Family Annual Scholarship: Anyone who wants to become a professional journalist after graduation is eligible for this scholarship.
The deadline to apply for these scholarships is 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012. Send Professor Steve Roberts, head of the awards committee, your questions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and drop off your printed application addressed to "Professor Steve Roberts" to the front desk in Room 400 during regular business hours.
Awards will be handed out at SMPA's annual Awards Night: this year it's April 16th. Join us in the lower lobby of the MPA building for refreshments starting at 6:30pm and the awards ceremony will follow! If you know you are attending, you may RSVP here.