2020 Scholarship Application Instructions BA Snyder 2019-12-24T19:02:50+00:00
NAHJ Scholarship Application Instructions
What scholarship applicants should submit:
W-2 Form A copy of your W-2 form and the W-2 of anyone who claims you as a dependent (typically your parents). This documentation will help the NAHJ Scholarship Selection Committee assess the scholarship applicant’s financial need.
Resume One-page resume listing your educational background, work history, awards, journalism related internships, other scholarships, language proficiency and any work done for your school or community newspaper, radio and/or television.
Letters of Recommendation Two references from people who are familiar with your academic and/or journalism work. (Examples: professors, counselors, employers, faculty advisors, etc.) Letters from relatives will not be accepted.
Unofficial School Transcript If you have attended more than one school, a transcript is required from each institution unless grades from the previous school(s) appear on the present transcript.
Financial Needs Statement This part of the application asks for details on the applicant’s expenses and income.
Essay Submit a typed, double-spaced essay of 500 words or less that explains why you are interested in a career in the field of journalism and address the following:
a) Your background
b) What type of journalism you’re interested in
c) Any hardships or obstacles you have experienced while trying to realize your goal of becoming a journalist
d) Your thoughts on diversity in journalism and why it is important to have Latinos in the newsroom
Essay in Spanish (For those pursuing Spanish-language journalism only) Applicants must submit an essay that explains why they seek a career as a Spanish-language journalist (and address the same topics as above).
Facebook, Cecilia Alvear, Ana Real Scholarships pertain to specific types of careers. Please indicate your interest in that area in your essay.
Work Samples Print, broadcast, audio, photo and/or multimedia work samples. Please limit to three.
a. Work samples may be in English or Spanish.
b. Print samples can be stories written by the applicant that have been published in a high school, college or community newspaper, magazine or online outlet. Applicants should include no more than three clips of published work.
c. Broadcast/audio samples should be no longer than 3 minutes. Please upload a PDF or Word document with the links to your work.
d. Photojournalism samples should be saved as a PDF, or upload a PDF or Word document with links to your work.
NAHJ Scholarship Judging Criteria
Each of the following criteria is weighed equally when NAHJ considers which students to select as scholarship recipients:
Commitment to the Field of Journalism – Students must demonstrate a sincere desire to pursue a career in the field of journalism. This applies to students who are planning careers in English or Spanish-language print, broadcast, digital or photojournalism.
Academic Achievement – There is a 3.0 minimum grade point average to qualify for NAHJ scholarships. Academic performance will play a role in deciding which students are awarded scholarships.
Financial Need – The economic status of a student’s household will be taken into consideration in making scholarship selections.
Awareness of the Community – The Latino community is the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. Student journalists need to be aware of issues that face the Latino community and Latinos in the newsroom while striving to portray all people in a fair and accurate manner in coverage of stories.