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2017 NAHJ CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIPS

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists Chicago Chapter is excited to announce that we are offering three separate $2000 scholarships/stipends and one $500 scholarship to Latino students. NAHJ scholarship opportunities are open to college-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students pursuing careers in English or Spanish-language print, broadcast, digital or photojournalism, and social media.  Students attending four-year colleges and universities in Illinois are eligible to apply.  There will be one print, one radio and one television scholarship. The $500 scholarship will be for social media.  
CRITERIA:  The following criteria will be equally considered as a committee makes its selection of scholarship recipients.
Journalism Commitment: Students must demonstrate a sincere desire to pursue a career in the field of journalism.  Academic Achievement: There is no minimum grade point average to qualify for NAHJ scholarships.  However, academic performance will be considered.
Community Awareness: Applicants need to be aware of issues that face the Latino community and Latinos in the newsroom.

MATERIALS:  Materials from applicants for the scholarships must be sent via email to nahj.chi@gmail.com  by August 1, 2017.  All materials and attachments should be included in the same email. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The scholarships will be awarded on August 15th.

  • 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.
  • School transcripts: A transcript is required from the most recent institution you have attended.
  • Financial Needs Statement: This part of the application asks for details on the applicant’s expenses and income.  This information is used by the NAHJ Scholarship Selection Committee to assess financial need.
  • Essay:Please submit a typed, double-spaced, essay of 500 words or less.  The essay should focus on why you are choosing a career in journalism given the current climate and/or why it is important to have Latinos in the newsroom.
  • Samples of your best work:These include print, digital, television, radio or photo samples. Please limit to three. Work Samples may be in English or Spanish. Judges will be viewing all applications in a web browser, so make sure your work is formatted for the web.
    • Print Samples:Articles published in a college campus or community newspaper or magazine or online.
    • Television & radio samples:Should be no longer than 3 minutes. Supply the links to videos/audios that already are posted on the internet. If it’s posted on YouTube/Vimeo/Soundcloud make sure it’s posted as a public video.
      Photojournalism Samples: Should be saved as .JPG. Make sure the photo’s resolution is at 72 dpi and no larger than 600K file size.

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