NAHJ Scholarship Criteria BA Snyder
NAHJ Scholarship Application Instructions
What scholarship applicants should submit:
All materials should be attached to your online application. If you do not have electronic copies of some of your documents, they should be scanned and attached to the application.
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. This information is used by the NAHJ Scholarship Selection Committee to assess the scholarship applicant’s financial need.
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. Your essay should address the following:
What type of journalism you’re interested in
Any hardships or obstacles you have experienced while trying to realize your goal of becoming a journalist
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).
Work Samples Print, broadcast, audio, photo and/or multimedia work 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 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.
Broadcast/audio samples should be no longer than 3 minutes. We ask that you submit a link to your samples. You can upload a Word document with the links to your work.
Photojournalism samples should be saved as JPEG or GIFF files. Make sure the photo’s resolution is at 72 dpi and no larger than 600K file size. If the file is too large, your application may not load, so instead, upload a 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, photo, broadcast or online media.
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.
NAHJ Scholarship Review Process:
A committee of professional journalists reviews scholarship applications. Weighing each of the above criteria equally, the committee will then select recipients of NAHJ scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be notified in April