Applications Invited for SPJ Colorado Pro Scholarships for High School, College Students

By SPJ COLORADO PRO

The Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is accepting applications for two sets of scholarships:

  • Helen Verba Award: Scholarships (up to $2,000 each) will be granted to selected high school seniors or college students attending, or accepted by, any accredited U.S.  college or university. Applicants MUST  plan on entering a career in print or digital journalism and be from or living in Colorado.
  • Sheldon Peterson Award: Scholarships of varying amounts will be granted to selected high school seniors and college students attending, or accepted by, an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants MUST plan on entering a career in broadcast journalism and be from or living in Colorado.

Deadline for applications for both categories is Jan. 31, 2020.

Continue reading for details.

  • PRINT, DIGITAL  JOURNALISM  SCHOLARSHIPS

2019 Helen Verba* Award

Print/convergent scholarships (up to $2,000 each) sponsored by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

Deadline for applications: Jan. 31, 2020

 

This scholarship is open to high school seniors and college and university students attending any accredited U.S. college or university. To be considered, applicants must plan on entering a career in print or digital journalism and be from or living in Colorado.

Applications must include:

  • A concise cover letter that may include a statement of financial need and that explains how the applicant intends to use the scholarship.
  • An essay (no more than 500 words) illustrating the applicant’s writing abilities and plans for a career in journalism.
  • Three stories or articles published in a school or professional publication.
  • The names and contact information for three references.
  • A current resume.

Applications must be postmarked or received at the email address below by Jan. 31, 2020.

Scholarship recipients will be notified in the spring and will be invited to attend an awards banquet in Denver. The scholarship money will be paid to the student’s institution. All award amounts will decided by the SPJ Scholarship Committee.

Email completed applications to Doug Bell at dgoal@aol.com.

Or snail-mail them to:

Doug Bell, Colorado SPJ Pro Scholarship Committee

1237 S. Lincoln St.

Denver, CO 80210

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  • BROADCAST  JOURNALISM  SCHOLARSHIP

 2019  Sheldon Peterson* Award

Broadcast journalism scholarship (up to $2,000) sponsored by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

Deadline for applications: Jan. 31, 2020

 This scholarship is open to high school seniors and college and university students attending any accredited U.S. college or university. To be considered, applicants must plan on entering a career in broadcast journalism and be from or living in Colorado.

Applications must include:

 

  • A concise cover letter that may include a statement of financial need. The letter should explain how the applicant intends to use the scholarship.
  • An essay (no more than 500 words) that illustrates the applicant’s writing abilities and plans for a career in broadcast journalism.
  • Two recordings of audio or video stories broadcast by a school or professional media outlet.
  • The names and contact information for three references.
  • A current resume.

Applications must be postmarked or received at the email address below by Jan. 31, 2020.

 

Scholarship recipients will be notified in the spring and will be invited to an awards banquet in Denver. The scholarship money will be paid to the student’s institution. All award amounts will decided by the SPJ scholarship committee.

Email completed applications to Doug Bell at: dgoal@aol.com.

Or snail-mail them to:

Doug Bell, Colorado SPJ Pro Scholarship Committee 1237 S. Lincoln St.

Denver, CO 80210

*Sheldon Peterson was an assistant general manager/public affairs director of KMGH-TV in Denver.

Peterson moved to Denver in 1938 to become a reporter for The Denver Post. He left Denver briefly to work in Chicago, but returned in 1947 to become news director at KLZ. In 1970, he joined KMGH. Peterson was the Denver Press Club’s Communicator of the Year in 1986. He was a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Sigma Delta Chi.

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Questions? Contact Doug Bell at 303-949-3264