Scholarships

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 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​ ​highlights​ ​of experience​ ​in​ ​the​ ​industry​ ​and​ ​involvement​ ​with​ ​SPJ​ ​or​ ​other​ ​journalism​ ​groups. 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 be decided by the SPJ Scholarship Committee.

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

Or snail-mail them to:

Doug Bell, Colorado Pro SPJ 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.

Questions? Contact Doug Bell, 303-949-3264


PRINT JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIPS

2019​ ​Helen​ ​Verba* Award

Print journalism 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 Pro SPJ Scholarship Committee, 1237 S. Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80210.

*Helen Verba was a devoted member of Sigma Delta Chi (now known as the Society of Professional Journalists) throughout her life. She worked at The Denver Post from 1951 until her retirement in 1978. She joined The Post in its radio/TV department, worked on the society desk and became club editor in 1971. Before joining The Post staff, Verba worked for a Denver advertising agency and wrote and produced radio shows for the information department at the University of Colorado.

Questions? Contact Doug Bell, 303-949-3264

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