SPJ/LA Scholarship Application Deadline Extended to June 1, 2020

Due to the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is extending the application deadline for this year’s scholarships.

SPJ/LA is offering six scholarship opportunities to journalism students, including the newly created Lisa A. Davidson Memorial Scholarship. Information on the scholarships can be found here.

The new deadline for scholarship applications is June 1. This year’s scholarships are worth a combined $9,500.

Applicants must fill out the forms in their entirety, and meet all of the entry requirements, or their submissions will not be accepted or reviewed. The application can be found here.

Send inquiries and applications to Richard Saxton, Scholarship Committee Chair, at SPJLAScholarships2020@gmail.com.

SPJ/LA Adds a 6th Scholarship for Aspiring Journalists

SPJ/LA is pleased to announce a new scholarship for aspiring journalism students enrolled in an accredited program in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties for 2020.

The Nonprofit Communications and Media Network’s Lisa A. Davidson Memorial Scholarship, which is supported by contributions to the Ruth Collander Endowment Fund, will be awarded each year to a student who is currently enrolled in college or has been accepted to college in Los Angeles County, Orange County or Ventura County and will be pursuing a career in journalism. The scholarship offers $1,500 to the recipient selected by the SPJ/LA scholarship committee.

With the addition of the Lisa A. Davidson Memorial Scholarship, SPJ/LA now offers six scholarship opportunities to journalism students. Last year, a fifth scholarship was added to honor former SPJ/LA Board Member Richard Hendrickson. With these new scholarships, SPJ/LA will award a total $9,500 this year. Attached is the revised application form for qualified applicants to submit by the deadline, which has been extended to June 1, 2020.

Click here to download a copy of the application.

UPDATE: Scholarship Awards Application Deadline Extended to June 1, 2020

The Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will be awarding its annual scholarships to students pursuing careers in journalism.

Students from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties who have completed at least their freshman year of college, as well as graduate students from those same counties, are eligible to apply for all scholarships. High school seniors from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties are eligible to apply for the Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship.

The awards will be announced on or about June 20, 2020.

The financial award will be $2,000 for the following scholarship:

– Richard D. Hendrickson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to an enrolled college student pursuing a career in the field of text/print journalism. Richard D. Hendrickson, Ph.D., was an SPJLA Board Member who had a 40-year career as an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor and was an instructor at Cleveland’s John Carroll University, UCLA Extension and CSUN. ($2,000)

The financial award will be $1,500 for each of the following five scholarships:

Nonprofit Communications and Media Network’s Lisa A. Davidson Memorial Scholarship (supported by contributions to the Ruth Collander Endowment Fund) – This scholarship is awarded to a student who is currently enrolled in college or has been accepted to college in Los Angeles County, Orange County or Ventura County and will be pursuing a career in journalism. (Scholarship Award $1,500)

– Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Ken Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International News Service, covering the Korean War, when he was killed aboard an Army aircraft. ($1,500)

– Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing broadcast journalism. This award honors the late Helen Johnson, a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate producer of “Meet the Press.” ($1,500)

– Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Carl Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,500)

– Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism. The award honors the late Bill Farr, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times who sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson murder trial. ($1,500)

On recommendation of the judges, these awards may be divided among two or more equally promising applicants. Scholarship funding is renewable, but renewal is not automatic. Previous winners who continue to meet eligibility requirements may apply to renew their awards. Renewal requests are considered along with all other scholarship applications and given no preference.

Primarily, awards are based on applicants’ potential to succeed in news media careers. However, financial need is considered if all other qualifications of competing applicants are equal.

Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship by checking all of the appropriate boxes on the form, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded to any applicant. Multiple applications will be discarded. Applicants also must:

– Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a journalism program at a two-year or four-year college or university.

  • If your college does not have a journalism program, or if you are not enrolled in a journalism program, you must supply a letter from an adviser to your student media program, student-run campus news outlet or an SPJ member in good standing in your geographic area, verifying that you intend to pursue a career as a professional journalist and that you show strong potential as a journalist.
  • Students completing pre-journalism programs must provide proof they have been admitted to a journalism program.
  • Students must have completed at least their freshman year in college, and have at least one semester to complete in a journalism program after the award of the scholarship.
  • Graduate students in journalism programs are eligible. However, students in fields, such as advertising, public relations or law, are not eligible.

– Reside in or be enrolled at a high school, university or college in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties. Or, if you are enrolled in college in another state, have graduated high school in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

COVER SHEET (see below)
Attach your online application, which should contain resume, journalism work samples, and an essay. Be sure your name is on all elements of your submission.

STANDARD RESUME
This document should contain a record of your school and/or professional journalism experience, including positions held, (reporter, city editor, etc.), dates you began and ended work for each position and a brief description of your duties (e.g., “feature editor, assigned and edited six to 10 features a week for a staff of four writers”), and a list of references with contact information.

You may include additional information, including journalism honors and awards, scholarships or achievements in any field (art or athletics, for example).

JOURNALISM WORK SAMPLES
Students may submit their work in traditional formats, such as clips, tear-sheets and prints, or via optical storage devices, such as CD or DVD. Send a self-addressed return envelope with sufficient postage if you want these items returned. Do not send irreplaceable original material.

  • Print: Submit three samples of your best work. 
  • Online and multimedia: provide links to URLs where published.
  • Broadcast: Submit up to three short video and/or audio samples with attachments or links. 
  • Photojournalism: Five or six samples are sufficient, but if you need to send more to show the breadth of your experience, you may do so.

Be sure that your submissions are clearly and accurately identified, with your name and other pertinent information, such as your university, college or high school. You may describe any special circumstances under which the work was done – such as unusually tight deadlines or particularly adverse conditions.

PROFESSOR/INSTRUCTOR RECOMMENDATION LETTER
Applicants are required to provide a letter of recommendation from one of their journalism professors or instructors. If you are an incoming college freshman, then provide a letter from a high school teacher with contact information outlining your journalism career goals.

ESSAY
Write no more than 500 words describing your career goals: What specific kind of work do you hope to do in journalism when you graduate and later in your career? What are your expectations as a future practitioner? How will you accomplish your goals? (If you wish for financial need to be considered, include documentation in this statement.)

APPLICATION COVER SHEET
Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter 2020 scholarships

NAME ________________________________________________________
MAILING ADDRESS______________________________________________
CITY________________________________STATE_______ ZIP__________
TELEPHONE ________________   TWITTER HANDLE ___________________
E-MAIL ADDRESS________________________________________________

Check each of the scholarships for which you are applying:

  • Richard D. Hendrickson Scholarship – text/print scholarship ($2,000).
  • Lisa A. Davidson Memorial Scholarship – journalism enrolled ($1,500).
  • Ken Inouye Scholarship – ethnic diversity scholarship ($1,500).
  • Helen Johnson Scholarship – broadcast journalism ($1,500).
  • Carl Greenberg Scholarship – investigative or political reporting ($1,500).
  • Bill Farr Scholarship – journalism majors or future journalists ($1,500).

ACADEMIC INFORMATION
University, college (or high school if applying for Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship) ____________________________________________
Major ___________________________Minor ________________________
Grade Point Average (GPA)  ___________Journalism GPA ______________
Degree sought: BA_______ MA_______ Ph.D. ______
Anticipated date of graduation ___________________
Date of birth _________________________________
High school from which you graduated ______________________________
City and state of your high school __________________________________

Applications may be submitted either by regular mail or electronically, using universally readable e-mail attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline is midnight, May 6, 2020. The deadline has been extended to June 1, 2020.

Click here to download a copy of the application.

Send applications by e-mail to Richard Saxton, Scholarship Committee Chair –SPJLAScholarships2020@gmail.com

2019 Scholarship Award Recipients

The Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter is proud to award a total of $8,000 in scholarships to five students pursuing a career in journalism.

“It is our chapter’s honor to give a well-deserved boost to these hard-working students. They represent all that is good and noble in journalism. They give us hope for the future,” said Stephanie Bluestein, SPJ/LA chapter president.

And the 2019 SPJ/LA scholarship winners are…

Richard D. Hendrickson Memorial Scholarship
Text/print journalism – Stephanie Lai – UCLA

Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship
Ethnic diversity – Kate Sequeira – USC

Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Broadcast journalism – Blake Atwell – Santa Monica College

Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship
Investigative or political reporting – Kaidi (Ruby) Yuan – USC

Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship
College journalism majors or high school students who will be majoring in journalism – Julie Madsen – UC Berkeley

Below is the brief history of the five scholarships:

Richard Hendrickson Memorial Scholarship–This scholarship is awarded to college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in text/print journalism. Hendrickson, a longtime newspaper reporter and editor before becoming a college professor, was serving as SPJ/LA’s treasurer when he died unexpectedly in July 2018. ($2,000)

Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship–This scholarship is awarded to a college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International News Service and was covering the Korean War when he was killed aboard an Army aircraft. ($1,500)

Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship–This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing broadcast journalism. Johnson was a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate producer of “Meet the Press.” ($1,500)

Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship–This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by President Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,500)

Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship–This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism. Farr, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson murder trial. ($1,500)

2019 Scholarship Awards/ Application Deadline: June 15, 2019

The Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will be awarding its annual scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

Students from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties who have completed at least their freshman year of college, as well as graduate students from those same counties, are eligible to apply for all scholarships.

High school seniors from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties are eligible to apply for the Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship.

The awards will be announced on or about July 15th, 2019.

The financial award will be $2,000 for the following scholarship:

– Richard D. Hendrickson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to an enrolled college student pursuing a career in the field of text/print journalism. Richard D. Hendrickson, Ph.D., was an SPJLA Board Member who had a 40-year career as an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor and was an instructor at Cleveland’s John Carroll University, UCLA Extension and CSUN. ($2,000)

The financial awards will be $1,500 for each of the following four scholarships:

– Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Ken Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International News Service, covering the Korean War, when he was killed aboard an Army aircraft. ($1,500)

– Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing broadcast journalism. This award honors the late Helen Johnson, a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate producer of “Meet the Press.” ($1,500)

– Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Carl Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,500)

– Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism. The award honors the late Bill Farr, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times who sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson murder trial. ($1,500)

On recommendation of the judges, these awards may be divided among two or more equally promising applicants. Scholarship funding is renewable, but renewal is not automatic. Previous winners who continue to meet eligibility requirements may apply to renew their awards. Renewal requests are considered along with all other scholarship applications and given no preference.

Primarily, awards are based on applicants’ potential to succeed in news media careers. However, financial need is considered if all other qualifications of competing applicants are equal.

Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship by checking all of the appropriate boxes on the form, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded to any applicant. Multiple applications will be discarded.

In addition, applicants must:

– Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a journalism program at a two-year or four-year college or university.

  • If your college does not have a journalism program, or if you are not enrolled in a journalism program, you must supply a letter from an adviser to your student media program, student-run campus news outlet or an SPJ member in good standing in your geographic area, verifying that you intend to pursue a career as a professional journalist and that you show strong potential as a journalist.
  • Students completing pre-journalism programs must provide proof they have been admitted to a journalism program.
  • Students must have completed at least their freshman year in college, and have at least one semester to complete in a journalism program after the award of the scholarship.
  • Graduate students in journalism programs are eligible. However, students in fields, such as advertising, public relations or law, are not eligible.

– Reside in or be enrolled at a high school, university or college in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties. Or, if you are enrolled in college in another state, have graduated high school in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties.

To find out more about the Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los Angeles Chapter, please visit spjla.org

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
COVER SHEET
 (see below)
Attach to the front of your application, which should contain resume, journalism work samples, and an essay. Be sure your name is on all elements of your submission.

STANDARD RESUME
This document should contain a record of your school and/or professional journalism experience, including positions held, (reporter, city editor, etc.), dates you began and ended work for each position and a brief description of your duties (e.g., “feature editor, assigned and edited six to 10 features a week for a staff of four writers”), and a list of references with contact information.

  • You may include additional information, including journalism honors and awards, scholarships or achievements in any field (art or athletics, for example).

JOURNALISM WORK SAMPLES
Students may submit their work in traditional formats, such as clips, tear-sheets and prints, or via optical storage devices, such as CD or DVD. Send a self-addressed return envelope with sufficient postage if you want these items returned. Do not send irreplaceable original material.

  • Print: Submit three samples of your best work. Photocopies are acceptable.
  • Online and multimedia: Web page URLS are acceptable, but hard copy printouts of web pages would be helpful.
  • Broadcast: Submit up to three short video and/or audio samples. Microcassettes acceptable.
  • Photojournalism: Five or six samples are sufficient, but if you need to send more to show the breadth of your experience, you may do so.

Be sure that your submissions are clearly and accurately identified, with your name and other pertinent information, such as your university, college or high school. You may describe any special circumstances under which the work was done – such as unusually tight deadlines or particularly adverse conditions.

PROFESSOR/INSTRUCTOR RECOMMENDATION LETTER
Applicants are required to provide a letter of recommendation from one of their journalism professors or instructors. If the you are an incoming college freshman, then provide a letter from a high school teacher outlining your journalism career goals.

ESSAY
Write no more than 500 words describing your career goals: What specific kind of work do you hope to do in journalism when you graduate and later in your career? What are your expectations as a future practitioner? How will you accomplish your goals? (If you wish for financial need to be considered, include documentation in this statement.)

APPLICATION COVER SHEET
Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter 2019 scholarships

NAME ________________________________________________________
MAILING ADDRESS______________________________________________
CITY________________________________STATE_______ ZIP__________
TELEPHONE ________________   TWITTER HANDLE ___________________
E-MAIL ADDRESS________________________________________________

Check each of the scholarships for which you are applying:

  • Richard D. Hendrickson Scholarship – text/print scholarship ($2,000).
  • Ken Inouye Scholarship – ethnic diversity scholarship ($1,500).
  • Helen Johnson Scholarship – broadcast journalism ($1,500).
  • Carl Greenberg Scholarship – investigative or political reporting ($1,500).
  • Bill Farr Scholarship – journalism majors or future journalists ($1,500).

ACADEMIC INFORMATION
University, college (or high school if applying for Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship) ____________________________________________
Major ___________________________Minor ________________________
Grade Point Average (GPA)  ___________Journalism GPA ______________
Degree sought: BA_______ MA_______ Ph.D. ______
Anticipated date of graduation ___________________
Date of birth _________________________________
High school from which you graduated ______________________________
City and state of your high school __________________________________
Applications may be submitted either by regular mail or electronically, using universally readable e-mail attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline is midnight, June 15, 2019

Click here to download a copy of the application.

Send applications by e-mail to Richard Saxton, Scholarship Committee Chair –SPJLAScholarships2019@gmail.com