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NJPF Scholarships

For information about scholarships offered by the New Jersey Press Foundation, go to the foundation's website: .

A separate list of newspaper and news service internships for college students is available elsewhere on this NJCPA website. To go to that list of internships, click here.

The New Jersey Press Foundation, the charitable arm of the New Jersey Press Association, awards several scholarships every year to college students who work as interns for New Jersey newspapers.

Several interns were selected in December 2008 to receive scholarships and internships that pay a minimum of $325 a week during the summer of 2009.

Deadline for the 2010 Internship / Scholarship Program is November 15, 2008.

The New Jersey Press Foundation offers these other college scholarship programs:

Other N.J. Scholarships

American Legion Press Club of New Jersey Father Anthony J. O'Driscoll Memorial Scholarship, $500; to a graduating high school senior entering a four-year college. For more information, contact: Jack W. Kuepfer, 68 Merrill Road, Clifton, N.J. 07012 (include a SASE with your request).

Bob Baxter Scholarship Foundation Scholarships (2), $1,000 each; to N.J. residents intending to study press photography. Applications available from Jean-Rae Turner, c/o New Jersey Newsphotos, Hemisphere Center, Route 1, Newark, N.J. 07114.

Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Scholarships (2), $1,000 each; to college students who are residents of the metropolitan Philadelphia area (including southern New Jersey and Delaware). Applications available from Gerald Etter, c/o The Philadelphia Inquirer, 400 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19130.

New Jersey Sports Writers Association scholarship, $500; to a New Jersey resident who has demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in sports writing. Send your name, college, year of graduation, current class year, college address and phone number, home address and phone number, high school and college newspaper experience (staff positions held and honors), a statement of interest in a sports writing career, a bio sketch, a letter of recommendation from someone who has evaluated your newspaper work, a transcript of college course work (optional), three samples of work (preferably published) and a statement of special financial or other family circumstances (if applicable). Mail all information to: NJSWA Scholarship, P.O. Box 200, Metuchen, N.J. 08840. Deadline for applications to be postmarked is Dec. 27.

New York Association for Women in Communications scholarships (4), two at $2,000 each for undergraduate students and two at $2,000 each for graduate students. Awarded in memory of Jessica Savitch and open to male and female college students attending schools in New Jersey, Connecticut and New York. For information, write or call NYWICI, 355 Lexington Ave., 17th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10017-6603; Phone: 212-661-4743.

Tim O'Brien Scholarship is awarded annually to a Seton Hall University journalism freshman who contributed articles to The Setonian, the college newspaper. For details, click here.

The Educational Testing Service, based in Hopewell, offers a Presidential Graduate Scholarship for International Students of Journalism. Two $2,500 awards will be awarded to students enrolled in, or about to be enrolled in, graduate programs along the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern seaboard states. The application deadline is June 10. For details, contact ETS at or call 609-771-7878.

Newspaper Awards

New Jersey College Newspaper Contest

The contest year for the New Jersey College Newspaper Contest has been changed to parallel the academic calendar.

For the first year of the change, entries may be submitted for newspapers published during the entire 2008 calendar year and during the first two months of 2009.

The next entry deadline will be March 2, 2009. Awards will be presented Saturday, April, 18, 2009, at the Trenton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

The 2008-2009 contest is sponsored by the New Jersey Press Foundation. Click here for information about the contest.

The contest, which has separate divisions for two-year and four-year colleges, has 12 categories for individuals and two categories for the overall newspaper to enter.

The 14 categories for the contest are:

Total-Newspaper Categories

  • General Newspaper Excellence
  • Page Layout and Design

Individual Categories

  • News Writing
  • Deadline Reporting
  • Feature Writing
  • Biography / Personality Profile
  • Editorial Writing
  • Column / Opinion Writing
  • Sports Writing
  • Arts and Entertainment / Critical Writing
  • Enterprise / Investigative Reporting
  • General Photography
  • Sports Photography
  • Editorial Cartoon / Artistic Story Illustration

CIT & Rutgers N.J. Business Journalism Competition

Student reporters for New Jersey college and university publications are invited to submit articles for the 17th annual Journalism Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Reporting of New Jersey Issues.

The contest is sponsored by CIT Group, Inc., and the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University.

The wining student reporter will receive $500. An honorable mention award of $250 also may be presented.

The deadline for entries is February 28.

Application forms are available by calling (732) 932-7500, ext. 8150 or 8126. For more information about the contest, visit

Student Society of Newspaper Design

This national contest has four judging categories:

1. Daily student newspapers
2. Non-daily student newspapers
3. Non-daily designer of the year
4. Daily designer of the year

For a list of recent winners, check the SSND web page:

For an entry form, contact:
Daryl Moen
203 Neff Hall
School of Journalism
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211

The Best of Collegiate Design

The College Media Advisers operates a national awards competition for college newspapers and publishes the results in an informative and attractive magazine.

For more information and an entry form, write Bob Adams, 121 Garrett Center, 1 Big Red Way, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101-3576.

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