Memorial Scholarship for 2016
The Bernard Kilgore Memorial
Scholarship will be awarded following a statewide competition, sponsored by the
New Jersey Press Foundation and the Garden State Scholastic Press Association.
awarded by New Jersey Press Foundation, which administers the Bernard Kilgore
Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The recipient also is named GSSPA's New Jersey High
School Journalist of the Year and is entered in a competition for the National
High School Journalist of the Year, operated by the Journalism Education
The scholarship recipient is selected by a panel of
New Jersey newspaper editors. Selection criteria include the student's intent to
major in journalism in college. Applicants must have at least two years of
experience on their high school newspaper. Applicants must submit at least three
letters of recommendations with their applications and at least three samples of
writing published in the high school or community newspaper. Because applicants
must have at least a 3.0 grade point average out of 4.0, a current high school
transcript must be enclosed with the application package.
The Kilgore Scholarship recipient is announced at NJPA’s annual editorial
awards banquet in April and at GSSPA's Spring
Advisers’ Conference in May.
The Kilgore Scholarship is possible because of gifts to New Jersey Press
Foundation from the Kilgore family and friends, The Princeton Packet
and Dow Jones Foundation.
Bernard Kilgore was the dominant figure at The Wall Street Journal and
its parent corporation, Dow Jones and Company, for more than a quarter century.
He purchased The Princeton Packet in 1955, at the time The Wall Street
Journal was beginning to become large and successful. Kilgore created
The National Observer, the nation’s first national weekly newspaper, built
financial weekly, and expanded the Dow Jones News Service into a world-wide
supplier of business and financial news. At the time of his death in 1967, the
Journal had grown from a small financial newspaper into the only national
daily newspaper. Kilgore was 59 years old when he died. In 2000, he was honored
posthumously by TJFR Group as the Business Journalist of the 20th Century.
Kilgore's commitment to the nation's
young journalists was demonstrated by his leadership in creating the Dow Jones
Newspaper Fund, a foundation devoted to encouraging young people to pursue
careers in journalism. He believed that the newspaper business needed to
identify and encourage more talented writers and editors in order to remain
strong and profitable. The Newspaper Fund, founded in 1958, was to help address
that concern. One of that foundation’s first programs was to send inexperienced
high school journalism teachers back to college to study journalism during the
The application deadline is
Friday, February 12, 2016.
for the 2016 Bernard Kilgore Memorial Scholarship.