Celebrating the potential of student journalists
The Deadline Club, New York City’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, supports and encourages journalism in the metropolitan area through its annual scholarship program. It funds these financial awards through The Deadline Club Foundation, a 501(c)3 that it founded to help raise money for scholarships. This year, the Foundation will award merit-based scholarships of $2,500 each.
The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in journalism or journalism-oriented communications programs at colleges and universities in the New York City metropolitan area, which includes all campuses within a 50-mile radius of Columbus Circle.
Recipients will be determined by a panel of journalists, communications professionals, and educators that looks for students who have demonstrated, through both scholarship and practice, a potential to contribute to the highest standards and goals of the craft. The committee's decisions are final.
Scholarship recipients will be notified by email no later than April 27, 2020. Recipients are invited to attend The Deadline Club's annual awards dinner as its guests. The 2020 awards dinner will be held on Monday, May 18, 2020 at The Harvard Club in Manhattan, where the scholarship winners will be publicly congratulated in front of an audience of more than 200 New York City journalists. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified, and applicants should not contact The Deadline Club to inquire about their application status.
How to Enter
1) Complete the application form and submit electronically on this website. The entry period will end at 11:59 p.m. on Wed., April 8, 2020. ***NOTE*** You should be prepared to complete all required fields and file uploads at the time of submission. Please follow the file naming instructions included in the application.
2) Submit a 300-word essay (typed, double-spaced) describing your reasons for pursuing a career in journalism, your greatest accomplishments to date, and how this scholarship will help take you to the next level.
3) In 1,000-characters or less, describe the impact this scholarship would have on your pursuit of a journalism education. ***Note*** This is included as a specific question on the application form.
4) Submit three to five previously published audio, video, writing, or multimedia samples.
5) Submit two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from an educator familiar with your academic record. If the person writing your letter of recommendation prefers that you not see it, it can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that incomplete applications as well as those that do not comply with the guidelines in the Eligibility Rules will be disqualified.
Eligible students include both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in journalism or journalism-oriented communications programs at colleges and universities in the New York City metropolitan area, which includes all campuses within a 50-mile radius of Columbus Circle. International students who will be attending college within this geographic area are eligible to apply.
Prospective students who have been accepted by a qualifying undergraduate or graduate program in the New York metropolitan area, and who plan to enroll by September, are eligible to apply provided they meet all other criteria. They do not need to be currently enrolled in a New York metropolitan area school. However, they will not receive their award until they provide evidence of official enrollment in a qualifying program; Scholarship winners will receive a year-long membership in a student SPJ chapter or The Deadline Club.