Julie Schoo Scholarship for Diversity in Journalism 2024

Deadline: February 18, 2024

Applications are open for the Julie Schoo Scholarship for Diversity in Journalism 2024. The purpose of the scholarship, named for the former executive director of the National Press Club Journalism institute, is to recruit promising future journalists who will bring diversity to American journalism.

Student journalists, like their professional colleagues, dedicate themselves to covering their communities across platforms. Juggling classwork, part-time work, and journalism activities can often go without reward. The National Press Club and NPC Journalism Institute are proud to administer scholarships honoring promising future journalists serving their communities.


  • The Scholarship for Journalism Diversity Honoring Julie Schoo consists of a $5,000 one-year scholarship. The award can be renewed up to three years, for a total of $20,000 toward educational expenses.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be a high school senior planning to attend college this year;
  • have a 3.0 grade-point average or higher;
  • plan to pursue a career in journalism.

Students do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply for this scholarship.


You should have all application materials prepared to submit before starting your application. You will not be able to start, save, and return to your submission. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

A complete application consists of:

  • A short elevator pitch: Why are you interested in journalism, and how have you pursued it so far? (no more than 150 words)
  • Your most recent academic transcript (PDF)
  • A 500-word essay on how you will bring diversity to U.S. journalism (PDF)
  • A description of your financial need
  • Three to five work samples demonstrating your ability or a career interest in journalism*
  • Three letters of recommendation from teachers or professors, employers, leaders of the various groups you are involved with, or other people who are most familiar with your work and work ethic

*Work samples can include published work, scripts for broadcast news stories, clips from a podcast, video news stories, other digital media, or other journalistic work samples. Audio or visual work samples should be no longer than 4 minutes per clip.

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For more information, visit Julie Schoo Scholarship.

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