Who is Eligible?
All high school journalism teachers and newspaper and yearbook advisers who have had at least six semester hours of journalism courses and a minimum of one year of teaching experience and advising school publications, and who plan to return to the high school classroom and media advising next year, to apply the information gained in the course work taken as a result of this scholarship are encouraged to apply.
The scholarship program’s objective is to identify and reward experienced journalism teachers and publication advisers (as defined above) who seek the opportunity to upgrade their journalism skills, teaching methodologies and advising techniques.
In addition to the application form, each applicant is required to submit two letters of recommendation that will attest to their journalism teaching skill, publication advising, quality of the journalistic writing course(s) the applicant teaches and the quality of the publication(s) the applicant advises. The letters of recommendation should come from any of the following sources:
- Vice or Assistant Principal
- Department Chair
- Regional or State Scholastic Press Association Director
- Scholastic Journalism Workshop Director
- A faculty member of the school, college or department of journalism for whom the applicant will take a journalism course
- JEA mentor, current or former
It is the intent to select a journalism teacher/publication adviser who plans to take course work that is definitely beyond the introductory level. Descriptions of courses or workshops should be submitted with the application to help inform the selection committee about the plan of study.
The application deadline is April 15.