Apply for scholarships

Updated: Local journalism organizations are offering more than $10,000 in scholarships to communications students at UW and beyond. Here’s more info:

SPJ: The Western Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has increased its scholarship amounts this year! The chapter is awarding two scholarships for $3,500 to undergraduate students majoring in journalism or communications at two-year or four-year colleges in the state of Washington. Awards are for the 2015-2016 school year.

We are also offering the June Anderson Almquist Memorial Scholarship for $2,500 – this one is being offered to female undergraduate students in Washington who are majoring in journalism at the University of Washington.

Additionally, we are offering a fourth scholarship that will be at least $1,500 and at maximum $3,000. The total amount for this final award will be determined at the SPJ Awards Gala held in June.

Applicants have to e-mail the following to

1. A personal essay answering the question, “Why have you chosen a journalism career and what do you hope to accomplish after college?”

2. A copy of your resume. Please include current contact information (mailing address, email and phone number). Also include what year of college you are in, your major and what year you expect to graduate.

3. Three work samples – these can be PDFs of print stories or links to online stories or multimedia (photography, audio or video).

4. Additionally, send an official transcript of all your college credit to:

Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington Pro Chapter
ATTN: SPJ Scholarships
P.O. Box 30111
Seattle, WA 98113

Note: Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered.

Questions? Send us an email at

Deadline is April 10. Here’s how to apply.

AAJA: Founders’ Scholarship & Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship:

Encouraging all aspiring photographers, print, radio, TV, and online storytellers to apply now!

For all scholarship inquiries, contact Caroline Li at

Schools can download the application in PDF for their scholarship/career offices here:
2015 Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship Application

To qualify you must be:

  • A Washington resident.
  • A current high school junior or senior attending a high school in Washington.
  • A current student attending a 4-year college, community college or vocational college who will be attending school this fall (does not have to be a WA college).
  • Founders’ Scholarship is open to all high school and college students.*Graduating college seniors are also eligible to apply for Founders’ Scholarship.Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship Application Materials:

Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship Application Materials:

  • A completed application form (below).
  • Contact information for two references (*NOTE: We have cut out the recommendation letter requirement from two references. Instead, we will call references for our finalists only).
  • An copy of your current transcript (emailed to
  • Resume(optional).
  • A 500-word essay (See scholarship application below).
  • Statement of financial need. Please describe the cost of your education and list any sources you use (i.e. scholarships, jobs, parental assistance and other types of financial aid) to pay for your education. (Included as part of the form below).
  • Links to three samples of your best work.

Founders’ Scholarship:

Only AAJA Seattle Student Members Eligible. The Founders’ Scholarship was established in 2000 to honor Frank Abe, Ron Chew and Lori Matsukawa, who founded the AAJA Seattle chapter in 1985. The scholarship covers a student registration fee for 2015 National Convention.

The 2015 National Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco, August 12-15, 2015. A small stipend for travel and accommodations is available. Learn more about AAJA National Convention here:

Deadline is May 3. Here’s how to apply.


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