Ohio Newspaper Association

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Scholarships

Scholarships

Welcome, Students. Here you will find information on scholarship opportunities offered by the Ohio Newspapers Foundation.

Please note: The Ohio Newspapers Foundation recently broadened scholarship opportunities in order to attract more talented young people majoring in the following newspaper industry related fields: journalism, advertising, marketing, and communications.

University Journalism Scholarships

The Ohio Newspapers Foundation will award two scholarships of $2,000 each to students who are enrolled in an Ohio college or university and majoring in a field relevant to our industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior at an Ohio college or university for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.5 (C+) is required. The student’s college transcript must accompany the application.
  • Application form must be typed or printed legibly by the applicant. (The application form on the reverse side may be photocopied).
  • Student must demonstrate the ability to write clearly in an autobiography of 750 to 1,000 words describing academic and career interests, awards, extracurricular activities and any journalism- related activities. Emphasis should be given to student’s course of study as it pertains to the newspaper industry.
  • Application must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation from college or university faculty members familiar with the student’s work and career interests.
  • Student should provide writing samples, articles or other relevant materials such as web links and PDF files used to display design or advertising content.

Deadline: March 31, 2017

The Harold K. Douthit Scholarship

The Ohio Newspapers Foundation will award a $1,500 scholarship to a student who is currently enrolled and majoring in a field relevant to our industry, particularly journalism, advertising,  marketing, or communications degree program at an Ohio college or university. The scholarship is named for Harold K. Douthit, founder of Douthit Communications, Inc., Sandusky, and a former president of The Ohio Newspaper Association.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior at an Ohio college or university for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required. The student’s college transcript must accompany the application.
  • Application form must be typed or printed legibly by the applicant. (The application form on the reverse side may be photocopied).
  • Students must demonstrate the ability to write clearly in an autobiography of 750 to 1,000 words describing academic and career interests, awards, extracurricular activities and any journalism-related activities. The essay should include reasons for financial assistance.
  • Applications must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation from college or university faculty members familiar with the student’s work and career interests, with special emphasis on the student’s financial need.
  • Students are encouraged to provide writing samples, articles, or other relevant work samples that have been published in print or digital formats (limit to two, please).

Deadline: March 31, 2017

ONWA Annual Scholarship

The Ohio Newspapers Foundation will award a $2,000 scholarship to a male or female student currently enrolled as a junior or senior in an Ohio college or university and majoring in a field relevant to our industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program.

“ONWA” stands for the Ohio Newspaper Women’s Association. After the ONWA disbanded, the group graciously donated the group’s assets to the Ohio Newspapers Foundation to continue a scholarship endowed by Ruth Neely France, one of Cincinnati’s first female journalists and certainly one of the most courageous and colorful reporters of the early 20th Century.

Eligibility

  • Applicant may be male or female and must be enrolled as a junior or senior at an Ohio college or university for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Include the Following With Your Application:

  • A recommendation from one college professor (non-journalism) and one college professor in the journalism or communications department.
  • A transcript of college grades
  • Three or four newspaper clippings or other relevant work samples demonstrating applicant’s skills.
    Applicant’s answers to the following questions (limit of two typed, double-spaced pages per question):
  1. Who or what was your inspiration to get involved in the field of journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications and why did you select your chosen field as your area of interest?
  2. Why do you need a scholarship? What do you think qualifies you for a scholarship?
  3. What do you hope to accomplish during your career as a newspaper industry professional?

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Minority Scholarship

The Ohio Newspapers Foundation will award a $1,500 scholarship to a minority high school senior in Ohio who plans to major in a field relevant to the newspaper industry, particularly journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program at an accredited college or university within the United States for the 2017-18 academic year.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be African American, Hispanic, Asian American or American Indian.
  • Applicant must be a graduating senior at an Ohio high school. Awardee must be enrolled as college freshman at a United States college or university for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • A minimum high school grade point average of 2.5 (C+) is required. The student’s high school transcripts must accompany the application.
  • Application form must be typed or printed legibly by the applicant. (The application form on the reverse side may be photocopied).
  • Students must demonstrate the ability to write clearly in an autobiography of 750 to 1,000 words describing academic and career interests, awards, extracurricular activities and any journalism-related activities.
  • Applications must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation from high school faculty members familiar with the student’s work and career interests.
  • Students may provide additional information such as samples or articles that have been published (limit to two, please).

Deadline: March 31, 2017

For additional information on any of the above scholarships, contact Ann Riggs, ONA secretary and scholarship coordinator, at ariggs@ohionews.org.