Carole Simpson Scholarship

 
The 2015 application period has closed. The next round of applications will open in January.

In a career of notable firsts, Carole Simpson has led the way for minorities and women in broadcasting. After beginning her career as a journalism educator, she went on to break barriers and raise social issues as a journalist. Simpson was the first woman broadcast news in Chicago, the first African American woman to anchor a network TV evening newscast, and the first minority woman to solo moderate a presidential debate. She retired from ABC News in 2006 to become Leader-in-Residence at Emerson College's School of Communications in Boston. Her memoir, NewsLady, was published in 2010.

Carole Simpson is a former RTDNF trustee and the 1996 recipient of the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award in recognition of her work to protect First Amendment Freedoms. She established the Carole Simpson Scholarship to encourage and help minority students to overcome hurdles along their career path in electronic journalism.

The recipient of the Carole Simpson Scholarship will receive $2,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.
 
 
 
WHO CAN APPLY
 
  • Students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors at the time the scholarship is awarded, pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism
  • Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores or above in good standing when scholarships are awarded
  • Students may apply for only one RTDNF scholarship, and past RTDNF scholarship winners are not eligible.
 
HOW TO APPLY
 
  • Complete the online application form, including:
    • Contact information
    • Experience
    • URL links to 3-5 work samples
      • Work samples should be broadcast (television/radio) or online news pieces
      • Work samples should be uploaded to a host site like YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.
  • Upload the supplemental materials:
    • Cover letter
      • Discuss your current and past journalism experience
      • Describe how you intend to use the funds
      • Discuss your choice to pursue a career in journalism
      • Addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee
    • Resume
    • Letter of recommendation
      • From a professor, advisor, or supervisor
      • Addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee
 

PAST WINNERS

 
2014 Nathalie Dortonne University of Florida
2013  Imani Crenshaw  Hampton University
2012 Dakarai Turner DePaul University  
2011 Paule Machado   University of Central Florida
2010 Gardenia Coleman   Arizona state University
2009 Lina Washington Arizona State
2008 Brandon Lewis University of Missouri
2007 Chamise Jones Virginia Commonwealth University
2006 Jeffrey Preval Hofstra University
2005 Damon Maloney Columbia College
2004 Alexis Hunt Indiana University
2003 Deanna Garcia New Mexico State
2002 Alexandra Harold Eastern Illinois University
2001 Lanaea Parker Louisiana State
1999 Vicky D. Nguyen University of San Francisco
1998 Holly Harris Louisiana State University
1997 Zaneta T. Lee University of Alabama
1996 Ingkeua “Klare” Ly University of Missouri
1995 Hope Lorraine Bartlett Northwestern University
1994 Arun Khosla University of Illinois
1993 Lourdes Alcaniz University of Southern California
1992 Drakeel Burns Ohio University
 


FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

Frequently asked questions
Application tips and checklist

 

CONTACT: If you have questions about scholarships and fellowships, please contact Karen Hansen: karenh@rtdna.org