Presidents Scholarship

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

Two awards are given each year in honor of former RTDNA Presidents Theodore Koop, Bruce Dennis, James McCulla, John Salisbury, Bruce Palmer, Dick Cheverton, Jim Byron, Ben Chatfield and John Hogan. 

The recipients of the Presidents Scholarship will each receive $1,000 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 Brett Hall University of Maryland
  Brooke Sassman Rutgers University
2013 Jason Puckett Elon University
  Shannan Ferry  Hofstra University
2012  Brandon Goldner University of Maryland  
  Joe Bruno Elon University 
2011 Samantha Baranowski Elon University
  Sarah Phinney Ball State University
2010 Abbey Niezgoda Emerson College
  Monica Yantosh Elon University
2009 Jennifer Rizzi Bucknell
  John Santucci Hofstra
2008 Kimberly Saltmarsh Hofstra
  Sarah Hollenbeck University of Missouri
2007 Adam Rhew UNC Chapel Hill
  Adam Shivers University of Alabama
2006 Thomas Hendrick University of Colorado
  Lauren Williamson University of North Texas
 
 


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