1. Judges will base their decisions on the applicants’ adherence to the stated qualifications and on the application package including resume, cover letter, work samples and letter of recommendation. Awards for reporting, producing and videography are judged by the quality of the tape and script. Judging off-camera talent such as producing is aided by descriptions of the applicant’s role in preparing the stories, to include writing, shooting or editing skills. In general, the most successful applications should include very strong work samples and a compelling personal narrative conveyed in the cover letter.

  2. The group of judges is drawn from the RTDNF Trustees or their designates. Award benefactors may have a role in the final selection process of their award winner. For these awards, the RTDNF judges will screen the applicants and select a pool of 3-5 finalists from which the benefactor will determine the winner.

  3. At least two judges view each complete application and come to consensus. A judge must recuse himself or herself if he or she is personally or professionally acquainted with the applicant. Entries may be pre-screened and narrowed to a minimum of three finalists by a single judge, with the winner selected by the judging committee or at least two members of that committee.

  4. Any applicant who fails to adhere to the written instructions or submit a complete application package may be disqualified.

  5. Former scholarship winners may not apply for a second scholarship and former fellowship winners may not apply for a second fellowship. However, a former scholarship winner may qualify for a fellowship award.

  6. The decisions of the judges may be reviewed in consultation with the RTDNF officers, benefactors and Executive Director. Their decisions are final.