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Acel Moore Scholarship for Community Journalism
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Acel Moore Scholarship for Community Journalism


Number of Awards Available: 2
Amount of the Award: $3,000
Student Type: Undergraduate or Graduate

From the age of 22, Acel Moore had a powerful desire to make a contribution to the world, and decided that journalism would be the best way to reach his goal. In 1962, he took a job as a clerk at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and six years later became a reporter assigned to cover the police beat. He worked his way through the ranks, ultimately becoming a columnist, a member and associate editor of the Editorial Board, and the newspaper’s Associate Editor Emeritus, a title he held until his death.

Along the way, Acel won a Pulitzer Prize with colleague Wendell L. Rawls Jr. for an investigation of harsh conditions at the Farview (PA) State Hospital. Their stories exposed the brutal treatment of mentally disturbed prisoners and led to reforms.


Acel is most remembered for his ability to connect to everyday people and his love for telling their stories, which had been largely ignored by the mainstream press. Through them, he captured the universality of the human experience.


“Year after year, in column after column, Moore introduced the people of Philadelphia to each other, knowing that most of them, because of race and class and calcified ignorance, would never have met any other way,” wrote colleague and friend Butch Ward of the Poynter Institute, when Acel died in February 2016.  


“Moore believed they needed to meet. Because he believed journalism could raise people up, bring people together, help us be better,” Ward said.


You can read more about Acel here.


Purpose of the scholarship


The Acel Moore Scholarship for Community Journalism aims to continue Acel’s work as well as honor him as a journalist and a human being. The winners of the scholarship should reflect the qualities that set him apart: a deep regard for “regular folk” and the courage to speak truth to power through their stories.


Application Requirements:

  • Must be a current NABJ member.
  • Must be an American or foreign-born student who is currently enrolled full time at an accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Must major in journalism, a communications-related discipline or liberal arts, and have a demonstrated interest in pursuing newsgathering across various platforms.
  • Must meet a cumulative G.P.A. requirement of 2.5 or higher, as verified by an official college transcript.
  • Must have at least one year of school remaining at the time of the application submission.
  • Must provide a resume.
  • Must provide a cover letter (500-800 words) explaining your journalism experience, academic accomplishments, career goals, community involvement and financial need.
  • Must write an essay on the specified topic (1,000 – 1,500 words).  The essay should tell a meaningful story of challenge, growth, change, celebration or sorrow from the perspective of an influencer or change-maker in the community. The objective is to showcase leadership and insight from “regular folk,” rather than focusing on elected or appointed officials, or other power-brokers.
  • Must provide at least three (3) and no more than five (5) work samples (articles, audio and/or video clips, podcasts, blogs, photos or personal website).
  • Must provide three (3) references, along with their contact information: name, title, email address and phone number. Letters are NOT required.
  • Documents must be in Microsoft Word or PDF. Please save and submit all documents as "Name.Year.Type of File" (example: JaneDoe.2013.Resume)

Application Deadline:  Friday, April 19, 2019

Click HERE to Apply! 

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