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Les Payne Founder's Scholarship

  Application Deadline: Friday, February 13, 2015

Number of Awards Available: 1
Amount of the Award: $2,500
Student Type: Undergraduate or Graduate


Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, is also a NABJ founder and served as the organization’s president from 1981 – 1983.  For more than three decades, Mr. Payne built an illustrious career at Newsday having served as an associate editor, local and national reporter, foreign correspondent, and columnist.  He is well-known for not being afraid to speak out against racism and injustices in America and around the world.

Specific Application Requirements:

  • Must major in journalism with a concentration in print and career aspirations of being a print journalist
  • G.P.A. requirement: 3.0 or higher
  • Essay topic:  "As a journalist, Les Payne is passionate about speaking out against injustices, what are three (3) issues you are passionate about and hope to cover as a professional journalist?" (1,000 - 2,000 words)

General Application Requirements:

  •  Resume
  • Cover Letter 
  • Official College Transcript
  • Five (5) Work Samples
  • Three (3) References

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