NLGJA Scholarship

NLGJA, the Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists, has a South Florida chapter that offers a $500 scholarship – even if you’re not from South Florida or attending school there.

The president of NLGJA’s South Florida chapter is Jason Parsley, the past president of SPJ Florida and published of OutSFL. So obviously, SPJ Florida avidly supports NLGJA South Florida.

Applications are due midnight, July 15, 2024. Here are the rules…

Criteria

You must:

  • be planning to pursue a career in journalism
  • be able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to the profession
  • demonstrate an awareness of the issues facing the LGBTQ community and the importance of fair and accurate news coverage

Selection will be based on journalistic and scholastic ability. For undergraduates, a declared major in journalism and/or communications is desirable but not required. Non-journalism majors may demonstrate their commitment to a journalism career through work samples, internships, and work on a school news publication, online news service, or broadcast affiliate. Graduate students must be enrolled in a journalism program.

Who can apply

  • Current or incoming undergrad students enrolled in a U.S. community college or four-year university. Proof of acceptance or current enrollment required.
  • Current or incoming graduate students enrolled in an accredited journalism or mass communications field. Proof of acceptance or current enrollment required.

How to apply

A complete application package should include:

  • One-page résumé
  • Five work samples as described under work samples
  • Proof of attendance: a letter of acceptance or a letter of enrollment from a U.S. community college or four-year university (contact jeparsley@gmail.com for exceptions). Scanned copies accepted. Official transcript, scanned digital copies accepted.

Work samples

  • Print – Samples written by the applicant and published in a high school, college or community newspaper, magazine or online news service. Samples should be submitted as scans in either *.jpg or *.pdf formats.
  • Video – Should be submitted via e-mail when possible. Embedded video, file downloads or web addresses are also acceptable. Work samples may contain more than one story but should be no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Audio – Should be submitted via e-mail when possible. File downloads or web addresses are also acceptable. Work samples may contain more than one story but should be no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Photographic – Images should be examples of published work from a high school, college or community newspaper, magazine or online news service. Published submissions and/or originals should be submitted in *.jpg, *.pdf, *.tif or *.gif formats.

Restrictions and terms

The scholarship is available only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who plan to attend a full year of school in the U.S. The scholarship may not be used to pay for course work or credits earned abroad. The scholarship award may pay for tuition only. The scholarship must be disbursed within the calendar year it is awarded. The NLGJA South Florida Chapter will work with college or university financial aid offices to determine the best schedule for distributing awards, which will be sent directly to the institution. No payments will be made directly to students.

Return of awards

Recipients who are unable to finish the academic year because of illness or family emergencies may be asked to reimburse NLGJA South Florida for awards provided for the uncompleted quarter or semester. Students suspended from school for inadequate academic performance, disciplinary action or who were charged with a criminal offense will be asked to repay their entire scholarship.

Questions

Email Jason Parsley.