The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association is inviting talented student journalists to apply for the association’s 20th annual Northern Illinois High School Journalist of the Year scholarship competition.
NINA, a professional organization with member newspaper and media companies throughout the region, will award scholarships this spring to two high school seniors who have excelled in their work for their student newspapers/websites and who plan to continue their study of journalism at the college level.
The first place winner in the competition will receive a $1,000 scholarship along with a commemorative plaque and a title that will stand out on any resume or college application. The second-place winner will be awarded a $500 scholarship, a commemorative plaque, and a recognition that can be included on resumes and job applications.
The announcement of this year’s scholarship winners will also be distributed via news release to all NINA member publications and will appear on the NINA website, Facebook page and in the NINA newsletter.
All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 23. Applicants are asked to send entries to The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association, c/o John Etheredge, Record Newspapers, 109 W. Veterans Parkway, Yorkville, IL 60560.
The NINA Board of Directors is asking high school principals, student advisers and guidance counselors throughout Northern Illinois to help spread the word about this vital and prestigious award opportunity.
NINA maintains this scholarship fund to encourage high school students to continue to study journalism and to promote journalism careers.
Over the past two decades, NINA has received over 560 scholarship applications and presented more than $27,000 in scholarships.
NINA past president and Kendall County Record Newspapers Editor John Etheredge says that in days when “fake news” and social media snarkiness are almost ubiquitous, it’s more important than ever to support young people who are committed to professional journalism.
“As a professional organization dedicated to advancing print and online journalism education and training in Northern Illinois, we are excited at the prospect of awarding this scholarship to a student who shows promise for a career in our profession,” he said. “As always, welcome comments and suggestions about the scholarship program and how we can work together to advance journalism education at the high school level.”