Awards & Recognition, Education, High schools

Help NINA Find The 2022 High School Journalist of The Year

This message is for any high school principal, student newspaper adviser, yearbook adviser, guidance counselor — or any NINA partner who knows of a budding high school talent and wants to point that young person in the direction of a $1,000 scholarship.

The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association, a professional organization with member newspapers throughout the region, is pleased to announce this year’s scholarship competition for graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their journalism education at the college level.

The application material must be postmarked April 9 or earlier.

This spring, NINA will award one $1,000 in scholarship. Eligibility requirements and other criteria are listed on the scholarship dropdown menu at

We ask that you make this application form available to your student journalists. Completed applications and supporting documents should be sent to Northern Illinois Newspaper Association, c/o Shelley Hendricks, Campus Life Building, Suite 130, DeKalb IL 60115.


In addition to the scholarship, the winner will receive a plaque and will be the subject of an article in our association’s online newsletter.

NINA President Patricia Szpekowski said NINA maintains this scholarship fund to encourage high school students to continue to study journalism and to promote journalism careers.

“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,” she said.

For more information, contact NINA Communications Director Shelley Hendricks at 815-753-4239 or at