Princeton University: Free Summer Journalism Program

We are writing to inform you about an all-expenses-paid program for high school student journalists from low-income backgrounds that will take place for 10 days next summer on the campus of Princeton University. The program is entering its 14th year; since 2002, approximately 260 students from high schools across the country have participated. The program’s goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism.

Classes at the program are taught by reporters and editors from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, Time, National Journal, New York Magazine, The New Republic, ESPN the Magazine, CNN and NPR, among other media outlets.

Students meet with numerous Princeton professors, as well as Princeton’s president and dean of admissions. They report an investigative story, cover a professional sports event, produce a TV segment, and publish their own newspaper. And they receive guidance on the college admissions process not only during the 10 days of the program, but also during the fall of their senior year of high school.

 

Students selected for the program will have all their costs, including the cost of travel to and from Princeton, paid for by the program.

We will happily accept several students from the same school, so there is no need to worry about your own students competing for slots in the program.

The application process will take place in two rounds. The first round of the application should be filled out online here:

https://fs4.formsite.com/pusjp/form1/secure_index.html

We must receive this part of the application by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, February 20, 2015.

Those students selected to advance to the second round of the application process will be notified in March.

They will be asked to provide printed copies of the following items via U.S. mail: an official transcript; the first page of the 2013 (or 2014, if available) income-tax return form (the 1040 or 1040EZ form) of their custodial parent(s)/guardian(s), or a signed statement by their parent(s)/guardian(s) saying that their income is below the level at which they would be required to file income tax returns; a recommendation letter from a teacher; and clips from their high school newspaper or other publication (optional).

To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following qualifications:

– They must currently be juniors in high school.

– They must live in the continental United States.

– They must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0).

– They must have an interest in journalism.

– The combined income of their custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus 
child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000.

Note: This program is for students from low-income backgrounds. If the combined income of the custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, exceeds $45,000 and a student still wishes to apply, he or she may attach a letter explaining why his or her family qualifies as financially under-resourced.

Additional information about the program is available at www.princeton.edu/sjp.

If you have questions, the best way to reach us is via email at sjp@princeton.edu.

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Scholarship Bulletin

Greetings!

Although most of you are probably busy with holiday plans, I urge you to read the scholarship bulletin.

Seniors…  At the blink of an eye, you’ll be taking the last walk to receive your high school diploma.  If your plans included post secondary (college or trade school), you need to step up your game to find money to pay for school.

Juniors… it is never too early to begin applying for scholarships.  Many scholarships are open to underclassmen, so please don’t assume that you have to wait until you are a senior to apply.  This is not the case.

To read the bulletin, click on the link below.

+Scholarship Bulletin 12-6-13

Have a great day!

Surfers’ Environmental Alliance Scholarship

**The information below was taken directly from the SEA’s website.  For more details, follow the link below.**

SEA Scholarships

http://www.seasurfer.org/sea-scholarships

Surfers’ Environmental Alliance (SEA) is committed to the preservation and protection of the environmental and cultural elements that are inherent to the sport of surfing. Our goals are achieved through grassroots efforts, community involvement, education and humanitarian efforts. We engage in projects that strive to conserve the quality of our marine environment, preserve or enhance surf breaks, protect beach access rights, and safeguard the coastal surf zone from unnecessary development.

We are proud to announce our first scholarship opportunity.  Please read the following application guidelines and complete the application.

We are now accepting applications for the 2013-14 academic years. Please follow these instructions: 1. Carefully read the eligibility guidelines provided below before submitting your application and supporting documents. 2. Complete the Scholarship Essay Submission section in its entirety. ELIGIBILITY GUIDE-LINES1. High School students must be entering a 2 or 4 year college or university, currently enrolled and returning college and graduate students may also apply.2. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and must enroll full-time for the Fall 2013 semester.

3. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

4. To be eligible for this award you must  answer both of the following two essay questions: in under 1000 words, “Why is keeping the ocean pollution free, and accessible to beach-goers important to you?” and in under 500 words, describe your career plans, community activism, and personal ambitions.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by May 15, 2013.

Primary considerations for awards are: 1. SCHOLARSHIP.  Submit your essays and application outlining your aspirations and community involvement,   (The maximum annual award is up to $3,500.   SEA will award up to 6 separate scholarships for the 2013 – 2014 year.)2. EXCELLENCE. Official academic transcripts are required and must reflect a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.  Transcript must include grades through the second semester of the 2012-2013 high school academic year or the first semester of the Fall 2012 academic year for college/graduate students.  (Transcript should be sent to; Surfers’ Environmental Alliance, 543 2nd Ave., Long Branch, NJ  07740.

3. ACTIVISM.   One letter of recommendation is required from a community service organization with which the applicant has been actively involved.

SCHOLARSHIP DECISIONS

Applicants will be notified of the Scholarship Committee’s decision in early June 2013.  Awards are granted for one year only.

Go to High School, Go to College

You are invited to participate in the:

“Go to High School, Go to College” symposium!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

at Atlantic City High School

The event, including lunch, is FREE and is hosted by The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Alpha Theta Lambda Chapter.

Who is invited?    High school students in grades 9-12th.  “The symposium will include information about succeeding in high school and college.  specialists in college preparation, financial aid, and NCAA will be present for the symposium.

Students can register by completing the:  GoToHighSchoolGoToCollege_App2013 form.  Students can also register by email the information to:  acalphas06@yahoo.com

PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  February 8, 2013