Barbara Frye Scholarship Applications now open for 2015

The Florida Capitol Press Corps is pleased to announce that the applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Barbara Frye Scholarship. Applications are due Sept. 15,2015.

Graduating high school seniors and college students planning to pursue a career in journalism can apply for a $2,000 award each year. Applicants must be attending or expecting to attend a Florida college or university OR be a graduate or prospective graduate of a Florida high school who is attending or expecting to attend a college inside or outside of Florida. Applicants must be either graduating high school seniors (class of 2015-2016) or full-time college students working toward an undergraduate degree. Applicants don’t have to be majoring in journalism but they must have an expressed interest in a career in journalism.

A $2,000 award granted on the basis of merit, dedication to a journalism career and demonstrated aptitude for print, broadcast or online journalism. An applicant’s racial minority or financial need may be considered by the selection committee, but these are not requirements for a scholarship.

Application includes essay questions, one letter of recommendation from a teacher or professional journalist, an updated resume and three examples of your work. Applications must be e-mailed to: Download the application form and instructions here. (Dropbox login not required. Download will prompt automatically after a few seconds.)

The deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is September 15, 2015. Awards will be announced in December. Previous winners and applicants may reapply for additional support.

The scholarship fund was established by the Capital Press Club of Florida, Inc., in 1982 as a memorial to Barbara L. Frye, the Tallahassee bureau chief for United Press International for 38 years. The scholarship is aimed at improving the depth, breadth and accuracy of reporting by inspiring talented young people to pursue careers in journalism.

Fill out the application form OR copy and paste it to create your own form that includes all of the information requested. (Dropbox login not required. Download will prompt automatically after a few seconds.) The application includes two open-ended questions, one of which is an essay of 300-500 words describing your experience in journalism, what kind of journalist you aspire to be and why and how this scholarship would help. You should also include your resume and three samples of your work, either by including them in the application OR as PDF attachments. The letter of recommendation should also be attached to the application submission so that everything is received in a single email.