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Scholarships in Photo Journalism

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Bodie McDowell Scholarship - The Outdoor Writers Association of America — an organization that seeks to improve the skills of professional communicators who work in the great outdoors — offers the Bodie McDowell Scholarship.  This scholarship is available to undergraduate students studying print, photography, film, art, or broadcasting. You can win anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 if you demonstrate “clear, significant goals in outdoor communications.” Applications are now closed but will open back up in December.

Janie Moore Greene Scholarship Grant - Offered by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), the Janie Moore Greene Scholarship Grant awards $1,000 to photography students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Students are eligible if they attend two-year or four-year colleges, art/design schools, or photography schools. Although the scholarship doesn’t say your work should be focused on nature, it can be assumed that it will make a difference in receiving this award. The application period generally closes in the middle of fall.

National Press Photographers Foundation Scholarships - The National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF) has six photography scholarships. Luckily, you only have to apply once to become eligible for them all. These six awards are specifically focused on photojournalism. And they all award $2,000 to students who demonstrate talent and financial need:

The Bob East Photojournalism Scholarship
The Reid Blackburn Memorial Award
The Bob Baxter Scholarship
The Kit C. King Scholarship (graduate students only)
The Rich Clarkson Founders Scholarship (can be won in addition to one of the scholarships above)

The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists - Another scholarship focused on photojournalists, applications for the James Alan Cox Foundation photography scholarship are due each November. This scholarship is available to high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students alike. All applicants need to have at least one semester of school left to receive the award.

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship - The Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship was designed to help minority and economically disadvantaged students pursue a degree in art or design. To win, you should not just show talent and financial need, but also have a plan to give back to your community through your work. Majors in photography (as well as other artistic disciplines) can win up to $5,000 for school. Here’s the breakdown of awards:

Lucie Scholarship Program - The Lucie Scholarship Program doesn’t offer money for college, but it does award money to help you pursue your work. There are three different awards in this program:

Photo Made: $1,000 Emerging Scholarship awarded for a fine arts approach to a new or ongoing project.
Photo Taken: $1,000 Emerging Scholarship awarded for a new or ongoing project with a documentary or photojournalism angle.
$2,500 Emerging Artist Scholarship awarded for any genre of photography in the creation of a new or ongoing “dynamic” project.

The Betty Harlan Memorial Arts Scholarship: For visual arts majors in Northern Illinois.

F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship: Arts scholarships, including photography, that place an emphasis on residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Iowa Scholarships for the Arts: For fine arts majors in Iowa.

Ivan Burnham Scholarships: For students attending the New England Institute of Professional Photography.

Portfolio Awards in General Art or Photography: For students attending the Pratt Institute.

Support Creativity Scholarships: For students in New York City and the surrounding tri-state area studying photography or other arts and design disciplines.

Tenfold Initiative Scholarship: For Central Ohio residents studying art or design.

Yellow Dog Studio Memorial Scholarship: For future photography majors graduating from a high school in the Great Lakes Bay Region in Michigan.

Against the Grain Products Artistic Scholarship: For art students of at least 50 percent Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity.

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship: For black students studying visual arts.

Formation Scholarship: For women studying creative arts — see participating schools to apply.

Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF): Various scholarships for Hispanic students of the arts living in Orange County, California.

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