Hey, College Students!
The deadline to apply for the NABJ-Chicago 2017-2018 scholarship is Friday, May 15th, 2017.
If you missed it, we encourage you to apply next year. Scholars are selected based on academic excellence, passion for journalism, and vision of their potential impact.
- College or university transcript w/3.0 GPA
- Professional resume
- Three original samples of work
- Three letters of reference from professors and/or employers
- 1,000-word essay
Essays should cover the following themes: Why you are interested in a journalism degree; your professional goals and view on the future of journalism; the role and function of journalists in a democratic society; responsibility and freedom of speech; and trends in traditional vs. non-traditional media. Also, discuss the impact of cultural issues and diversity on journalism, and vice versa; and a news event/experience with a major impact on you and why.
Forward application or questions to:
Scholarship Chair Maudlyne Ihejirika
2014 Scholarship Winners:
NABJ Chicago congratulates the winners of our 2014 scholarships. We had to choose from very impressive applicants from universities throughout the Midwest region. Our deep appreciation to journalism school advisors and professors at Columbia College, DePaul University, Lewis University, Northwestern University, and Roosevelt University who generously donated their time to narrow the candidates to the final three:
Taylor Shaw, 19, of the South Side Englewood neighborhood, is the winner of our $1,000 undergraduate scholarship. The broadcast student with a 3.3 GPA at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism expects to graduate Spring 2016. Taylor, who attended Chicago’s St. Ignatius College Prep, says her mother, a telecommunications technician, raised her and her siblings to work hard in the pursuit of their dreams and go the extra mile to make them a reality. As early as elementary school, an inquisitive nature led her to want to become a journalist.
While at Medill, where she has learned how to work on-camera and behind the scenes as a producer, she has worked as a video production assistant for the Chicago Tribune, and operated her own blog, www.capturinghumanity.com, that asks the question, “What does it mean to be human?” In Spring 2015, she’s headed to Johannesburg, South Africa to complete a journalism residency at a current affairs show, “Against All Odds”. She plans to attend graduate school for screenwriting, as it is Taylor’s dream to use storytelling “to help people understand that we are all human and therefore, we are all connected.”
Taryn Galbreath, Master’s graduate student, Northwestern University, GPA 3.6 ($500)
Taryn Galbreath completed her Master’s at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism in Fall 2014 , with a 3.6 GPA. Often described as a deep thinker driven to get to the heart of controversial issues, this multi-media journalist is committed to public service journalism, with a passion for stories and media that challenge people to think. A native of Evanston, she attended Evanston Township High School, and says her mother, a divorced secretary, gave her the foundation of “exposure,” as she showered her children with diverse experiences, classes, people and environments wherever she could.
Taryn completed her B.A. and an M.A. in Advertising at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying in London and Paris. After working in account management at the Chicago Sun-Times and WGN-TV, Taryn was inspired to pursue journalism. At Medill, Taryn covered health and science, politics and social justice n Chicago and Washington D.C., providing news wire service to such venues as USA Today, Military Times, FOX affiliate, and KVRR in Fargo, N.D. In May 2014, President Obama and First lady Michelle Obama presented Taryn with the Deborah Orin Scholarship at the 100th annual White House Correspondent’s Association Dinner. She says she is thankful to God, her family, mentors, Northwestern, and NABJ as she enters the next leg of her journey.
Kiratiana Freelon, Master’s degree, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, GPA 3.7 ($500)
Kiratiana Freelon completed her Master’s at City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism in December 2014, with a 3.7 GPA. Whether living in N.Y., covering the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro or jetting off to Nairobi, she says, she will always be that girl from Chicago’s South Side. Born in Fayettville, N.C., Kiratiana grew up in the Hyde Park/Kenwood neighborhoods; her late father a longtime Chicago lawyer, her mother practicing law for 30 years before becoming a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She attended Lincoln Park High, then Harvard University, where she studied Economics, wrote for the Harvard Crimson, and helped to publish a Black Guide to Life at Harvard.
After winning a Harvard fellowship to travel abroad, she triggered her lust for international reporting. She’s previously worked for the Hyde Park Herald; taught English in Paris; and spent three years promoting Chicago’s bid for the Olympic Games. She’s also travel-blogged; managed a travel website for American Airlines; and worked in digital public relations, before pursuing a degree in journalism. Spring 2015, she’ll move to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to work as an international reporter for two years, and invites others to follow her or contact her for Brazilian stories @Kiratiana or www.kiratiana.com
2013 Scholarship Winners:
NABJ Chicago congratulates the winners of our 2013 Scholarships. As always, NABJ Chicago received a terrific pool of applicants from universities throughout Chicago, its suburbs and the Midwest region. NABJ Chicago would like to thank the journalism school advisors and professors at Columbia College, DePaul University, Lewis University, Northwestern University, and Roosevelt University–all who helped vet the candidates.