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JEA Journalist of the Year Scholarship Application

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This application should only be completed after a student has been named a state winner in the Journalist of the Year competition. While deadlines vary to enter the state competitions, the deadline for state winners to apply for the national award is 11:59 p.m. Central, March 15.
1. Name of Person Submitting Form *This question is required.
I am the
2. Student Information *This question is required.
For example, the name Raul Gonzalez might have the phonetic spelling "rah-OOL gon-SAH-les"
This question requires a valid email address.
3. School Information *This question is required.
Is adviser JEA certified?
4. Other Information *This question is required.
Links to student portfolios will be listed on jea.org after the contest has concluded.
6. Please upload the student's high school transcript or a counselor’s statement including journalism classes taken, grades and current GPA. *This question is required.(PDF file; maximum of one file accepted; file must be 2MB or less)
7.
Please upload two photos following these instructions
  • A head-and-shoulders photo of the applicant (such as a yearbook portrait). 
  • An action photo of applicant involved in some aspect of student media. The applicant's face should be showing. 
  • Include the following in the Comments section below: an extended caption, using the 5 Ws and H, something the reader wouldn't know by looking at the photo and a quote from the applicant. Here is an example of the format:
Wisconsin state winner Mary Ellen Ritter works diligently, editing yearbook spreads on a late Wednesday night. Ritter had been leading the Brookfield Central High School Legend staff for the second consecutive year. "I love working on the yearbook," Ritter said. "Every time I design a spread or write a feature, I get so happy because I know I am that much closer to achieving my lifelong goal of becoming a journalist. Ritter is advised by Thomas Juran. 
 
  • Also, don't forget to give photo credit to your action photo.
  • JPG file accepted; high-resolution photo with the image width at 1,000 pixels. 
  • In your file name, include the applicant's name and state. Example: Joe_Journalist_KS_action.jpg; Joe_Journalist_KS-headshot.jpg
*This question is required.
8. Please upload three letters of recommendation from those who know the applicant well and understand the impact of the journalistic experience on the student’s life. *This question is required.(PDF files accepted; files must each be less than 2MB)
9. Please upload the student's current resume, including all positions held in student media and their dates. *This question is required.(PDF file accepted; file must be less than 2MB)
10. Please upload the student's self-analytical essay. Essay should not exceed two pages in length. *This question is required.(PDF file accepted; file must be less than 2MB)
11. JEA would like to recognize all state winners on its social media accounts. Has this entrant's name already been announced? *This question is required.
12. State winners will be recognized at the Thursday awards ceremony at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention. Will the student and/or someone from the media program be in attendance?
13. The National Journalist of the Year winner will be recognized at the Saturday awards ceremony at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention. Will the student and/or someone from the media program be in attendance?
14. All state winners are invited to a luncheon meet and greet Friday at noon. Will the student winner be in attendance?
15. Please sign this form, verifying that the information submitted is accurate to the best of your knowledge, and that the portfolio represented is indeed the student's original work. *This question is required.
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