By Dean Tsouvalas
Calling all journalism students! Tired of sulking over your ever-increasing tuition bill? Google and the Associated Press have come to the rescue. The AP and Google are awarding 6 students $20,000 scholarships for the best project or concept that explains how his or her strategy moves digital journalism forward. Scholarship winners also will receive a one-year Online News Association (ONA) membership and recognition at ONA’s 2012 conference in San Francisco. ONA is the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists.
According to Nilka Thomas, Google’s manager of Global Diversity and Talent Inclusion, “So many students have new ideas for news, and with the right encouragement they will become leaders showcasing what’s possible through digital journalism. We hope this program with the AP and ONA encourages innovation at the grassroots level while also furthering the opportunities available for women and minorities considering the fields of computing, technology, and journalism.”
Applicants must meet the following requirements at the time of the application:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a minimum of 18 years of age
- Be currently enrolled full time at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. (College graduates returning to school are eligible to apply and must provide an acceptance letter from graduate institution.)
- Have at least one year of full-time undergraduate or graduate study remaining
- Have minimum grade point average of 3.0
- Be at least a college sophomore at time of application
- Be available for in-person or remote interviews with selection committee if selected as a finalist
How to Apply
Applicants must submit materials by Jan. 27, 2012 (11:59 p.m. ET). For detailed application instructions visit http://ap-google.onlinenewsassociation.org/apply/.