Les Payne Founder's Scholarship

Scholarship Description

Number of Awards Available: 1
Amount of the Award: $2,500
Student Type: Undergraduate or Graduate

Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, is also a NABJ founder and served as the organization’s president from 1981 – 1983.  For more than three decades, Mr. Payne built an illustrious career at Newsday having served as an associate editor, local and national reporter, foreign correspondent, and columnist.  He is well-known for not being afraid to speak out against racism and injustices in America and around the world.

Specific Application Requirements:

Must major in journalism with a concentration in print and career aspirations of being a print journalist
G.P.A. requirement: 3.0 or higher
Essay topic:  “As a journalist, Les Payne is passionate about speaking out against injustices, what are three (3) issues you are passionate about and hope to cover as a professional journalist?” (1,000 - 2,000 words)

General Application Requirements:

Cover Letter
Official College Transcript
Five (5) Work Samples
Three (3) References

Year of Need: College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior, 1st Year Grad, 2nd Year Grad, 3rd Year Grad,


Num Awards: 1

Min Award: Varies

Max Award: 2,500

Deadline: 2018-03-21


Sponsoring Organization National Association of Black Journalists
1100 Knight Hall, Suite 3100
College Park, MD 20742

Contact Person: Tiane Johnson, Communications Coordinator and Program Manager

Phone: 301-405-2573 / (301) 405-0248

Fax: (301) 314-1714