Native American Journalist Association (NAJA) Scholarships
2010 NAJA Scholarship
Applications must be received by April 2, 2010.
Each year NAJA offers scholarships ranging from $500-$5,000 to Native American students pursuing journalism degrees at a higher learning institution. To apply, students must be current paid members.
Annual memberships cost $15 for high school students and $25 for college students.
Requirements for Application:
- Cover letter stating financial need, area of interest (print, broadcast, photojournalism, new media or journalism education) and reasons for pursuing a career in journalism.
- A brief description of courses taken and grade level (college students only); as well as your anticipated term of graduation (for example Fall ’10).
- One copy of your FAFSA report. All applicants must file a FAFSA report regardless of income status.
- Other financial reports citing miscellaneous income not listed on the FAFSA report.
- An official school transcript (college or high school – transcripts must be sent to the NAJA office directly from the high school or college/university. The transcripts must be in a sealed envelope.). Include a mid-semester report for Spring 2010.
- Two letters of recommendation from people familiar with your professional or academic work, such as editors, producers, teachers/professors, academic advisors, etc.
- Work samples or Portfolio (magazines or newspaper clips, tapes, etc.) or other samples of your work, such as class essays.
- Proof of enrollment in a federally- or state-recognized tribe. If not enrolled, please provide the following with your application: Letter from a tribal official on tribal letterhead stating the applicant’s status or relationship with the federally-recognized or state-recognized tribe.
- Scholarship Financial Profile
You must be a NAJA member to apply for scholarships. Sign up for membership on our membership page.
Application deadline: April 2nd, 2010.
No late or incomplete applications will be accepted (Free Applications for Federal Student Aid or FAFSAs take several weeks to process. Your or your parents’ tax statements will be needed before filling out a FASFA, so it’s best to file taxes early in the year).
Winners to be announced: July 1st, 2010.
All forms and application materials must be submitted for your application to be considered.
For questions or inquiries about scholarships or other student-related programs, please contact NAJA national office at 405-325-9008 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAJA would like to thank the following companies and organizations and individuals for their
generous contributions to our scholarship fund: CNN, The James M. Cox Foundation, Mark Trahant, Shirley LaCourse, Dan Little field, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and all those who donate and buy items during the annual silent auction at the convention.
Mellissa Beard (Salt Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), Wayne State University- Detroit
Victoria Caswell (Lummi), Marquette University
Tetona Dunlap (Eastern Shoshone), University of Montana
Charliss Edsitty (Navajo), Baylor University
Josie Green (Oglala Lakota), Minnesota State University Moorhead
Annie Greenberg (Eskimo), University of Missouri-Columbia
Lee Longhorn (Absentee Shawnee/Creek/Seminole), University of Oklahoma
Ramona Marozas (Bad River Chippewa), St. Cloud State University (MN)
Andrea Murphy (Navajo), New Mexico State University
Sara Norton (Chickasaw), University of Oklahoma
Ann-Marie Taylor (Choctaw), University of Oklahoma