Now in its 27th year, AAJA Voices is a student program that provides aspiring journalists with career-ready skills to succeed in the continually-evolving media landscape. By nurturing relationships between students and professional volunteers, Voices also gives students the opportunity to tap into mentors’ networks and begin their own while also providing AAJA journalists leadership and management opportunities. 

Scholarships & grants for young journalists

Scholarships & grants for young journalists

BY GWENDOLYN WU & SALGU WISSMATH

While the deadlines to apply for AAJA’s scholarships have passed, there are still many financial aid opportunities for enterprising student journalists. AAJA Voices has compiled a short list of scholarships and grants still accepting applications before the end of 2018.

Scholarships

James Alan Cox Scholarship: Student photographers looking to offset the cost of college can apply for this scholarship for excellence in photojournalism. The scholarship also awards digital cameras to high school students. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is November 15.

Bill Walsh/ACES Scholarship: Copy editors are crucial to ensuring the accuracy and integrity of journalism, and ACES wants to put funding (ranging from $1,500 to $2,500) in the hands of several students who will do that for years to come. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is November 15.

William B. Ruggles Journalism Scholarship: With union pushes at major news outlets like the LA Times and New Yorker, young reporters are often asked to understand if and when organizing is right for a newsroom. Beginning in October, student journalists can apply for this $2,000 scholarship. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is December 31.

The Lucie Foundation Scholarship Program: With three scholarships available for artists, “emerging” (student, early career, or hobbyist)  photographers can win up to $2,500 in funding to create an original visual project. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is July 30.

A Photo a Day Grant: Visual storytellers need not be confined to a major metropolitan to receive money for their work. A Photo a Day awards a $4,000 grant to a journalist who can create a compelling story within 500 miles of their home. The deadline to apply for this grant is August 5.

A sneak peek of this year’s Voices projects

A sneak peek of this year’s Voices projects