SPJ Chapter memorializes Mike Farrell with its annual scholarship

Mike Farrell

The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is now taking applications for its annual scholarship, named this year in memory of journalist and journalism educator Mike Farrell. The chapter will award at least one $1,000 scholarship to a college journalism student from Kentucky or attending a Kentucky institution. For more information, and to apply online, go to: Application and Information on Mike Farrell Scholarship

The application is at the bottom of that link.

Mike Farrell Memorial Journalism Scholarship Application Form
The Bluegrass Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has created an opportunity for students to pursue career goals in journalism by awarding at least one $1,000 annual scholarship.
This year’s scholarship will be given in memory of Mike Farrell, 67, a longtime journalist and journalism educator who died in August 2019. James Michael Farrell, a Covington native, was managing editor of the Kentucky Post and then a professor at the University of Kentucky School of Journalism, where he also was director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center. He was a founder and board member of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism, established in late 2013, which publishes KyForward.com and NKyTribune.com. Farrell was an active member and former officer of the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalist.

Selection Criteria:

• Scholarships will be awarded to students whose work in and out of the classroom indicates a strong commitment to becoming professional print, broadcast or online journalists.
• Students who contribute time and talents to campus publications and broadcast stations will receive added consideration. Media internships will also be considered as measures of professional promise.
• Students who live and/or attend school in the Central and Eastern Kentucky regions, the areas served by Bluegrass SPJ, will receive added consideration.
• Students whose extracurricular activities indicate a commitment to the local community and profession will receive added consideration. Active participation in a student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is a plus.

The scholarships are renewable each year as long as the student remains qualified. However, the student must reapply each year and compete along with other applicants.

Applications for these scholarships will be judged by a selection committee determined by the Bluegrass Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The application form is below. It must be completed and submitted along with the required submissions listed below.

• Must be a Kentucky resident and/or attend a Kentucky higher education institution.
• Must have completed three semesters of post-secondary education as a full-time student.
• Must be in good academic standing and enrolled full time at a college or university.

Required Submissions:
• Completed application form.
• Attach a one-page, single-spaced letter summarizing your reasons for pursuing a journalism career.
• An up-to-date official college transcript.
• Three to five examples of your journalistic work such as newspaper/magazine clips, tapes, scripts, photos, graphics, layouts or editing.
• Letters of recommendation from two faculty members or journalism professionals who have direct knowledge of your work.

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Questions? Any questions regarding scholarship applications should be directed to Liz Hansen at (859) 608-7681, or at spjliz@gmail.com

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