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Les Payne Founder's Scholarship


2018 Les Payne Founder’s Scholarship


Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, is also a NABJ founder and served as the organization’s board president from 1981 – 1983.  For more than three decades, Payne built a remarkable career at Newsday having served as an associate editor, local and national reporter, foreign correspondent and columnist. He is well-known for his courage to speak out against racism and injustices in America and around the world.


In 2017, The Deadline Club, the NYC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, inducted Les Payne into its Hall of Fame.



Essay topic (800 to 1000 words):  "As a journalist, Les Payne is passionate about speaking out against injustices, what are three issues you are passionate about and hope to cover as a professional journalist?"


College Students must:

  • Be a current NABJ member;
  • Be a student who is currently enrolled full-time at an accredited college/university in the U.S.;
  • Major in journalism with a concentration in print, and career aspirations of being a print journalist; and must,
  • Meet the cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher requirement verified on an official transcript;
  • Have at least one year of school remaining at the time of the application submission;
  • Submit a resume and a one-page cover letter;
  • Submit five writing and/or work samples (e.g., articles, video clips, photos, or personal website); and,
  • Provide three references.


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


Application Deadline: April 16, 2018



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