Scribes Scholarship

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Deadline: February 15, 2017
See Guidelines and Application Form (PDF)

The Bess W. Scott Scribes Scholarship was established in 2000 to honor Bess Whitehead Scott, a pioneer Texas journalist and writer who died at age 107. She had a long career as a newspaper reporter and editor, publicist, teacher, ad agency manager and magazine writer. The $1,500 award is granted annually to an individual age 40 or over pursuing study or a degree in journalism, writing or a related field. The scholarship program is intended to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of individuals either employed or making career transitions in these areas.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Current resident of the State of Texas.
  2. Demonstrate interest in pursuing study toward degree or career advancement in journalism, writing or a related field.
  3. Age 40 or over on day, month and year of application deadline.
  4. Demonstrate financial need

Fields of Study

  1. Journalism/Mass Communication
  2. Creative writing
  3. English composition/writing skills
  4. Public relations/advertising
  5. Accredited course work for professional development/career advancement in journalism/writing/related field, including Internet-based activities.

Use of Scholarship

Work toward accredited college/university degree, continuing education, writing residencies/internships, college/university accredited online or liberal studies programs not requiring on-site attendance. Winner may use the award in stages for classes, seminars, workshops, etc., so long as all funds are expended within 24 months of the Committee’s selection of Scribes recipient.

Application form (PDF) MUST be printed. The completed application form—with attachments—should be postmarked no later than February 15 to be considered for funding beginning with the summer or fall semester of that calendar year.

Send applications to:
Austin Community Foundation
ATTN: Scott Scribes Scholarship
4315 Guadalupe, Suite 300
Austin, Texas 78751

For more information about the scholarships, contact Jorjanna Price at or 512.444.4950.

All applicants will be notified of the results.