Scribes Scholarship

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Deadline: March 25, 2018

All scholarship applications are submitted online.

Applications accepted from February 1 to March 25, 2018.
Instructions and tips for making online submissions (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 $2,000 award (as of 2018) 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.