The Larry Whiteside Scholarship offers an undergraduate or graduate student the opportunity to attend 2017 NABJ Convention and Career Fair. The scholarship winner will receive an award of $5,000 covering the trip to the 2017 NABJ Convention & Career Fair in New Orleans, LA. Registration, lodging, a round-trip flight and a meals stipend will be provided. He/She will be acknowledged during the Sports Task Force events and required to write a post-convention account of the experience.
Specific Application Requirements:
- Must major in journalism with an interest in pursuing a career in sports journalism
- Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with at least one year left in school.
- G.P.A. requirement: 2.5 or higher in journalism major and at least a 2.0 cumulative
- Essay topic: “Write a profile essay on a sports journalist (alive or deceased) you admire and explain why this person has inspired you to pursue a career in sports journalism.” (1,000 – 2,000 words)
General Application Requirements:
- Resume, cover letter, official college transcript, five work samples and three references.
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Larry Whiteside, a pioneer in the field of sports journalism, was the first African-American beat sports writer for The Boston Globe. His achievements earned him many prestigious honors including induction into NABJ’s 2009 Hall of Fame (posthumous); NABJ’s 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award; induction into the 2008 National Baseball Hall of Fame (posthumous); and the 2008 J. G. Taylor Spink Award posthumously given by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Mr. Whiteside passed away in 2007 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. NABJ’s Sports Task Force established this scholarship in Mr. Whiteside’s honor to provide financial assistance to journalism students interested in sport journalism.