If you are Gay, a Lesbian, or a Bisexual student, you are actually considered a minority, and there are LGBT scholarships available for you, based on your minority status. This is true for college journalism scholarships as well. There is one very important journalism scholarship for gay, lesbian, and bisexual students that you need to be aware of, and apply for.
This scholarship is offered by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, or NLGJA, at www.nlgja.org/students/aarons.htm. It is the Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award. The award amount of this journalism scholarship is $5000. The NLGJA came into existance in 1990 by Leroy F. Aarons who dedicated his life to journalism. The NLGJA is a coming together of journalist related people whose main purpose is to promote a honest unprejudiced reporting of LGBT issues in todays world. They strongly are against any type of working place bigotry directed towards people who are LGBT.
The NLGJA scholarships for journalism students is only available to United States Citizens, or permanent residents, and you must be Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual and committed to providing fair and accurate reporting of the LGBT Community in your journalistic future.
Additionally, you can be a high school senior planning to enroll in a journalism program, or an undergraduate or graduate student in a journalism program. You must also demonstrate a passion for journalism, as well as journalistic skills to some degree.
Aside from this important journalism scholarship for LGBT students, you should also consider the essay contest offered by the Queer Foundation, which awards the winner $1000 to put towards paying for a college education. While this is not a journalism specific scholarship, it is available for LGBT students, and should be pursued. Since the Queer scholarship is an essay contest, this is right up a journalism student’s alley – writing. You can get more information about this essay contest at www.queerfoundation.org/documents/scholarship_fund.html, and you should also check into other related essay contests as well to help fund your college education, in pursuit of a journalism career.
Don’t forget to seek out additional journalism scholarships that you may be eligible for, simply as a journalism student, as well as additional scholarships for LGBT students which are not journalism major specific.
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