Chips Quinn Journalism Scholarship Program

The Chips Quinn Journalism Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Freedom Forum. The program offers training, mentoring, paid internships and cash awards to college students or recent graduates who are pursuing careers in the media. The aim of scholarship program is to provide special support and encouragements that will open doors to news careers and bring greater diversity to the nation’s daily newspaper newsrooms.


  • Applicant must be committed to pursuing a career in journalism
  • Applicant must be a college junior, senior or recent graduate.  (Sophomores may apply – but first consideration will be given to upper-classmen.)
  • Applicant must be able to attend the seven-day, all-expenses-paid training (in January or May) in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • In most cases, applicants must have a car for the internship

 How to Apply:

For applying the scholarship, the candidates must fill the scholarship application form. The link is:

Supporting documents:

  • A completed online application
  • A color headshot photo
  • A resume
  • A college transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • Two letters of recommendation.  Persons recommending must be familiar with the applicant’s work and personal characteristics.
  • An essay (200-400 words) on why you want to be a journalist/Chips Quinn Scholar
  • Journalistic work samples:
  1. Reporters and copy editors should submit clear photocopies of published articles on 8 ½ by 11″ single-sided paper
  2. Photographersshould provide portfolios of 15 – 25 photos on a DVD or thumb drive with images saved as jpegs. Portfolios should include captions. Do not put images into any viewing program or slideshow format.
  3. Multimedia journalists and graphic designersshould submit 6 – 10 of their work samples on a DVD or thumb drive.

Submitting Details:

Applicants must label all submitted material with full name and mail to the address below:

Newseum Institute
Chips Quinn Scholars Program
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Application Deadline:

The applications will be accepted after the Oct. 1 deadline but preference will be given to those students who are able to meet it.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

If you have any questions, please contact Program Director Karen Catone at or call 202/292-6271.

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