GPEF annually awards scholarships to Georgia residents attending Georgia colleges and universities who are pursuing a career in the field of print journalism. Financial need, career plans, grades, interviews, journalism experience at school publications and recommendations of advisers, principals, teachers, counselors or Georgia Press Association members are all factors in the scholarship award process.
To be eligible for a scholarship:
A) Parents of applicants must be legal residents of Georgia for two years or applicant must be a resident of the state for three years.
B) Scholarship recipients must attend a Georgia college or university.
C) Individual need must be established. Family income is among those factors considered.
D) A prior interest in newspaper journalism must be established.
E) Applicant should be recommended by a high school counselor, principal, college professor and/or Georgia Press Association member.
F) Application may be made during senior year in high school or at any undergraduate college level.
G) Scholarship applications are applied to the current academic year. All applications must be resubmitted for consideration for the next year.
H) Possible personal consideration could offset or augment any of the above.
Students may be awarded one of the following honor scholarships or a GPEF scholarship:
1) Otis A. Brumby II Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded annually to a college junior or senior majoring in print journalism. Priority will be given to applicants from Cobb County. The Brumby Community Scholarship is named in honor of Otis A. Brumby, Jr., longtime publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal, Neighbor Newspapers and Cherokee Tribune. He is a past president of the Georgia Press Association and frequent winner of GPA and AP Freedom of Information Awards. He is also the first recipient of the David E. Hudson Open Government Award. Apply using GPEF scholarship form.
2) Durwood McAlister Scholarship: Established in 1992 by The Atlanta Journal, this scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student majoring in print journalism at a Georgia college or university. The McAlister Scholarship is named in honor of Durwood McAlister, former editor of The Atlanta Journal. Apply using GPEF scholarship application form.
3) Morris Newspaper Corp. Scholarship: Established in 1987 by Charles Morris, Morris Newspaper Corp., Savannah, this scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding print journalism student. Applications can be submitted through newspapers in the Morris Newspaper Corporation family and recipients are named by the GPEF Board of Trustees. Students may also apply using a GPEF scholarship form.
4) William C. Rogers Scholarship: This scholarship was established in memory of William Curran Rogers Sr., who was editor and publisher of the Swainsboro Forest-Blade for more than 30 years. During his career, he served as president of Georgia Press Association, president of National Newspaper Association and president of National Newspaper Representatives. The William C. Rogers Scholarship granted by the Georgia Press Educational Foundation to students of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia was established in his honor.