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James Alan Cox Student Photography Scholarships


Scholarship Value: $2,500
Awards Available: 11
Award Deadline: November 15, 2020

High school students applying for these scholarships must have completed one year at an accredited high school (student must therefore be a sophomore or older) and should have taken at least one photography or related art class.

College or technical school students applying for these scholarships must have completed one year at a recognized college, university or professional school (student must therefore be a sophomore or older), and have taken courses in photography or photojournalism.

Graduate students applying for a scholarship should be enrolled in a journalism or photojournalism program.

High school, college and graduate students should have at least one semester remaining at time of award.

Type of Awards:

Five (5) Digital Cameras will be awarded to five (5) high school students. (High school applicants should only submit still photographs. The video awards are for college and graduate students only.)

Five (5) $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to five (5) college or technical school students, payable to their school. Four awards will be for video work while one will be for still photography.

Starting in 2013, one (1) $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to one (1) graduate student, payable to their school, for video work.

Focus of work and entries: PHOTOJOURNALISM. Scholarships will be awarded to those students whose videos or photographs "tell a story". This is a fairly broad topic and may include a variety of subject matter and approaches (breaking news, sporting events, etc.) In terms of still photography, the five images you submit may be in the form of stand-alone images or a sequence of images.

Please keep in mind that we are not looking for "art" photography. Again, we are looking for photojournalism - or "stories." Your towns and cities are filled with them: families greeting soldiers returning from war zones, doctors and nurses saving lives, church members helping others while on mission trips, 4th of July and Memorial Day parades with veterans of wars past, fire fighters and policemen performing heroically, heart-warming rescues of family pets, a young person helping an older person cross a street, a resident returning to a home that had been severely damaged by a natural disaster. Human-interest stories told in photographs can be understood without the need for words. How does the image make you feel? Is there humor in the pictures? Is there movement? We are asking you to do a lot with this application - write an essay and send us your transcript and recommendations - so please don't ruin your chances of being considered by submitting pictures taken of flowers, glamour shots or kittens - no matter how adorable they may be. Good luck!

Important Notes:

A) All submissions must be via the internet. We will not accept applications by mail.

B) Label all files that will be submitted/e-mailed with the applicant's name.

C) The applicant must be a United States citizen.

D) The applicant's school must be in the United States.

E) The scholarship award must be used at the beginning of the next semester.

F) Otherwise it will be forfeited and given to an alternate.

G) A student may only receive one James Alan Cox Foundation scholarship in a given year.

Note: Parental approval is required for students under 18. Please see accompanying form.


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