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Applying to be a Chips Quinn Scholar

Scholars are accepted into the program by nomination from journalism faculty and campus media advisers, editors of newspapers or leaders of minority journalism associations. Students also may apply directly to the program, with letters of endorsement from editors or educators. College juniors, seniors or graduates with journalism majors or career goals in newspapers are eligible.

Nominees must complete an application and submit

  1. resume
  2. transcripts (unofficial)
  3. work samples
  4. two letters of recommendation
  5. a color headshot photo
  6. an essay (of no more than two type-written pages) stating why they want to be a journalist

to: Karen Catone
Chips Quinn Scholars Program
Freedom Forum
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 292-6271

All nominees must have a valid driver's license and a car with insurance during their internship.

Program timetable

Spring program
Nomination deadline is Oct. 1 (postmarked). Orientation will be in mid-January, followed by a 10- to 12-week paid internship. Attendance at orientation is mandatory.

Summer program
Nomination deadline is Oct. 1 (postmarked). Placement notifications begin as early as mid-December and continue through the end of April. Orientation will be in mid-May, followed by a 10- to 12-week paid internship.

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

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ONLINE Chips Quinn Scholars Application Form.

If you have questions, contact Director Karen Catone at 202-292-6271.


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