NPPF Scholarships, grants and awards

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NPPF scholarships are awarded to encourage those with the talent and dedication to photojournalism and who need financial help to continue their studies. These awards are directed toward those studying full-time or returning to college.

The Bob East, Reid Blackburn, Bob Baxter, Kit C. King and Jimi Lott scholarships are endowed by donations from friends, family and news organizations.

The G. Gordon Yoder TV News Workshop Grant was funded by a gift from television news pioneer and former NPPF board member G. Gordon Yoder.

NPPF provides funding for the NPPF Still and Multimedia Scholarship, the NPPF TV News Scholarship and the College Photographer of the Year International awards through donations from NPPA members.

The NPPF Booster Club, made up of Life NPPA members, has provided significant funding over the years.

The Foundation also provides support for the Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop and the Virtual Video Workshop.

NPPF Scholarships


Bob East – $2,000

Bob East was a colorful and widely known veteran photographer at The Miami Herald. He died from a surgical accident in 1985, after more than 45 years in the profession. NPPA’s national secretary; he mentored many interns.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students.


Bob Baxter – $2,000

Named for a New Jersey photographer who was paralyzed in a swimming accident but continued to pursue photojournalism education. Baxter set up this scholarship before his death.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students.


Reid Blackburn – $2,000

Established by The Columbian newspaper of Vancouver, Wash., where Reid Blackburn, 27, was a photographer until his death. He died in 1980 while on assignment covering the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.

Open only to undergraduate students.


Kit C. King – $2,000

Kit C. King was the Chief Photographer at The Spokesman-Review and Spokane Chronicle. He died in a fishing accident in the Snake River in 1991.

Open only to graduate students.


Jimi Lott – $2,000

Jimi Lott, a Seattle Times photographer for over 20 years, was known for his keen eye, his compassion, and boundless energy. His work focused on the less fortunate in the community including the homeless and the mentally ill. He died in 2005 at age 52.

Open only to undergraduate students.


NPPF Still and Multimedia – $2,000

NPPA members provide support for this scholarship, especially members of the NPPF Booster Club made up of NPPA life members. The scholarship is for photojournalism students concentrating on still and multimedia.

Open only to undergraduate students.


NPPF Television scholarships


NPPF TV News – $2,000

NPPA members provide support for this scholarship, especially members of the NPPF Booster Club made up of NPPA life members. The scholarship is for television photojournalism students.

Open only to undergraduate students.


Yoder TV NewsVideo Workshop – $1,000

NPPA Sprague Award winner G. Gordon Yoder was a combat correspondent-photographer in Korea, a network photojournalist covering news including the civil rights movement in 1950’s – 1960’s. He designed and manufactured the innovative 16mm Yoder Sound Camera — the standard for TV stations and networks.

This scholarship is open to working TV photojournalists wishing to attend the NPPA TV NewsVideo Workshop. Candidates must have at least one year full-time employment at a TV station, network or cable news operation.


College Photographer of the Year International

This competition, conducted by Kappa Alpha Mu and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, recognizes work by students currently pursuing a degree. The NPPF Booster Club provides the $1,000 Col. William Lookadoo award and the $500 Milton Freier award.

For rules and entry information for College Photographer of the Year International only:
Rita Reed
CPOY Director
School of Journalism
University of Missouri
109 Lee Hills Hall
Columbia, MO, 65211
reedri@missouri.edu