2021 Scholarship applications open October 1, 2020

We offer 12 $2,000 scholarships and details of those scholarships are here.

Who is eligible?

  • You must be studying at a four-year or college or university in the United States. Foreign students are eligible.
  • Graduate students are eligible
  • You must be enrolled for the spring semester 2021
  • Students in two-year programs may apply only if they are enrolled in a fall semesterl 2021 four-year program

Deadline for entries is midnight eastern time, December 1, 2020

Awards will be announced during the 2021 spring semester.

Sponsors – We are pleased to have corporate sponsors for our scholarships.

Scholarship recipients will receive $2.000 plus a bonus news gathering kit that includes:

  • Digital camera from Sony Corp. or Fujifilm North America Corp.
  • Microphone from Saramonic
  • Camera bag from ThinkTank
  • On-camera light from Litra

Student Group Teleconference

Student groups may set up a teleconference with Dr. James Brown, director of scholarships and awards, to confer on portfolio development and to answer any questions on the application procedure. Dr. Brown can set up a Zoom meeting or respond to Skype or other technology teleconferencing methods. Set up at meeting with him at jwbrown@nppf.org.

NPPF Scholarship Application

NPPF scholarships are awarded to encourage those with the talent and dedication to photojournalism and who need financial help to continue their studies. 

Entries can be edited online during up to the Dec. 1, 2020, deadline

We have panels of top professionals to judge each category: still scholarships,  TV Scholarship, Clarkson Scholarship.

Preparing to apply

A recommendation is required from a professor familiar with the student’s work.
  • Get: Professor’s name, email address and telephone number.
  • Applicants for the Clarkson Scholarship need a second recommendation from a non-academic person familiar with your leadership qualities.
  • The person(s) making recommendations will enter them online.

There are a few short essay questions that can be written ahead of time and copied and pasted into our entry form.

  • What are your major academic and professional accomplishments?
  • What is your need for a NPPF scholarship?
  • What are your career goals following graduation?

For the Clarkson Scholarship an additional essay is required.

  • Describe your leadership skills and experiences.

Additionally you will need:

  • Your overall Grade Point Average and points system (such as 2.8 on a 4-point system) are necessary. Check your registrar’s semester grade notice or your transcript.
  • Links – Videos and multimedia must be directly linked on the Internet.  YouTube, Vimeo, a news website or a personal website are fine.

Image Preparation

Click this link to read the image preparation requirements carefully. Images that do not meet these specifications will be rejected by our online portfolio system.

General Portfolio Submission Instructions

Your portfolio should should show your storytelling ability.

A portfolio consists three categories: Single Pictures, Picture Stories and Multimedia video links. How you use those categories is flexible.

The maximum number of entries is 10.

  • The Single picture category counts as one entry and may contain up to 10 pictures.
  • Individual picture stories each count as one entry (up to 10 pictures per story).
  • Individual video/multimedia links count as one entry.
  • You do not need 10 entries; that is the maximum.
  • Your portfolio does not have to use all three categories.

Examples:

  • Singles (up to 10), 5 picture stories, 4 multimedia links
  • 10 picture stories
  • 10 video/multimedia links (direct links to YouTube or Vimeo. No ads.)
  • Singles (up to 10), 4 video/multimedia links, 1 picture story (This is six entries; you do not have have the maximum of 10)

Video entries are links that go directly to videos preferably on YouTube or Vimeo. Judges encourage students to include at least one video/multimedia story in their portfolios.

All photographs must have captions.Photoshop, Lightroom PhotoMechanic and other image editing software may be used for captioning before uploading. Captions entered or edited in the Portfolio system after uploading.

Editing your Application and Portfolio
Your portfolio and all contents may be edited up to the application deadline. Items may be added and deleted. Once you create a Picture Story, you may edit the story and drag and drop to rearrange the order of the pictures.

Important for Allowing Faculty time to write a meaningful reference
It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you start your portfolio as soon as possible.

  • Create your portfolio by clicking “Apply for Scholarship” on the application page.
  • Add faculty reference.
  • An automatic email to the faculty member with a link to submit a reference for you.
  • Do this well before the application deadline so that the faculty member has time to write the reference for you.
  • Check with your faculty reference to make sure this email did not go to a junk mail folder.

You may copy and paste copy from documents previously written in other software such as Word in the appropriate open-ended fields.

There is a Help menu item for your questions.

  1. Create an application. A confirmation email will be sent to you. It may take several minutes to arrive. Be sure to check your junk mail folder too.
  2. Accept the default title and create your portfolio.
  3. Click the link “Apply for Scholarships” and fill out the form and save it. Faculty information is very important. The form may be edited. If you are applying for the Clarkson scholarship, one additional non-faculty recommendation referring to your leadership ability is required.
  4. Continue to develop your portfolio, and edit it, until the deadline.

Image Permission

This is an educational website and we post winning portfolios here so that other students may learn from them. Applying for our scholarships gives NPPF permission to post your portfolio on our website and use your pictures on our social media platforms to promote our scholarship program. You retain copyright to all your images.

Check “Junk” Mail

When you create an account in our online portfolio system you will be sent an email for confirmation. This email may arrive in your junk mail folder so, after a few minutes, please check there. Likewise, please advise the person named as your reference in your online application to check in his/her junk mail folder for the link to create your reference.

Deadline for entries is midnight eastern time, December 1, 2020.

Entries are closed until next fall.