Gridiron is presented on by the Kansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and its purpose is to raise money for journalism scholarships for Kansas college students. Each year, Gridiron awards at least $7,000 worth of scholarship money.
The application deadline for 2017-18 scholarships is March 13, 2017. Details about how to apply are in the downloadable scholarship application.
General eligibility requirements: Come Fall 2017, you must be a sophomore, junior or senior (by hours) enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at an accredited college or university in Kansas. You must have and maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. You must be seriously considering a career in journalism.
Scholarships include but are not limited to:
The Michael Bates Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: Must have 3.0 GPA or better. Must have demonstrated involvement in student and/or professional news media.
This scholarship honors the memory of former Associated Press journalist Mike Bates, who covered central and western Kansas and specialized in agricultural reporting. During his lengthy career, Bates covered the 1991 tornado that devastated Andover, the Karen Silkwood trial, and the six-week Wichita abortion protests in 1991. Bates was president of the Kansas Pro Chapter at the time of his death from lymphoma in 1996.
The Les Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: Must be a Wichita State student.
This scholarship honors the memory of Les Anderson, a Wichita State University journalism professor, newspaper publisher, journalist and longtime friend of Gridiron. Anderson and his wife, Nancy, founded the Ark Valley News in Valley Center in 1975. Anderson worked for five newspapers, including The Wichita Eagle and the Wichita Sun. He joined the WSU faculty in 1977 and was a longtime member of the SPJ Kansas board of directors and scholarship committee. He was a fierce advocate for his students and respected as a great journalist and a great man. Anderson died of a heart attack in November 2011 at age 62.
The Kansas Sunshine Coalition Scholarship
Eligibility: Must be a committed print or broadcast journalism major, or have a demonstrated special interest in open government issues.
This scholarship is funded by the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, which works with news organizations, public officials and the public to foster openness in government.
The Martin Umansky Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: Must plan a career in TV, radio or alternative media.
This scholarship honors the memory of Martin Umansky, the pioneering general manager of KAKE-TV in Wichita in the 1950s and ’60s, and founder of the Wichita Sun alternative newspaper. He was a former Kansas Pro Chapter president and a coordinator of Wichita’s first Gridiron show in 1968. He died in 2000 at the age of 83, following a long illness.
The SPJ Minority Student Scholarship
Eligibility: Must be member of a racial or ethnic minority group.
The Big Fish in a Small Pond Scholarship
Eligibility: Must not be a current KU, KSU or WSU student, although you may transfer there for Fall 2017.
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