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The Carole Simpson Journalism Scholardhip is intended for those who will be attend a school for journalism.

Carole Simpson is a former member of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation Board of Trustees. She established the Carole Simpson Scholarship to encourage and help minority students overcome hurdles along their career path. Carole Simpson Scholarship winners are working as reporters, producers and anchors in television and radio stations across the country.

Simpson retired from ABC News in 2006 to become Leader-in-Residence at Emerson College's School of Communications in Boston. In a career of notable firsts, in 1992 Simpson became the first woman and the first African American to moderate a presidential debate. She is completing a book on her 40 years as a pioneering African American woman in the field of journalism. Simpson is a commentator for National Public Radio and a frequent political analyst on "Larry King Live." In 1996, Simpson receive the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award in recognition of her work to protect First Amendment Freedoms.




    Must be officially enrolled in college and have at least one full academic year remaining.
    Must be a fully enrolled college sophomore or higher to receive scholarship.
    Must apply for only one scholarship.
    May be enrolled in any major so long as your intent is a career in electronic journalism.




1. A completed application form submitted online only. All applications must be submitted by May 31, 2013. Deadline extended to June 30, 2013.
2. A cover letter, submitted with the online application including these topics:


    Discuss your current and past journalism experience.
    Describe how you would use the funds if you were to receive the scholarship.
    Discuss your choice to pursue a career in electronic journalism.
    Include in your cover letter 3-5 links to your best and most relevant work samples to the scholarship for which you are applying.  Work samples should be broadcast (television/radio) or online news pieces.  Entrants are encouraged to upload their work samples to sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Sound Cloud and other platforms, then inlude links to these samples in the cover letter.  Entrants are also encouraged to provide a link to their personal website, if this is available, or social media platforms if they are used professionally.  Please discuss your role in each of the pieces (producer, editor, reporter, etc).


3. A letter of recommendation from your dean, faculty advisor or intership advisor, submitted with online application.


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