The deadline for the 2023 Scholarship Application is December 5, 2022. Notification of scholarship awards will be sent out by December 12, 2022 via email.
There are a limited number of partial, need-based scholarships available for qualified students. Scholarship applicants must submit a High School transcript, must demonstrate financial need, and all applicants will be required to submit a copy of the most recent 1040 Federal Income Tax Form from the individual who claimed them as a dependent. Scholarship amounts are $1000, $1400, $1700, and $2,000 and are applied as partial tuition waivers. No full scholarships are available for the conference.
Students wishing to apply for scholarships should upload the following information by using our online form below:
If you cannot upload the information for any reason, please contact us at (703) 993-5010.
*Federal income tax return, Form 1040, filed by the individual by whom the student was claimed as a dependent. Please obscure or remove any Social Security Numbers.”
We are pleased to announce several special scholarship awards in honor of long-time WJMC friends and supporters. Each special scholarship comes with an additional $300, and the opportunity to be presented the award as a part of the WJMC program. Students who are interested in these scholarship opportunities should submit an additional essay as a part of their scholarship application. More information is available about each scholarship below.
Brian Lamb Political Journalism Scholarship
Brian Lamb has been a speaker at WJMC since it started in 2009, and he continues to engage, inspire, and “wow” Youth Correspondents each year. The founder of C-SPAN, Brian has been a staple in the DC political journalism scene for decades. He has a passion for engaging younger generations, and his “town hall” approach to his WJMC sessions allow Correspondents to think on their feet and challenge each other as they go back and forth on hot topics. Learn more about Brian.
Beth Parker Memorial Storytelling Scholarship**
Beth Parker was a great friend to WJMC who always made time to speak to our National Youth Correspondents. Even as her work became more demanding as she went from being a reporter for Fox 5 News in D.C. to a communications leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers to the chief communications officer at the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Family Foundation (Lean In), she put people first in everything she did. Beth was a gifted communicator with a lively sense of humor and a passionate advocate for LGBTQ and women’s rights. Some career advice from Beth: “There are tons of people in the working world who can’t write. I just think that if you get that skill and hone that skill, it’s a differentiator.” Learn more about Beth.
**Available to a student from Beth’s home state of Pennsylvania who is passionate about storytelling
Carol Guzy Photojournalism Scholarship
A dear friend of WJMC, Carol Guzy is a storyteller who speaks through image. Her work has earned her four Pulitzer Prizes and numerous accolades. She moves and awes students every time she speaks and shares her experiences at WJMC, and she continues to show young people the power of photography. Learn more about Carol.