National Press Photographers Foundation

Scholarship applications are open now.

We offer 11 $2,000 scholarships.

Who is eligible?

  • You must be studying at a four-year college or university in the United States. Foreign students are eligible.
  • Graduate students are eligible.
  • You must be enrolled for the spring semester of 2023
  • Students in two-year programs may apply only if they are enrolled in a fall semester 2023 four-year program

The deadline for entries is midnight eastern time, December 19, 2022.

Awards will be announced during the 2023 spring semester.

Scholarship recipients will receive $2.000 plus a bonus news-gathering equipment.

Student Group Teleconference

Student groups are welcome to set up a teleconference with Dr. Martin Smith-Rodden, director of scholarships at NPPF, to confer on portfolio development and to answer any questions on the application procedure. Contact him to set up a meeting at (please put “NPPF Scholarships” in the subject line)

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.

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 their leadership qualities.
  • The person(s) making recommendations will enter them online.

A few short essay questions can be written ahead of time and copied and pasted into our entry form.

  • What are your primary academic and professional accomplishments?
  • What is your need for an 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 the following:

  • 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.