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Ohio Newspapers Foundation ONWA Annual Scholarship

The Ohio Newspapers Foundation will award a $2,000 scholarship to a student currently enrolled as a junior or senior in an Ohio college or university and majoring in field relevant to our industry, particularly in journalism, advertising, marketing, or communications degree program.

Organized in 1902, the Ohio Newspaper Women’s Association worked for women’s equality in a largely male-dominated business, to ensure they were not relegated to covering what was then known as "women’s" news: subjects pertaining to home, family or social events. Notable members of ONWA included Millie Benson on the Toledo Blade, known to the world as Carolyn Keene, author of the Nancy Drew mystery series. The ONWA scholarship fund was transferred to the Ohio Newspapers Foundation in 2004 when ONWA disbanded.

-Applicant must be male or female and must be enrolled as a junior or senior at an Ohio college or university for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Include the following with your application:
-A recommendation from one college professor (non-journalism) and one college professor in the journalism or communications department.
-A transcript of college grades.
-Three or four newspaper clipping or other relevant work samples demonstrating applicant’s skills.
-Applicant’s answers to the following questions (limit of two typed, double-spaced pages per question):
1. Who or what was your inspiration to get involved in the field of journalism, advertising, marketing or communications field and why did you select your chosen field as your area of interest?
2. Why do you need a scholarship? What do you think qualifies you for a scholarship?
3. What do you hope to accomplish during your career as a newspaper professional?

Submission of Application:

Submit the application and all other material required to Ohio Newspapers Foundation University Journalism Scholarship, 1335 Dublin Road, Suite 216-B, Columbus, Ohio 43215. OR submit your completed application and attachments in PDF format to


Notification and Payment

The scholarship winner will be announced on or around May 15, 2018. The scholarship check will be mailed during the summer of 2017 following verification of college enrollment.

For additional information:

Contact the Ohio Newspapers Foundation, 1335 Dublin Road, Suite 216-B, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Telephone number 614-486-6677, extension 1010.

Application forms can be found in the journalism office in Schoonover Center or at

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