The Lee Thornton Scholarship was named after Thornton, who was the first African-American woman to cover the White House for a major news network (CBS) and the first African-American host of All Things Considered on National Public Radio.
She taught at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Her mission was to support young people interested in this field and she devoted most of her life to it.
The winner of the Lee Thornton Scholarship will receive $2,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.
The applications are accepted until January 17th and late application forms will not be taken into consideration.
People interested in applying should get familiar with the important dates, related to the beginning and the end of the application process.
The first thing you should have in mind prior to applying for this award is whether or not you are eligible for it.
So as to be accepted as a possible winner, you need to be a sophomore, junior or senior at the time the scholarship is awarded, pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism.
If you happen to be a winner, you must be officially enrolled, a full-time undergraduate student in good standing.
Past RTDNF scholarship winners are not eligible to apply again.
Students who are attending the University of Maryland and Howard University will be given preference.
How to Apply
People interested in applying for this amazing award are required to submit some documents determined by the scholarship committee.
Besides the completed online application form in which you are supposed to provide your contact information, experience and URL links to 3-5 work samples such as television/radio or online news pieces, you need to upload the supplemental materials as well.
Applicants must provide a cover letter in which they will speak about their current and past journalism experience and what their plans are if they get the award.
Plus, they should discuss your choice to pursue a career in journalism.
Additionally, you need to submit your resume and a letter of recommendation written by a professor, advisor, or supervisor and addressed to the RTDNF Scholarship Committee.