The Mike Reynolds Scholarship is aimed at a journalism student with good writing ability and excellent academic standing, who can prove a dedication to the news business and who has demonstrated a need for financial assistance.
The scholarship is named after Reynolds was assignment editor and then managing editor at KCCI-TV in Des Moines, IA.
Only one student pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism will be awarded a $1000 scholarship and will get an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.
Ineligible students are suggested not to waste their time applying as their applications will not be taken into consideration.
The Mike Reynolds Scholarship is designed for students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors at the time the scholarship is awarded.
Furthermore, they need to be pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism so as to be eligible for this award.
If you happen to be the lucky winners, you must be an officially enrolled, full-time sophomore or above in good standing.
A good thing to know is that past RTDNF scholarship winners are not eligible to apply again for any of the RTDNF scholarships.
If you meet all the above-mentioned criteria, you are highly encouraged to apply.
Otherwise, your application will be rejected.
How to Apply
Once you have determined that you are eligible for this award, you should know how to apply for it.
The first thing you need to do is to complete the online application form in which you will be asked to provide your contact information, experience and URL links to 3-5 work samples.
Your work samples can be broadcast or online news pieces and they should be uploaded to a host site like YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.
Besides all these, you need to provide additional documents such as a cover letter describing your current and past journalism experience and your plans on how to use the funds and a resume as well.
Additionally, you need to provide a letter of recommendation written by a professor, advisor, or supervisor.
The application process ends on January 17th so you are supposed to submit all the documentation prior to that date.