Journalism scholarships available for students

STATE – Maine students interested in a career in journalism are invited to apply for post-secondary scholarships through the Guy P. Gannett Journalism Scholarship Fund of the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF).

The scholarship honors businessman and entrepreneur Guy P. Gannett, who launched his career in the press in 1921 with the purchase of two newspapers which he merged with the Portland Press Herald. In 1998, when the family sold Guy Gannett Communications, its media reach spanned several states with three daily newspapers in Maine and seven television stations.

Gannett’s granddaughter, Maddy Corson, and her uncle John Gannett established the Guy P. Gannett Scholarship Fund in 2000 to pay tuition and expenses for Maine students who dream of a career in journalism. Since then, the initial $3 million scholarship fund — the largest in MaineCF — has helped educate nearly 150 students with more than $3.8 million in support. In 2021, 16 students received $332,000 in scholarships.

The Gannett Scholarship provides renewable support for students majoring in journalism or a reasonably related field, including print, broadcast or electronic media. The fund helps pay for tuition to attend an undergraduate, graduate, trades, or technical school.

Applicants must be Maine high school graduates or Maine homeschoolers in their senior year of high school. Students are selected based on their demonstrated interest in journalism through their choice of courses and extracurricular activities, as well as their financial need and academic achievement. The application deadline is April 1, 2022. Apply online at www.mainecf.org.

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