Scholarships for American Indians


Tribes and Nations  - Misc. and Other Minorities


Chips Quinn Scholarship Program

Freedom Forum
Attn: Chips Quinn Scholarship Program
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 292-6271


To provide work experience, career mentoring, and scholarship support to Native American and other minority college students and recent graduates who are majoring in journalism.


This program is open to students of color who are college juniors, seniors, or recent graduates with journalism majors or career goals in newspapers. 

Candidates must be:

  • nominated or endorsed by journalism faculty
  • campus media adviser
  • editors of newspapers
  • or leaders of minority journalism associations.

Along with tier application, they must submit

  • a resume 
  • transcripts
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • an essay of 200 to 500 words on why they want to be a Chips Quinn Scholar

Reporters must also submit 6 samples of published articles they have written; photographers must submit 6 samples of their work on a CD. Applicants must have a car and be available to work as a full-time intern during the spring or summer.  U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required. Campus newspaper experience is strongly encouraged.

Financial data

Students chosen for this program receive a travel stipend to attend a workshop at the Freedom Forum in Arlington, Virginia prior to reporting to their internship.  Upon completion of the internship, they receive a $1,600 scholarship.


Internships are for 10 to 12 weeks; the scholarship is for 1 year

Additional information

This program was established in 1991 in memory of the late John D. Quinn Jr., managing editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal. Funding is provided by the Freedom Forum, formerly the Gannett Foundation.  After graduating from college and obtaining employment with a newspaper, alumni of this program are eligible to apply for fellowship support to attend professional journalism development activities.

Number awarded

Approximately 70 each year.  Since the program began, more than 1,000 scholars have been selected.


October of each year