History and Purpose: The Guy P. Gannett Scholarship Fund was established in 2000 by the Guy P.
Gannett Foundation to provide scholarships to graduates of Maine high schools pursuing a major in
journalism or a field reasonably related. Journalism in this case is not to be confused with advertising,
entertainment, filmmaking, graphic arts, public relations, and mass communication, all of which are
equally exciting endeavors but which are not the focus of this scholarship.
Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for the Guy P. Gannett Scholarship Fund, students must
1. be graduates of Maine high schools, public or private, or be schooled at home in a Maine community
during their last year of secondary education;
2. attend either an undergraduate program, including a trade school or technical institute program, or a
graduate program at an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the United States; and
3. major in print or broadcast journalism or a reasonably related field
Selection Criteria: Award consideration will be based on:
1. evidence of excellence in academic performance;
2. evidence of a student’s serious commitment to journalism, as demonstrated by work on campus
publications/media, area broadcast stations, summer jobs/internships in journalism or other significant
journalistic endeavors, paid or unpaid; and
3. evidence of financial need.
Submissions: You are submitting your credentials for review by a panel of journalists. Presentation is
very important. Please follow the submission guidelines carefully and thoughtfully, particularly with
respect to work samples. Improperly formatted work samples will not be forwarded to the committee.
Awards: Annual awards will be based on the recommendation of the selection committee and be
dependent on available funds. Preference shall be given to the recipients of prior grants from the Gannett
Scholarship Fund who are enrolled in, and attempting to complete, an undergraduate or graduate program.
Award monies used for expenses other than tuition, books and supplies must be reported as taxable
income by the recipient. It will be the responsibility of the recipient to report and pay any tax liability.
All applications and required information sent separately must be postmarked by May 1.
Incomplete applications or those postmarked after this date will not be processed. All information
received from applicants will be treated as confidential.
Students will be notified of scholarship decisions in late June.