Carole Simpson Scholarship

Scholarship Amount

$2,000 USD

Application Deadline

March 01, 2016


In a career of notable firsts, Carole Simpson has led the way for minorities and women in broadcasting. After beginning her career as a journalism educator, she went on to break barriers and raise social issues as a journalist. Simpson was the first woman broadcast news in Chicago, the first African American woman to anchor a network TV evening newscast, and the first minority woman to solo moderate a presidential debate. She retired from ABC News in 2006 to become Leader-in-Residence at Emerson College's School of Communications in Boston. Her memoir, NewsLady, was published in 2010. Carole Simpson is a former RTDNF trustee and the 1996 recipient of the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award in recognition of her work to protect First Amendment Freedoms. She established the Carole Simpson Scholarship to encourage and help minority students to overcome hurdles along their career path in electronic journalism. The recipient of the Carole Simpson Scholarship will receive $2,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference. - See more at:



Students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors at the time the scholarship is awarded, pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism
Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores or above in good standing when scholarships are awarded
Students may apply for only one RTDNF scholarship, and past RTDNF scholarship winners are not eligible.


Complete the online application form, including:
Contact information
URL links to 3-5 work samples
Work samples should be broadcast (television/radio) or online news pieces
Work samples should be uploaded to a host site like YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.
Upload the supplemental materials:
Cover letter
Discuss your current and past journalism experience
Describe how you intend to use the funds
Discuss your choice to pursue a career in journalism
Addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee
Letter of recommendation
From a professor, advisor, or supervisor
Addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee
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Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Caucasian, Asian, American Indian, African American
Sophomore, Junior, Senior

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