Journalists, editors eligible for $5,000 scholarships for religion courses
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Posted by: Rachel Friel
Oct. 16, 2011
Journalists, editors eligible for $5,000 scholarships for religion
Study Islam, Religion and Politics, War,
(Columbia, Mo.) — RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS invites all
journalists to apply to its Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program. The
scholarships give full-time journalists up to $5,000 to take any college
religion courses at any accredited institution at any time.
headlines are dominating news coverage—sex abuse, religion and politics, Islam
in America, Post-9/11— now is the perfect time to dig deeper into today’s
hottest stories. More than 200 people have already taken advantage of RELIGION
| NEWSWRITERS’ Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program for Journalists.
have studied include: Islamic Movements, God & Politics, Christianity and
Culture, Religious Tradition and Scientific Inquiry, Buddhism and Science,
Violence and Liberation, Religion and Medicine and many more.
"The courses led to dozens of story ideas and new resources.
I came out a sharper researcher and writer, two benefits I was not expecting
going in,” said Eric Marrapodi of CNN
who took four Lilly scholarship courses in the last three years at Georgetown
The scholarships can be used at accredited colleges,
universities, seminaries or similar institutions. Journalists can choose any religion,
spirituality or ethics course. Scholarships cover tuition, books, registration
fees, parking and other course-related costs. Online and travel classes are
also eligible (as long as travel costs are part of the curriculum).
All full-time journalists working in the general circulation
news media—including reporters, editors, designers, copy editors, editorial
writers, news directors, researchers and producers—are eligible, regardless of
The next scholarship application deadline is Jan. 1, 2012.
Scholarships must be used within three academic quarters of their award date.
RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS is the world’s only association for
journalists who write about religion in the mainstream news media. The
scholarships are offered through its non-profit arm, the Religion Newswriters
Foundation, with funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Complete information about the Lilly Scholarships in
Religion program is available at http://bit.ly/j8MOOg.
Direct questions to Amy Schiska at 573-355-5201 ext. 3#, or Schiska@RNA.org.
NEWSWRITERS offers training and tools to help journalists cover religion with
balance, accuracy and insight. Visit www.RNA.org
to learn more about our RELIGION | LINK story ideas, Religion stylebook and
primer, contests for religion reporting, annual conference and more.