The Society for News Design is an organization that provides training and services to and advocates on behalf of visual journalists worldwide. The Society for News Design Foundation (SNDF) is SND’s educational and research arm.
Annually, SNDF awards the SND Foundation Scholarship to a deserving student interested in and showing promise for pursuing a career in visual journalism. The cash award is $2,000.
This award is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors at any accredited four-year school worldwide. The student must be a member in good standing of the Society for News Design. (Not an SND member? Apply here.) The annual award is renewable once, but recipients must re-apply for consideration.
The scholarship recognizes potential for excellence in print, interactive design and both.
• All applicants must be a journalism major or major in a field of related study with the intent of pursuing a career in visual journalism.
• All applicants will be assessed on four areas: talent, scholarship, service and character.
• Resume that includes a list of honors and activities.
• A letter of character reference from a professor or adviser that offers examples of your responsibility, integrity and judgment.
• A 500-word essay describing your accomplishments in the field of journalism and your financial need, if any.
• An 800-word essay answering the following questions:
Why do you want to be involved in the field of journalism? What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing visual journalism in the face of increasingly complex media consumption?
• A link to your online portfolio that contains at least eight and no more than 12 examples of page designs, photos, typography, illustrations, graphics, multimedia projects, and/or interaction design. Edit ruthlessly. This should only be your very best work.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: JULY 15, 2016
All applications must be in English. Resumes and letters of reference should be emailed directly to SND education director, Darren Sanefski at [email protected]. Please send both in PDF file format.
Past winners’ testimony
“I graduated in December 2015 from the University of Vermont, with a major in Public Communication. I now design for the Arizona Republic at the Phoenix design studio. I’ve been a member and volunteer with SND since 2013, aside from the scholarship I’ve also won a travel grant to attend the Frankfurt conference. Winning the scholarship helped me fund my unpaid internship in San Diego last summer. It also boosted my confidence about myself as a designer and gave me a competitive edge in the job hunt. It connected me with Tracy Collins who ended up offering me my job.”
Aviva Loeb, 2015 SND Foundation Scholarship winner
“I graduated from Ball State University with majors in Journalism Graphics and News Telecommunications. I’m now the lead designer at the Memphis Business Journal, where I design the covers, centerpiece stories and other news pages and special sections. I also get to do some photography and illustration. I was awarded the SND Foundation Scholarship at the 2013 conference in Louisville, and since then I’ve been to the Frankfurt, DC and San Francisco conferences. I’m also a part of the SND brand refresh team working to update SND’s logo and other branding elements. Obviously the financial aspect of the scholarship was a huge help for me and allowed me to focus on my work instead of worrying as much about finances. That gave me the confidence to apply for internships and job opportunities away from my home, which allowed me to grow both professionally and personally. I felt and continue to feel grateful for SND’s contribution to my education. I think investing in journalism and design education is important because it then encourages the recipients, like myself, to invest in other students down the road. In that sense, the SND scholarship brought me closer to the design community and made me more passionate about my job. ”
Ellen Collier, 2014 SND Foundation Scholarship winner
” I’m so grateful to SND and the Foundation for these wonderful opportunities, and the recognition from such an outstanding organization means so much to me.”
Danielle Rindler, 2011 SND Foundation Scholarship winner
“I cannot thank you enough for this honor. Receiving this scholarship has inspired me to work even harder in pursuit of visual storytelling and interactive design.”
Sisi Wei, 2011 SND Foundation Scholarship winner