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The NSNC Education Foundation fosters training opportunities for columnists and others interested in column writing. The nonprofit foundation works with the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and others to serve as a training tool for both aspiring and published columnists in all media. The foundation’s special emphasis has been on helping assist college columnists.

Scholarship Contest Rules

2018 NSNC Education Foundation contest flyer
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Who Is Eligible

Undergraduates (including seniors) writing bylined general interest, editorial or specialized (humor, sports, business, arts, culture, etc.) columns appearing in print or online editions of college newspapers. Columns carrying dual bylines are eligible, but only one prize will be awarded.

Entry

Submit copies and links for three bylined columns published between Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, and Friday, June 15, 2018, in this online form. One entry per student. No entry fee required.

Deadline for entry: Friday, June 29, 2018

Scholarship

$5,000

Scholarship winner will be determined by judges chosen by the NSNCEF.

Questions?

If you have questions, email Scholarship Chair Mike Leonard.

Disclaimer

By participating in the writing contest, each entrant represents that his/her submission is original to the entrant, and all rights are exclusively owned and/or controlled by the entrant to the full extent necessary to enable the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation to use the submission as contemplated by the contest rules. By participating, each entrant understands and agrees that neither the NSNCEF, its agents, affiliates, sponsors nor representatives have any liability with respect to any damages out of acceptance and use of a scholarship.

NSNCEF reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to immediately disqualify, without notice, any and all submissions that do not comply with the submission requirements set out in the rules, as determined by NSNCEF’s sole discretion. Submissions shall not be returned to the entrant for any reason. The contest is judged by the NSNCEF. The decisions of the judges are final.

In the event of a dispute regarding any aspect of the writing contest, NSNCEF will make the final ruling in its sole discretion. No communication or correspondence will be exchanged with entrants regarding such ruling(s) unless otherwise required by law.

All taxes relative to the prize package are the sole responsibility of the winner. No prize substitutions, assignments or transfers.

By entering this contest, participants agree to be bound by these rules.

The Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Program provided by the NSNCEF is made possible through the generous support of Jeanne Phillips aka Dear Abby.

News

2018 Dear Abby College Columnist Contest Open

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (January 31, 2018) — The National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation (NSNCEF) is accepting applications for the 2018 Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Contest. The contest is open to undergraduates who write bylined general interest, editorial page, or specialized columns that appear in the print or online editions of their college publications. …

Boston College Student Wins Scholarship

The following is a news release from Andrews McMeel Syndication. The Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Contest page has further details. KANSAS CITY, Missouri, June 1, 2017 — The National Society for Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation has announced the winners of the 2017 Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Contest to recognize the outstanding work of aspiring …

Donate

Contributions to the NSNCEF are welcome. Funds go toward helping train new and experienced columnists.

The NSNC Education Foundation is a tax-exempt non-profit foundation [501(c)3] devoted to the education and training of new and experienced columnists everywhere. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists, founded in 1977, is the nation’s oldest and only journalism organization dedicated to advancing excellence in column-writing and writers of serial essays and blogs.

Donations are welcome. Use secure online giving via the foundation’s PayPal account. Any amount is welcome.

Checks may be mailed to:

NSNCEF
P.O. Box 280692
San Francisco, CA 94128
Phone: 415-691-7030

For more information about the Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Program, email NSNCEF Scholarship Chair Mike Leonard.

NSNC Education Foundation
c/o Luenna Kim, Executive Director

About

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization [501(c)3] devoted to the education and training of new and experienced columnists everywhere. The foundation was incorporated in 2003 in the state of Texas.

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists, founded in 1977, is the nation’s oldest and only journalism organization dedicated to advancing excellence in column-writing and writers of serial essays and blogs. The NSNC helps promote the NSNCEF and shares with it some database information.

The Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Program selects three outstanding student writers from its annual college columnists contest entries. The first place winner gets $1,500, a certificate and an all-expense paid trip to that year’s National Society of Newspaper Columnists annual conference. Second and third place winners also win certificates and awards of $250 and $100.

The contest, which originated in 1999, is open to undergraduates (including seniors) who write bylined general interest, editorial-page or specialized (humor, sports, business, arts etc.) columns that are published in the print or online editions of college newspapers, i.e., one whose main circulation is on a university or college campus. There is no entry fee.
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