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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

The scholarship program of the NSNC Education Foundation is on hiatus. 

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 (blank) and (blank). One entry per student. No entry fee required.

Deadline for entry: (blank)

Scholarship

$5,000

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

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact us.

Disclaimer

By participating in the writing contest, each entrant represents that their 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.

News

Winner of 2019 Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Contest Announced

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 17, 2019 – The National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation has announced the winner of the 2019 Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Contest, which recognizes the outstanding work of aspiring journalists. NSNCEF has awarded the 2019 scholarship to Marya Kuratova. She will receive a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of her excellent …

2018 Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Contest Winner Announced

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (October 10, 2018) – National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation (NSNCEF) has announced the winner of the 2018 Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Contest, which recognizes the outstanding work of aspiring journalists. The NSNCEF has awarded the 2018 scholarship to Danny Bugingo. He will receive a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of his …

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. …

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.

Donations are welcome. For information, please contact us. Any amount is welcome.

Checks may be mailed to:

NSNC-EF
P.O. Box 123
Keller, Texas 76244-0123

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.

For 20 years, 1999-2019, a scholarship was offered through a writing contest. The scholarship program of the NSNC Education Foundation is on hiatus. The contest was open to undergraduates (including seniors) who wrote bylined general interest, editorial-page or specialized (humor, sports, business, arts etc.) columns published in the print or online editions of college newspapers, i.e., one whose main circulation is on a university or college campus. There was no entry fee. In 2012, the scholarship was named the Jeff Zaslow College Columnist Award, for the columnist and author who died earlier that year. From 2017-19, the generous underwriter of the award was the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota on behalf of Jeanne Phillips aka Dear Abby, the long-running syndicated advice column.

For more information about the foundation, please use our Contact Form.

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About the heading photograph: Photo by Carley Lanich, Media School at Indiana University, from “Indianapolis Star Reveals New Office, Increased EngagementThe Media School Report, March 17, 2015