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.

For more information, please use our Contact Form.

NSNC Education Foundation
c/o Luenna Kim, Executive Director
P.O. Box 280692
San Francisco, CA 94128
Phone: 415-691-7030


About the background video: Teletype M15 Printing, posted in 2013 to YouTube by Tele Tweety

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