First-place winners of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists annual scholarship contest.
- 1999 Rob Nelson, University of North Carolina
- 2000 Brady Dennis, University of North Carolina
- 2001 Andrew DeMillo, University of Georgia
- 2002 Jessica Lee, University of Arizona
- 2003 Dan Nguyen, Iowa State University
- 2004 Samantha Aanthos, Arizona State University
- 2005 Matt Barnwell, University of Georgia
- 2006 Fernanda Diaz, Columbia University
- 2007 Cynthia Waite, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- 2008 Kristin Butler, Duke University
- 2009 Paul Bowers, University of South Carolina
- 2010 Derek Wilson, Ball State University
- 2011 Jocelyn Rousey, Boston College
- 2012, Jesse Rifkin, University of Connecticut
- 2013, Blake Seitz, University of Georgia
- 2014, Maya Richard-Craven, University of Southern California
- 2015, R.J. Vogt, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
- 2016, Jake Schmidt, University of Texas
- 2017, Archer Parquette, Boston College
- 2018, Danny Bugingo, University of Idaho
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 foundation was incorporated in 2003 in the state of Texas.
The first-place scholarship award was named for best-selling author and Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Zaslow after his death in February 2012, through 2016.