RTDNF Carole Simpson Scholarship 2017


Applications are invited by the Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) for the Carole Simpson Scholarship. The program is open sophomores, juniors or seniors, pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism who are pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism.The purpose of the program is to encourage and help minority students to overcome hurdles along their career path in electronic journalism. The winners of the scholarship will receive up to $2,000 scholarship award. The winners are also invited to attend the Excellence in Journalism conference.

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) is a 501 (c) 3 educational foundation founded by Colonel Barney Oldfield. The foundation was created to help RTDNA members embody and uphold the standards of ethical journalism and promote leadership in the newsroom.


  • Students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors at the time the scholarship is awarded, pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism
  • Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores or above in good standing when scholarships are awarded
  • Students may apply for only one RTDNF scholarship, and past RTDNF scholarship winners are not eligible.
  • if you are a non-citizen, you must have a US Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)

How to Apply:

To apply for the scholarship, the applicant must create an account through the given link: https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/RTDNF2017

Supporting Documents:

To be considered for the application, the applicant must upload the supplemental materials:

  • Work Samples: URL links to 3-5 work samples
  • Work samples should be broadcast (television/radio) or online news pieces
  • Work samples should be uploaded to a host site like YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.
  • Cover letter
  • Discuss your current and past journalism experience
  • Describe how you intend to use the funds
  • Discuss your choice to pursue a career in journalism
  • Addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation
  • From a professor, advisor, or supervisor
  • Addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee

Financial Aid and Award Money:

The recipient of the Carole Simpson Scholarship will receive $2,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.

Application Deadline:

The 2017 application submission will close on May 31, 2017. Scholarships will be awarded in December for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Contact Information:

If you have any question, contact to Karen at karenh-at-rtdna.org.

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