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Michael S. Powell High School Journalist of the Year Application

MDDC’s Michael S. Powell High School Journalist of the Year honors an outstanding senior staff member of a Maryland, Delaware, or District of Columbia high school newspaper with a $1,500 cash scholarship.


STUDENTS:  Apply for scholarship here.

ADVISORS:  Submit a reference here.


  • Must be a high-school senior and resident of Maryland, Delaware or the District of Columbia.
  • Work on a high-school newspaper.
  • Ideal candidate plans to study journalism after high school.

Submitting an Application:

  • The online application period is open until March 15, 2020.
  • To access the online application, please click here.

Please gather the following pieces prior to submitting the online application:

  • An essay outlining your personal newspaper publication activities and accomplishments; include the impact and important aspects of scholastic journalism as it relates to you.
  • Advisor recommendation:
    • Letter of recommendation is due by March 15, 2020.
    • Please provide this link to your advisor: http://bit.ly/208WHWm
  • 5 writing samples of your news writing:
    • must use PDF file-type
    • published with your by-line or verification from editor
    • demonstrating journalistic skill and versatility


All applications will be reviewed by the Press Association’s Scholarship Selection Committee, comprised of regional news media editors. The winner will be notified in April.

Awards Presentation:

The winner will be honored during MDDC’s Awards program May 8, 2020.


Please contact Rebecca Snyder with any questions.


The Powell Scholarship program is supported by the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Foundation. For more information on the Press Foundation, please click here.

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