THE JAMES ALAN COX FOUNDATION FOR STUDENT PHOTOJOURNALISTS
Type of Awards:
- Five (5) Digital SLR Cameras will be awarded to five (5) high school students. (High school applicants should only submit still photographs. The video awards are for college and graduate students only.)
- Five (5) $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to five (5) college or technical school students, payable to their school. Four awards will be for video work while one will be for still photography.
- One (1) $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to one (1) graduate student, payable to their school, for video work.
Focus of work and entries: PHOTOJOURNALISM. (Please see the 2020 or previous years’ scholarship recipients to view examples of winning photographs and videos.) Scholarships will be awarded to those students whose work “tells a story”. This is a fairly broad topic and may include a variety of subject matter and approaches (breaking news, sporting events, etc.) Please keep in mind, for the still photography submissions, that we are NOT looking for “art” photography.
One suggestion, for subject matter, is the current crisis our world is facing: COVID-19. All of our lives have been changed by the Coronavirus. Much like 9/11 changed the lives of your parents, this event will change your world forever. You can show, through images or video, how COVID-19 has affected life in your school, your home, and your community. (In terms of still photography, you may submit individual images that stand alone or a series of photos.) Topics might include empty shelves in stores and empty classrooms, or health care workers bravely battling this virus. Stories might also focus on how you and your family are dealing with this pandemic – playing games, making meals together, and, of course, navigating the new educational system of distance learning. We urge you to go out and record the history that is being made all around you (and be sure to identify your photos by location and date).
Again, we are looking for photojournalism. We are asking you to do a lot with this application – write an essay and send us your transcript and recommendations – so if you are submitting still photos, please don’t ruin your chances of being considered by entering images of flowers, glamour shots or kittens – no matter how adorable they may be.
Scholarship applications must be submitted between July 15, 2021 and Midnight, the Evening of November 15th, 2021.
Scholarships will be announced and awarded in early to mid-December.
Application Requirements and Forms:
Please click on the highlighted lines below to access the various forms. (You may also use this as a checklist for completing your application.)
YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT EACH FORM TO BE ELIGIBLE.
- Application Form
- Brief Essay
- 2 Letters of Reference
- School Transcript
- Financial Data
- High school applicants should only submit still photographs. The video awards are for college and graduate students only
- five (5) digital images for still photography submissions
- two (2) videos, with a maximum duration of 3 minutes each, for video submissions
- Parental Release Form for high school students (or those under 18)
High school students applying for these scholarships must have completed one year at an accredited high school (student must therefore be a sophomore or older) and should have taken at least one photography or related art class.
College or technical school students applying for these scholarships must have completed one year at a accredited college, university or professional school (student must therefore be a sophomore or older),
and have taken courses in photography or photojournalism.
Graduate students applying for a scholarship should be enrolled in a journalism or photojournalism program.
High school, college and graduate students should have at least one semester remaining at time of award.
- All submissions must be via the internet. We will not accept applications by mail.
- Label all files that will be submitted/e-mailed with the applicant’s name.
- The applicant must be a United States citizen.
- The applicant’s school must be in the United States. (U.S. citizens attending U.S. government schools outside of the US may apply.)
- The scholarship award must be used at the beginning of the next semester.
Otherwise it will be forfeited and given to an alternate.
- A student may only receive one James Alan Cox Foundation scholarship in a given year.
- Note: Parental approval is required for students under 18. Please see accompanying form.
Digital Entry Rules: Please enter only 5 (five) images. Each image should be jpeg file format with a maximum of 2500 pixels on the longer side and 4 MB file size. Images should be at monitor resolution. Photos submitted must be an honest representation of what happened in front of the camera during exposure. You may, if needed, post-process the images electronically — but only in accordance with good practice. This may include cropping, color correction, etc. Post-processing, however, must preserve the image’s original expression.
Video Entry Rules: Please enter only two (2) videos. Videos should be no more than 20 MB file size with a maximum duration of 3 minutes each. Videos may be in these formats: .mpg, .avi, .mov, .wmv, .mpeg, .mp4, .divx.
Mac users: please make sure all file names have the proper file extensions.