Bess Whitehead Scott - Scribes Scholarship (Age 40 and Older)
The Bess Whitehead Scott Scribes Scholarship was established in 2000 to honor Bess W. Scott, a pioneer Texas journalist and writer who died in 1997 at age 107. She had a long career as a newspaper reporter and editor, publicist, teacher, ad agency manager and magazine writer.
The $2,000 award is granted annually to an individual age 40 or over pursuing study or a degree in journalism, literary nonfiction writing or a related field. The scholarship program is intended to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of individuals either employed or making career transitions in these areas.
1. Current resident of the State of Texas.
2. Demonstrate interest in pursuing study toward degree or career advancement in journalism, literary nonfiction writing or a related field.
3. Age 40 or over on day, month and year of application deadline.
4. Demonstrate financial need
NOTE: Applicant may be a college undergraduate or graduate student, or someone wishing to pursue professional development in their field of writing.
Fields of Study
1. Journalism/Mass communications
2. Literary nonfiction writing
3. Public relations/advertising
4. Accredited course work for professional development/career advancement in journalism/literary nonfiction writing/related field, including internet-based activities
Use of Scholarship
Work toward accredited college/university degree, continuing education, writing residencies/internships, college/university accredited online or liberal studies programs not requiring on-site attendance. Winner may use the award in stages for classes, seminars, workshops, etc., so long as all funds are expended within 24 months of the Committee’s selection of Scribes recipient.