High school seniors in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg metro area can apply for The Charlotte Observer Minority Scholarship Program. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded: one to a student interested in the news side of the newspaper industry and another to a student interested in the business side of the industry.
The two winners are then eligible to compete for one of five Knight Ridder scholarships worth $40,000, plus four paid internships at Knight Ridder newspapers.
To apply, students must return the following materials by Dec. 14:
1) Application form
2) An original, typed essay covering why they want to pursue a career in newspapering, what they know about Knight Ridder and how they see themselves working in Knight Ridder
3) Two letters of recommendation
4) Transcript of grades and SAT/ACT scores
5) Up to five samples of work with bylines (For those interested in pursuing journalism only)
Applications and supplementing documentation must be mailed to: Minority Scholarship Program, Human Resources, The Charlotte Observer, 600 South Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28202.
Finalists will be contacted for an interview, and winners will be announced in February 2006.
For more information or to obtain an application, email (Subject line should read 2006 Minority Scholarship), or call the Scholarship Hotline at 704-377-4444.