Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship and Conference Program

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

February 01

Awarded By

Freedom Forum

Award Amount

The two top applicants (one male and one female) will each be awarded a scholarship of $10,000. The other 100 receipients will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. All scholarships are offered annually and are non-renewable. Students must attend the conference in order to receive the scholarship (see the Freedom Forum website for more information).


102 awards offered annually. A male and a female recipient will be selected from each state and the District of Columbia.

Additional Information

This program began in 1999 and is funded by the Freedom Forum to honor Al Neuharth, the founder of USA TODAY, Newseum and the Freedom Forum. The scholarship and conference are designed to assist students in pursuit of a journalism career and to inspire them through conference sessions with prominent media professionals. The program also recognizes students who demonstrate the qualities of a free spirit. Al Neuharth characterizes a free spirit in this way: 'Free spirits dream, dare, and do.' A free spirit can also be a risk-taker, a visionary, an innovative leader, an entrepreneur, or a courageous achiever who accomplishes great things beyond his/her normal circumstances. Students whom are selected as a recipeint of this award must be available to attend the conference on June 16-21, 2018.

Deadline Info

Applications are available on the Freedom Forum website. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to read the reference guide prior to starting the application process. The applicant must complete the on ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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