Scholarship available for Chicago-area journalism undergraduate — deadline soon!

Les Brownlee

The Chicago Headline Club and the Chicago Headline Club Foundation are accepting applications from Chicago-area journalism students for the Les Brownlee Scholarship – which provides a $5,000 award each year in honor of renowned Chicago journalist Les Brownlee.

The deadline for filing an application is April 11, 2022, and the winner will be announced this spring. Brownlee, who died in 2005, was the first African-American member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the first African-American president of the Chicago Headline Club.

Applicants for the Les Brownlee Scholarship must be current undergraduate journalism students (no recent graduates) at a Chicago-area college or university. Candidates are assessed by a committee of the Headline Club Foundation and evaluated on their previous experience, clips, cover letter, and their interest in pursuing a journalism career.

Candidates should fill out an application here. The application requires a letter, resume and work samples. For questions, contact Bob Rowley at

Applicants are due no later than April 11.