Applications Open for $5K Journalism Scholarship

The Chicago Headline Club and the Chicago Headline Club Foundation are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the prestigious Les Brownlee Memorial Scholarship. This annual award, established in honor of the late Chicago journalist Les Brownlee, grants $5,000 to an exceptional undergraduate journalism student in Illinois.

Les Brownlee

Brownlee, a trailblazing journalist, was the first African-American Society of Professional Journalists member and the first Black president of the Chicago Headline Club. His dedication to journalistic excellence and commitment to diversity continue to inspire aspiring journalists.

“The Les Brownlee Memorial Scholarship is a vital part of our mission to support and nurture the next generation of journalists,” said Molly McDonough, president of the Chicago Headline Club Foundation. “We are honored to offer this scholarship to help deserving students achieve their academic and professional goals.”

Eligibility and Application Process:

  • Current undergraduate journalism students enrolled at a Chicago area or Illinois college or university are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on their academic achievements, previous journalistic experience, work samples, stated need and a cover letter expressing their goals and passion for journalism.
  • The application deadline is April 8, 2024.
  • The winner will be announced at the annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Distinguished Journalism banquet in May 2024.

To Apply: Please fill out the application here.