Les Brownlee Memorial Scholarship

The Chicago Headline Club and the Chicago Headline Club Foundation each year award a $5,000 scholarship honoring Les Brownlee to a Chicago-area journalism student.

Applicants for the Brownlee Scholarship must be current undergraduate journalism students (no recent graduates) at a Chicago-area college. 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 are asked to fill out an application and include a cover letter, resume and at least three work samples. Direct questions to Scholarship Committee Chair Bob Rowley.

Applications are closed and will open in February 2023.

See past scholarship and internship grant recipients here.

About Les Brownlee

Les Brownlee

Brownlee’s journalism career began as a reporter for Ebony Magazine, and he later joined the Chicago Defender. In 1950, he was the first Black reporter to join the staff of the Chicago Daily News. Over the years he also worked for several radio stations, including WBBM-AM, and television stations including WLS-TV, where in 1975 he won an Emmy Award for editorial writing. He is noted for his sign-off: “Les Brownlee, WLS Eyewitness News.” After he retired from television, Brownlee joined the faculty of Columbia College Chicago, where he taught journalism full-time for more than 20 years and inspired countless students.