Deadline looms to apply for CrossRoadsNews scholarships

Previous winners of the CrossRoadsNews Foundation Scholarship include (top) Bryce Ethridge, with Foundation President (left) and CrossRoadsNews Editor/Publisher Jennifer Parker; and (bottom, from left) Prudencio Logan and Maya Mitchell, Kelli Sigler, and Beautiful Brys’jea Clemons.

Graduating DeKalb County seniors headed to college to study journalism can apply now through April 25 for the 2019 CrossRoadsNews Foundation Scholarships.

Eligible high school seniors must be residents of DeKalb County, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, plan to major in communications-related programs – journalism, graphic design, web design, photography or advertising – at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. 

The foundation, established by CrossRoadsNews publishers Jennifer and Curtis Parker in 2015 to support journalism education, will award up to $2,000 for books or tuition to graduates pursuing a career in print and digital media.

Past CrossRoadsNews scholars have studied at Bethune-Cookman University, Spelman College, Valdosta State University, Clark Atlanta University, West Georgia College and Tennessee State University.

Applicants must write a 500-word essay, double-spaced, on the topic "Is Community News Still Relevant in the Era of Social Media and Why?"

They must also send a letter detailing community service activities, work and relevant experience, press clippings, design samples or photographs, and demonstrated financial need.

A letter of recommendation from a journalism, English or yearbook teacher, and a copy of the student's high school transcript are also required.

Essay and supporting documents must be sent to editor@crossroadsnews.com by 5 p.m. on April 25.

For more information, email editor@crossroadsnews.com.