About the Scholarships
Sister Rita Jeanne Scholarships, named for JEA’s long-time treasurer, recognize some of the top high school journalists in the country. The contest begins at the state level. Winning portfolios from state Journalist of the Year competitions are sent to the national level. Portfolios are judged at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention, and winners are announced at the convention’s concluding awards ceremony. Scholarship funds — $3,000 for the top winner, and $850 each for runners-up (up to six runners-up awards are usually given) — are released to the student after the winners are announced.
Deadlines vary from state to state, so check with your JEA State Director for contest information specific to your state, including where to ship your entry. Do not mail your entry to JEA Headquarters. The contest coordinator must send the winning state entry to be received at JEA by April 1.