NPPF Changes Scholarship Application Rules, Deadlines are Earlier

ATHENS, GA (August 25, 16) - The National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF.ORG) is making major changes to its annual scholarship program.  

“New rules and application procedures for the NPPF scholarship competition are now closely aligned with the College Photographer of the Year contest (CPOY) at the University of Missouri, making it easier for students to enter both.  And we have big news: seniors are eligible for the first time,” James Brown, NPPF scholarship chairman said.

Among the changes:

    • * College seniors and graduate students graduating in the spring of the following year are now eligible for NPPF Scholarships.
    • * Scholarship applications will be made in the fall semester and awarded early the next year. Previously, applications were due in March and awards announced in May making graduating seniors ineligible.
    • * Image formats and standards will be the same as the College Photographer of the Year (CPOY.ORG). Pictures entered in CPOY can easily be submitted for NPPF scholarships.
    • * Applications open November 1, 2016 with a deadline of Jan. 3, 2017. Scholarships will be awarded by March 2017.  This change is being made to bring the NPPF scholarships more in line with the timing of CPOY
    • * Eight scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded.
    • * NPPF scholarship application procedures may be found here on or before November 1:
    •  Information about College Photographer of the Year may be found here after September 1:

“We are reprogramming our online system to streamline the entry procedure. Uploading will be much faster and portfolios can be edited and changed right up to the deadline. Picture stories and video links may be uploaded and managed, as they are finished, Brown said.

Eight $2,000 scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students encourage those with the talent and dedication to photojournalism and who need financial help to continue their studies. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited college or university in the U.S.

The Bob East, Reid Blackburn, Bob Baxter, Kit C. King and Jimi Lott scholarships are endowed by donations from friends, family and news organizations.

The Rich Clarkson Founders Scholarship is funded by a generous contribution from Mr. Clarkson.

NPPF provides funding for the NPPF Still and Multimedia Scholarship, the NPPF TV News Scholarship and the College Photographer of the Year awards through donations from NPPA members.

The NPPF Booster Club, made up of Life NPPA members, has provided significant funding over the years. NPPF has paid for the College Photographer of the Year and runner-up awards for about 40 years. Originally Missouri professor Cliff Edom handled the funds but when he retired he asked NPPF to take over and transferred the balance of the funds to the Foundation, NPPF treasurer and board member Frank Folwell said.

More detail about the scholarships and other awards made by NPPF may be found at

If you have questions, contact James W. Brown, Ph.D. at [email protected]