The Evangelical Press Association believes that Christian students should be prepared to be outstanding journalists and communications professionals, equipped with a biblically-based philosophy of journalism and the skills, knowledge and experience they will need to effectively communicate a Christ-centered worldview to their audience.
EPA awards scholarships each year to students preparing for a career in print journalism. The awards are announced at the annual membership meeting.
The Jerry Jenkins Scholarship
This $2,000 scholarship was established and funded by best-selling author and former EPA president Jerry Jenkins (1980-81). Jenkins is the former editor of Moody Magazine and founding editor of Today’s Christian Woman.
The Mel Larson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established to honor the former editor of The Evangelical Beacon and former EPA president (1958-60). Funded by donations and/or EPA’s general fund, the amount varies from year to year but grants generally range from $1,000 to $2,000.
Candidates for the scholarships must be majoring or minoring in journalism or communications. Preference is given to — but not restricted to — students with an interest in the field of Christian journalism. Recipients must be third- or fourth-year undergraduates or graduate students with at least one year of full-time study remaining when they receive the awards (meaning that most applicants are sophomores or juniors). Students must be enrolled at an accredited Christian or secular college or university in the U.S. or Canada. Candidates must have maintained a B-average or better.
The deadline for scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 academic year is March 10, 2018. Materials must be received by this date.