Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Princeton Summer Journalism Program Offered To Low-income Families

Princeton University is presenting a 10-day all-expenses-paid Summer Journalism Program held in August for students from under-resourced financial backgrounds.

All application materials are available at http://www.princeton.edu/sjp/

All expenses, including travel costs to and from Princeton, will be paid for.

This will be the sixth year of the program, and if this summer is anything like the last five, it will be a great opportunity.

The last five classes of journalists were taught by writers from TheWashington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald, and The New Republic; toured The New York Times and ABC News, met with editors and producers; attended and covered Yankees, Mets, Jets and Liberty games; and reported, wrote, edited, designed, and produced a 12-page edition of The Princeton Summer Journal on the program's final day.

The program is also designed to give students a taste of what life is like at one of the best colleges in the country-- students live on campus and eat in one of the university's cafeterias.

Students meet with Princeton University's president and the school's dean of admissions-- people who are able to offer guidance on the difficult decisions about college that high school students face.

The program is staffed by young alumni of Princeton, current Princeton students, and students who attended the program in past summers.

This program is intended for low-income students with excellent academic records who are committed to pursuing a career in journalism.

To apply for the program, you must meet the following qualifications:
- You must currently be a sophomore or junior in high school.
- You must live in the continental United States .
- You must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0).
- You must have an interest in journalism.
- The combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian( s) plus child supportpayments, if any, must not exceed $45,000. (Note: This program is for students from under-resourced financial backgrounds. If the combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian( s) plus child support payments, if any, exceeds $45,000 and you still wish to apply, you may attach a statement explaining why you believe your familyqualifies as financially under-resourced. )

Applications are due February 20, 2008. More information and the application materials are available online at http://www.princeton.edu/sjp/

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