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All Expenses Paid Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

Posted on | January 22, 2010 | No Comments

- February 5, 2010 deadline -
Program is for high school student journalists from low-income backgrounds that will take place for 10 days in August on the campus of Princeton University. The program is entering its ninth year; since 2002, more than 165 students from high schools across the country have been selected to participate in the program. They were taught by journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald, The New Republic and The New Yorker; they covered Yankees, Mets, Jets and Liberty games and held a press conference with New Jersey’s secretary of state; they met with Princeton University’s president and dean of admissions; they received counseling on their college applications from our staff, which consists of Princeton University alumni and undergraduates; and they published their own newspaper.

The application process will take place in two parts. For the first part, students should fill out the application (www.princeton. edu/sjp), and then email it to as a Microsoft Word attachment. Before emailing us the application, students should name the document using the following format: Lastname.Firstname. doc. So, if the student’s name is Mary Jones, the title of the document will be Jones.Mary.doc. In addition, the student should type his or her name and high school in the body of the email and put only the name of the Word document (e.g., Jones.Mary.doc) in the subject line of the email. We must receive the application by 11:59 p.m. ET on February 5, 2010.

In the second round of the application process, finalists will be interviewed by the program directors-either in person or over the phone-and they will be asked to provide printed copies of the following items via U.S. mail: an official transcript; the first page of the 2008 (or 2009, if available) income-tax return form (the 1040 or 1040EZ form) of their custodial parent(s)/guardian( s), or a signed statement by their parent(s)/guardian( s) saying that their income is below the level at which they would be required to file income tax returns; a recommendation letter from a teacher; and clips from their high school newspaper or other publication (optional).

To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following qualifications:

- They must currently be juniors in high school.

- They must live in the continental United States.

- They must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average
(out of 4.0).

- They must have an interest in journalism.

- The combined income of their custodial parent(s)/guardian( s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000.

Note: This program is for students from low-income backgrounds. If the combined income of the custodial parent(s)/guardian( s) plus child support payments, if any, exceeds $45,000 and a student still wishes to apply, he or she may attach a letter explaining why his or her family qualifies as financially under-resourced.

If you have questions, the best way to reach us is via email at Please note that applications should be sent to, which is a GMAIL address. Questions should be sent to, which is a PRINCETON address.

All application materials-as well as additional information about the program-are available at www.princeton. edu/sjp.

A final word: We know that the process of applying to any selective program can be stressful, not to mention a lot of work-for students as well as their teachers. But, over the years, the students we have had come through our program have told us that, ultimately, the work they put into their application was worth it.


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    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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