Applications are currently being accepted from area students for two $2,000 Bob Craig Memorial Scholarships awarded through the West Texas Press Association and the Texas Press Association.
The scholarships are open to applicants in the area served by WTPA member newspapers and whose career goals include working at a community newspaper. Palo Pinto County students are eligible to apply for the scholarships through the Lake Country Sun's membership in WTPA.
Applications and essays should be sent to Bob Dillard, WTPA Scholarship Chairman, P.O. Box 1097, Fort Davis, TX 79734-1097, and be postmarked no later than Wednesday, June 19. Winners will be chosen by the West Texas Press Association Board Of Directors and announced during the association's 83rd annual Summer Convention in Decatur July 18-20.
Each scholarship is divided into two payments of $1,000 each semester. The winners must be enrolled in at least three hours of college or university journalism courses each semester the scholarship is awarded. College students must have at least 60 hours of college course work. Each applicant must also fill out an application form and write an essay based on the theme, "My Future and Career Plans in Community Journalism."
One scholarship will be presented to a graduating high school senior and the other to a student attending a college or university as a print journalism or advertising major or who majors in communication studies with a minor in journalism. Broadcast or public relations majors do not qualify.
If there are numerous qualified applicants, a third scholarship may be awarded to either a college student or a graduating senior.
Application forms are available on the WTPA website, www.wtpa.org. Applicants must be from the area served by WTPA membership.
The Bob Craig Memorial Scholarships are named in honor of late West Texas publisher Bob Craig of Hamlin. Craig, who died in 1981, was the long-time publisher of the Hamlin Herald and a member of the West Texas Press Association. He served 18 years on the board in various capacities, including president in 1967 and secretary-treasurer for many years.
The West Texas Press Association is the world's largest regional press organization, by virtue of the vast geographic area it encompasses throughout West Texas and Eastern New Mexico.