Scholarship Aid Announced For Aspiring Journalists

The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of Washington, D.C. (SDXDC) has announced its annual scholarship program, adding changes designed to assist students taking classes remotely during the pandemic.

For the 2021-22 academic year, the foundation plans to bundle its annual financial assistance with digital equipment needed by students to attend classes online and complete digital assignments during the Covid19 pandemic.

“This innovative shift in our longstanding program is aimed at helping students meet the myriad challenges facing them and become competent, ethical, effective journalists,” said SDXDC President Reginald Stuart. “We are fortunate to play a meaningful role.”

The scholarships are aimed at students who need financial assistance and will be juniors or seniors in the Fall of 2021.

Each scholarship will total $2,500. Recipients will be given the option of taking up to $900 of the award in digital equipment – a laptop, video camera, tripod, microphone, headphones, lights or light stands — needed for classwork. The rest will go to their school to help cover tuition, fees and other education costs.

Anyone interested can find more details and a scholarship application form on the Scholarships page of this website.

The deadline for applying is March 15. Successful applicants will be interviewed in April. An announcement of scholarship recipients is expected in early May.

The foundation was created in 1962 as the non-profit, education arm of the Washington, D.C. Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of journalists founded as Sigma Delta Chi.

The foundation has awarded over 200 scholarships to students with a demonstrated interest in journalism attending colleges and universities in the D.C. area.

Scholarship recipients also are offered free mentoring by veteran journalists affiliated with SDXDC.

For more information, send an email to or call scholarship committee interim chair John Henry at 202-378-6612 or foundation president Reginald Stuart at 301-879-0085.