PLAINFIELD, NJ - A reader alerted TAPinto Plainfield to a summer scholarship opportunity, entering its sixteenth year, that takes place at New Jersey's Princeton University.

The 2017 Princeton University Summer Journalism Program is open through Feb. 24th, and accepts up to forty high school students from low-income backgrounds to the Princeton campus. 

The goal of the program is "to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism."

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Features of the scholarship program include:

  • Classes taught by reporters and editors from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and more.
  • Tours of The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast and Bloomberg.
  • Covering a professional sports event and news events in the Princeton area.  
  • Filming and producing a TV segment.
  • Reporting, writing and editing the student newspaper, The Princeton Summer Journal, which is published on the program's last day.

To be considered, applicants must be a junior in high school in the United States, must have a 3.5 grade point average, have an interest in journalism, and the combined income of parents/guardians must not exceed $45,000.

The ten-day program will begin on Aug. 4th.  All expenses are paid.

The application can be filled out online HERE.