Apply for Don Watkins scholarships

By Joan Cartan-Hansen

Have an idea for a special project, want to attend a conference or get some specialized training but can’t afford it?  The Idaho Press Club can help.

Each year, the Idaho Press Club offers the Mid-Career Scholarship.  Any member of the Idaho Press Club can apply for $500 and use the funds for any training or project that will improve the working press in Idaho. This could include going to a conference you have wanted to attend or funding toward travel on that enterprise story you have been working on for months.

Two things to remember: You must share what you learn with Press Club members through a discussion at a conference or an article in an upcoming edition of the Communicator and the money is awarded as a reimbursement for costs incurred.  The deadline for the application is Feb. 15.

The Idaho Press Club is also looking for a few good up and coming journalists.  Full time Idaho college and university students who plan to pursue a career in journalism or communication are eligible to apply for a scholarship worth up to $1500.  The deadline for the Don Watkins Memorial Scholarship is also Feb. 15. Check out the details for both scholarships on the Idaho Press Club website,

Joan Cartan-Hansen is a producer and host for Idaho Public Television, a former Idaho Press Club president, and is the current treasurer on the Idaho Press Club board.