Apply now for IPC’s Don Watkins student, mid-career scholarships

Deadline is Feb. 15

By Joan Cartan-Hansen

Need money for that professional training? Have a great idea for a story and no funds to get it to print or on the air? The Idaho Press Club can help.

The Don Watkins Mid-Career Scholarship awards $500 for any Idaho Press Club member to use 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. The only catch: 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. Any Press Club member is eligible for this scholarship.

To apply, send your resume and a proposal for how you would spend the money, via e-mail, to Applications are due Feb. 15 of each year. The winner is announced at the Press Club’s annual awards banquet in April. 

The Idaho Press Club offers scholarships for college students too. Graduates of Idaho high schools who have completed at least one year of college and wish to pursue a career in journalism or communications are eligible for up to $1,500. Full-time students majoring in journalism or working for a college or professional media outlet are also eligible to apply.

If interested, submit a one-page resume; a 500-word essay explaining your interest in a journalism or communications career; samples of your journalistic work, whether published or unpublished; and a copy of your transcripts, including GPA, through the most recent fall term. Applications may be submitted electronically via email to If you have video files, please upload them to YouTube or a similar site and send the link.  The deadline is also Feb. 15.

For more information about either scholarship, call IPC Executive Director Martha Borchers at (208) 389-2879, or contact her by e-mail at

Joan Cartan-Hansen is a producer, reporter and writer for Idaho Public Television; a former Idaho Press Club president, she’s also the treasurer of the Idaho Press Club board.