The Religion Newswriters Foundation, the charitable arm of the Religion Newswriters Association, is accepting applications for the Lilly Scholarships in Religion program from journalists interested in taking college courses in religion or spirituality. The program is designed to give journalists a deeper understanding of religion so that the public can benefit from better, more informed religion reporting in the non-religious news media.
The foundation will award scholarships of up to $5,000 to journalists from the United States and Canada to take religion courses at any accredited college, university, or seminary. The program is open to all full-time journalists working in general-circulation news media, including reporters, editors, designers, copy editors, editorial writers, news directors, researchers, and producers. Journalists may choose any religion, spirituality, or ethics course.
Scholarships can cover expenses related to tuition, registration, parking, and books. Online and distance-learning classes also are eligible, although in some cases travel expenses will not be covered.. Scholarships must be used within three months of the award date.
See the Religion Newswriters Association Web site for eligibility and application guidelines.