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Home > Grants > Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships

Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships

Application deadline: May 12, 2014

Harper SPJ will award scholarships to the Excellence in Journalism conference in memory of Terry Harper, SPJ’s executive director from 2002 to 2009. Terry passed away on June 2, 2009 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. At the young age of 45, he left behind a loving wife, two teenage sons and an SPJ family that loved and respected him. As executive director, one of Terry’s highest priorities was the development of high-caliber training opportunities for SPJ members. In honor of Terry’s lasting efforts to improve SPJ and the entire journalism community, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation set up a memorial fund following his death. With a generous outpouring of support, the Society can now proudly provide scholarships to SPJ members to attend its annual convention.

Harper Specifically, the scholarships will provide the following:
— A convention registration
— Three nights stay at the convention hotel, the Nashville Opryland Hotel
— Airfare to Nashville, Tenn. (Up to $250)
— One ticket to the RTDNA Paul White Awards Reception and one ticket to the SPJ President’s Installation Banquet

To be eligible for the scholarship:
— Be an active member of SPJ.
— Have contributed to SPJ on the local, regional and/or national level — Be a working, professional journalist.

Applications are due May 12, 2014. The selection of the scholarship winners will be made by the Harper Memorial Scholarship Committee. Applicants will be notified by May 31, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Vachon at 317-927-8000 x 207 or

Please Note: Previous recipients of a Terry Harper Memorial Scholarship are not eligible to apply.

Application Form


SPJ Member Number



SPJ member since

Chapter name (if applicable)



Describe your participation in SPJ/your contributions to SPJ (past and current).

How would you like to contribute/participate in SPJ in the future?

Why do you want to attend the Excellence in Journalism Conference and what do you expect to gain from your experience?

Are you affiliated with any other journalism organizations? If so, please describe your role in those organization(s).

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