Pennsylvania Women's Press Association


The application period for our 2015 scholarship has closed. Please start planning for next year’s contest, and consider joining us as a student member today!

Or, if you’re interested in becoming a PWPA member, click here.

2013 PWPA scholarship winner Abbey Zelko stands with past President JoAnne Harrop (left) and senior writer Elizabeth Merrill (right). Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association

Each year the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association offers a $1,500 scholarship to a print journalism student.

The winner of the 2013 Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship is Abbey Zelko (above, center), a Harrisburg native and senior at Indiana (Pa.) University. Zelko stands with past PWPA President JoAnne Harrop (left) and senior writer Elizabeth Merrill (right). Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

PWPA chooses its scholarship winner on the basis of proven journalistic ability, dedication to a newspaper career and general merit. Men and women are eligible.

To apply for the 2015 scholarship you must:

  • Be a resident of Pennsylvania.
  • Study print journalism in a baccalaureate or graduate-level program at a Pennsylvania college or university.
  • Be classified as a junior, senior or graduate student in the fall of 2014.
  • Be a student member of PWPA.
  • Be able to attend the PWPA luncheon on May 30 in Gettysburg.

Applications for the scholarship must include:

  • A 500-word essay summarizing your interest in journalism, your career plans and any other information about why you should receive this scholarship.
  • Clippings of published work from school newspapers or other publications. Please include the name of the publications in which these clips appeared. Photocopies are acceptable.
  • A copy of your current college transcript.
  • An optional statement of financial need.

Applications lacking any of the above information will be considered incomplete and will be rejected.

To apply for the scholarship, click here. The deadline to enter is by the end of the day on Friday, April 10.

Hotel accommodations for the PWPA luncheon weekend may be requested.

Our Mission

To promote high standards in journalism; to provide exchange of journalistic trends and experience; to advance in careers in journalism, to coordinate opinion on matters of state and national interest to journalists, in particular, those of women.