Scholarships/Awards

S1: Michael Dunlap Excellence in Journalism Awards for Seniors

This award is in honor of longtime JEMKC leader and adviser Michael Dunlap, who passed away on Aug. 2, 2010. Michael held every leadership position in JEMKC, and his passion for helping student journalists excel inspired everyone he met. This award not only honors Michael’s memory, it also recognizes those student journalists who have demonstrated excellence on their publication. Three $500 scholarships are sponsored by JEMKC and are partially funded by a memorial established in Michael’s name. Get Application and Instructions

S2: Bill Garrett Photojournalism Award for Seniors

This award was established in 1997 to honor Bill Garrett, a former Kansas Citian and award-winning photojournalist. Garrett was raised on 39th Street near Summit in Kansas City, Mo. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Garrett received numerous awards for photography including a NPPA award for “distinguished service to the profession of journalism.” He was also named Magazine Photographer of the Year in 1968 for his coverage of the Vietnam War. One of Garrett’s greatest achievements was his tenure at National Geographic, where he worked for 36 years, including 10 years as editor. Since leaving National Geographic in 1990, he  concentrated on environmental preservation projects until he passed away in 2016. This is an award for general excellence in photojournalism.

The number of awards and prize money will be based entries. Winners will receive a plaque and $150 in prize money, with other winners receiving certificates and up to $50 in prize money. Get Application and Instructions

S3: Opal Heatherly Writing Award for Seniors

This award was established to honor Opal Heatherly, who retired from teaching in 1978 and passed away in 1985. Heatherly was the newspaper and yearbook adviser at Westport High School in Kansas City, Mo. She was an active and enthusiastic member of JEMKC. This award, presented in her honor, is intended to encourage excellence in writing.

The number of awards and prize money will be based entries. The first place winner for newspaper and the first place winner for yearbook will receive a plaque and $150 in prize money, with other winners receiving certificates and up to $50 in prize money. Get Application and Instructions

S4: Sarah Ellen Campbell Media Workshop Scholarships for Juniors

JEMKC established this journalism scholarship in honor of Sarah Ellen Campbell, who founded our organization. The late Miss Campbell retired in 1971 from William Chrisman High School in Independence after 49 years of teaching. The Kansas City Star will donate two $150 scholarships this year for a summer media workshop. One scholarship will be awarded to a student in newspaper journalism and one to a student in yearbook journalism. Get Application and Instructions

S5: Ron Clemons Editorial Leadership Award

The Ron Clemons Editorial Leadership Award is presented to a newspaper staff that has shown a concerted effort to use its publishing power to clearly inform and educate its student body. This award recognizes the efforts of Ron Clemons, retired Truman High School adviser.  Throughout his career, his staffs were recognized for editorial leadership. The winning school will receive a plaque for their classroom. Get Application and Instructions