Scholarship Lead: John Curley Scholarship to Attend UNITY Conference

UnityFor the third year in a row, AAJA-Philadelphia will help pay the expenses for one member to go to the annual convention. Our ability to do so comes from the kind generosity of our donor, John Curley, the former president, chairman and CEO of the Gannett company, who has been teaching at Penn State University (although he’s officially retired!) and who has been a strong supporter of the Philadelphia chapter of AAJA.

WHAT: The chapter will reimburse the selected member up to $1,000 in expenses to attend the UNITY convention. These expenses include the registration fee for the convention, airfare, and hotel costs. (To cut down on costs, please consider rooming with someone.) We will not be reimbursing for meals, taxis or other local transportation unless your other costs are less than $1,000 total. In that case, we will reimburse these other expenses for a total of up to $1,000 as long as you have the receipts.


  • You must be a current dues-paying AAJA-Philly chapter member to apply.
  • We will consider current students or professionals who are trying to establish themselves in the journalism field.
  • Send a one-page essay telling the AAJA-Philly board why you want to go to the convention, how you think you will benefit from it, and why you need help with the expenses. E-mail your essay to:

DEADLINE: Apply by the end of the day, Friday, May 25, 2012. AAJA-Philly board members will review all applications and announce the scholarship winner on Monday, June 4. Expenses will be reimbursed in the form of a check after the convention. You must register for the convention by June 29th, attend the convention and give us copies of your receipts. (If a board member wants to apply, he/she will not be part of the judging process.)


The winning applicant will also be required to:

  • Attend the chapter presidents’ meeting at the convention on behalf of the AAJA-Philly president. This will likely occur on the Saturday morning of the convention.
  • Give an informal talk at the AAJA-Philly September chapter meeting, currently scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sept. 15, about what you learned at the convention.
  • Assist in the planning, organizing or day-of duties for a digital journalism training session that AAJA-Philly is planning for October or November.

MORE INFORMATION: For more info about the convention, visit:

To see the registration-fee schedule, visit:

(The student registration fee through June 29 is $225; for professionals, it is $400.)

We encourage everyone who wants to go and who needs help with expenses to apply for this!