Scholarship Fund 2017

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Founded in 1918, the Foreign Press Association (“FPA”) is the oldest association of journalists in the United States of America.

The Foreign Press Association Scholarship Awards were founded on the 75th Anniversary of the FPA’s formation to encourage the pursuit of a career in journalism by the next generation of foreign correspondents.


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This years scholarship applicants were asked to provide either a written OP-ED or a multimedia piece on the following subject:

“Globally, there is evidence of an ideological and moral struggle. The old divide, between left and right, is giving way to a contest between globalists and nationalists.  Adding additional fuel to these burning issues are refugees – casualties of the political/religious conflicts – along with victims of the fastest growing global criminal enterprise – human trafficking.

As we observe the demise of one world order and set of moral standards with the birth of another, in your opinion, is it the role of the international media to shine a light on the great moral and societal issues of our times, not to sensationalize, but to hold accountable the governments, decision makers and civil society?”

FPA 2017 Scholarship Winners

Jingnan Huo
1st Place Award $10,000
Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism – Read Jignan’s op-ed

Jingnan is a Chinese multimedia storyteller currently getting her master in journalism degree in Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism. During her time in Medill, she reported on general affairs … Read more

Shen Lu
2nd Place Award $7,000
Northwestern University Medill School of JournalismRead Shen’s op-ed

Shen Lu is a student in the Medill School of Journalism studying business and economics reporting. She is a Chinese village kid in the process of becoming a global citizen, thanks to journalism. Read more

Riham Alkousaa
Joint 3rd Place Award $2,500
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism – Read Riham’s op-ed
Marcos Martinez
Joint 3rd Place Award $2,500
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism – Read Marcos’ op-ed
Riham Alkousaa is a Syrian journalist. She received her BA in journalism from Damascus University as the top honor student for 2012. In Syria, she worked as a news editor and a reporter for several local and Arabic media … Read more

Marcos Martinez is an investigative reporter focused in Latin American political and governmental affairs. Marcos is committed to uncovering corruption and wrongdoing in public and private entities … Read more

The Awardees are young journalists who demonstrate through their work and accomplishments to date, the leading role that they will be playing in reporting the news of tomorrow.

The four winners are international students currently enrolled in graduate schools of journalism in the United States. The FPA Scholarship Awards will take place on Thursday, 19th of May in New York City.

The Scholarship Fund Awards are made possible through the generous financial support of members and major corporations.

For more information regarding the FPA Scholarship Fund or attending the Awards on Thursday May 19th, please contact the FPA Events Team at: