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Published:December 14th, 2005 09:40 EST
The NPPA Offers it's Student Members Scholarships

The NPPA Offers it's Student Members Scholarships

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Dear NPPA student member,

Win $1000 cash to produce a picture story and a $9,000 scholarship
to study photojournalism in England next Fall semester at the Syracuse
University London Centre from the Alexia Foundation for World Peace and Cultural Understanding.  The deadline is Feb. 1. Four other students will win $500 cash and smaller scholarships.

To enter, all you have to do is write a 750 word proposal for a picture
story you want to produce, and submit the proposal, your portfolio, and
a resume on our web site. To enter, go to our website,
<http://www.alexiafoundation.org>, go to Student Rules, and find the
link under  the "To Enter" section in the rules.

The winners get the cash grants even if they cannot accept the
scholarships to study photojournalism in London for the Fall Semester of 2006.

The Alexia Foundation provides cash grants to enable photographers to
have the financial ability to produce picture stories that further the oundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.

You may propose a story from anywhere in the world, but we encourage
you to consider stories that explore cultural understanding in or near
you local community. We do not discourage proposals on foreign topics,
but the judges give no extra weight to foreign topics, and indeed, think
that you are more likely to complete a story near home than one abroad.

The grants are available to undergrad and graduate students. If you
have any questions please email Alexia Grant Administrator David
Sutherland: <">dcsuther@syr.edu>

More detailsThe following information is from the Alexia Foundation web site:</" target="_blank">http://www.alexiafoundation.org>

Please see the web site for more information and complete rules.

Student Awards

First Place: A $9,000 scholarship toward tuition, fees and living
expenses to study photojournalism in London in the fall semester through the Syracuse University Division of International Programs Abroad; A grant of $1,000 for completing the proposed picture story. An additional $500 will be awarded to the sponsoring academic department.

Second Place: A $6,000 scholarship toward tuition, fees and living
expenses to study photojournalism in London this Fall through the Syracuse University Div. of International Programs Abroad; A grant of $500 for completing the proposed picture story.

Awards of Special Recognition: Three scholarships of $1,600 toward
tuition, fees and living expenses to study photojournalism in London this Fall through the Syracuse University Division of International Programs Abroad, and three grants of $500 for completing the proposed picture stories.

For more information about the Syracuse University Program in London
see <http://sumweb.syr.edu/dipa/>, or call 1-800-235-3472 or e-mail
<suabroad@syr.edu>.

Eligibility

Applicants must be duly enrolled full-time students in an accredited
college or university in the U.S. or abroad in a degree program at the
time of application. Graduate and undergraduate students are eligible. No student who has completed more than three internships or a year of
fulltime professional experience is eligible.  Those students should enter the professional competition. Professional competition details at the Alexia Foundation website <http://www.alexiafoundation.org>

Timeline for students who enter the Alexia Competition:

Feb. 1: Submit your proposal for a picture story that will increase
cultural understanding or promote world peace. It's our concept that
better understanding of our many different cultures will in the long run, promote world peace. We encourage stories that can be done in your own community, although we do not discourage any proposals that further our goals.

So you submit your proposal and a portfolio of your work by Feb. 1 to
be judged. Your portfolio can have photos that relate to the subject of
your proposal or they might all be unrelated. The purpose of the
portfolio is to prove to the judges that you have the skill to produce
quality photographs on the topic you have proposed.

The most important part of your entry is your proposal. Your portfolio
could be the very best entered, but if your proposal is poor, good
pictures in a portfolio will not be enough to make you a winner. The judges read all proposals before they ever see your photos. They select their top story ideas, and then look at portfolios. The winners are those students who have strong story proposals and show portfolios that indicate they have at least enough skill to produce the story.

Third week of February:  Judges meet at Syracuse University to select
winners. Winners are notified and announced immediately after the
judging.

March: Website announces winners. Cash grant checks for first and
second place and 3 Award of Excellence winners are mailed in early March. This cash grant is to be used to produce the story you proposed.

August: Student winners go to London to study photojournalism (and
other topics as full time students) at the Syracuse University London
Centre.

October:  Your story should be finished and delivered to the
Foundation. We are rather lenient about the deadline as long as you keep us informed about what is happening. If you need more time, we are very agreeable to allowing it. We want to be sure you have the opportunity to make the best story you can. But it is important to keep us informed. Obviously, if your story is a local story in your community, it should be completed before you leave for London.