To honor the courageous men and women who risk their lives to report from the world’s most dangerous places, the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia) has established the James Foley Memorial Scholarship in memory of the photojournalist and UMass Amherst alumnus who was executed while covering the war in Syria. Foley, a New Hampshire native, was a 2003 graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers.
The $5,000 photojournalism scholarship covers tuition, program fees and meals for participation in ieiMedia’s Urbino, Italy program, jointly sponsored by James Madison University and Iowa State University. The recipient will work with two award-winning photojournalists in an experiential program that runs during June 2015. The recipient must pay airfare.
To enter the competition, applicants should submit a link to an online photographic portfolio as well as a short letter explaining why an international reporting experience is important for their education. The portfolio should be well organized and show evidence of curiosity about other groups or cultures. The letter should not exceed 300 words.
The judging will be done by a jury of professional photojournalists including former White House photographer and Washington Post staff photographer Susan Biddle as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin.
The deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2015
Apply on line at www.ieiMedia.com.