$2,500 W.H. Metz Newspaper Management Scholarship

The application deadline is Friday, March 29, 2024

The W.H. Metz Newspaper Management Scholarship each year goes to a student planning a career in newspaper management.

William H. (Bill) Metz was president of APA when the Journalism Foundation was founded in 1968. In Alabama, he worked as vice president of The Birmingham Post-Herald and assistant general manager of The Birmingham News.

Applicants must be nominated by a faculty member and must upload a letter of recommendation. The nomination letter should discuss applicant’s experience and management potential in news and other media operations of a newspaper.

The application also must include the student’s resume, college transcript and the nominee’s one-page explanation of interest in newspaper management.

The scholarship is open to rising seniors enrolled in a university or college in Alabama. Students who have declared a major in journalism or advertising will show a commitment to newspaper work, and students who major in other subjects and who have worked at newspapers or on high school or college newspaper staffs also will be considered.

The scholarship is offered without regard to race, sex, religion or national origin. Minority students are encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to applicants who say they plan to work in management of newspapers in Alabama.

The application must be submitted no later than Friday, March 29, 2024. Applications will be reviewed by the APA Journalism Foundation Board of Directors, and a winner, if selected, will be notified in May. A check for the scholarship will be sent directly to the student in September 2024, after the scholarship recipient sends verification of enrollment in the fall semester or winter quarter to the APA office. The Foundation board may choose not to award a scholarship.

The Alabama Press Association Journalism Foundation is a non-profit educational foundation established by Alabama newspaper executives in 1968. It is an affiliate of the Alabama Press Association, the state trade organization of daily and weekly newspapers. One of the APA leaders responsible for establishing the Foundation was the late W.H. Metz, former president of the Birmingham Post-Herald and vice president of The Birmingham News Co. He was also known for his interest in journalism education. In 1968, Mr. Metz was president of APA. The W.H. Metz Newspaper Management Scholarship was first awarded during the 1988-89 school year.