The Society of Professional Journalists Foundation, a nonprofit scholarship fund supporting student achievement and commitment to future careers in journalism, has negotiated a settlement with the estate of the late Connecticut Post reporter James G. Clark.

The foundation has received $5,000 from Clark's sister, Carol, to purchase its share of a one-quarter interest in a condominium in Florida. The foundation, along with the Bridgeport Public Library and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra, were among the beneficiaries of Clark's estate.

The donation will be added to the SPJ Foundation/ Bob Eddy Scholarship Program investment fund which each year awards thousands of dollars in five scholarships to students studying for careers in journalism at Connecticut universities, or as residents of Connecticut at out-of-state schools. Current scholarship funds are in memory of Bob Eddy, former publisher of the Hartford Courant; Richard Peck, former columnist and city editor of the Connecticut Post; Clark; and Pat Child, former videographer for WTNH-TV.

For information on making a donation to the SPJ Foundation, contact President Cindy Simoneau, or (203) 400-0454.

Bob Eddy Scholarship Program
The Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Foundation Inc., is a non-profit organization that supports, through its trust fund, students planning careers in journalism.

The late Mr. Eddy was publisher and editor of The Hartford Courant and founder of the Connecticut Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, which created the foundation.

The late Mr. Richard Peck, who was the city editor of The Connecticut Post, was a mentor to many young journalists throughout his long career as a newspaperman.

The late Mr. James Clark was a longtime member of the Connecticut SPJ Scholarship Committee, a former president of SPJ, and a fervent supporter of student journalism programs during his lifetime.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Applicant must start their junior or senior year in the fall.
  • Attend a 4-year accredited college in Connecticut or be a Connecticut resident enrolled in a 4-year college in any state or country. (You must have a connection to Connecticut.)
  • Provide registrar-signed transcripts of all academic courses completed in advanced study following high school.
  • Fill out an application form.
  • Submit writing samples, tapes or related work in any media that shows an interest and competency in journalism.
  • Write a 500-word essay, double-spaced and typed. Tell us why you want to become a journalist, describing your career goals and how the scholarship would help you realize them. Be specific about how the award would offset your expenses and how it relates to other financial support you receive.

  How to apply...

Simply download the application, complete and mail to the address below by the April 4th deadline.

2009 Winners

Debra A. Estock
Eddy Peck Scholarship Committee
Home: 203.255.2127
Work: 212.683.5700 x364

Please send application requests to:
71 Kenwood Ave.
Fairfield, CT 06824

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* Five scholarships will be awarded. One each in the amount of:

      > $2,000      > $1,500
      > $1,000      > $250
      > $250