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NGLTF Announces Feb. 15 Application Deadline for Second Round of Messenger-Anderson Scholarships

Date: 
December 15, 2000

Four scholarships to be awarded for GLBT journalism students; program seeks more balanced media coverage of GLBT movement

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force today announced a Feb. 15, 2000 deadline to submit applications for the NGLTF Messenger-Anderson Scholarships. The NGLTF Messenger-Anderson Scholarship Program next year will award four $5,000 scholarships to high school seniors or undergraduate college students who plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in journalism at an accredited four-year college or university.

The NGLTF Messenger-Anderson Scholarship was established by Larry Messenger and Jim Anderson in memory of Lawrence and Selina Messenger. "The Messengers believed that there is a pressing need to encourage gay and lesbian people to become more involved in shaping media coverage," explained NGLTF Executive Director Elizabeth Toledo. "Fair coverage of issues important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community depends upon the basic premise that all of us are created equally. But media coverage today often begins with the discriminatory notion that equality for GLBT people is somehow a matter for debate. By encouraging GLBT students to pursue journalism and by assisting them with their studies, the Task Force hopes to improve the way the GLBT communities and movement are covered."

During each year of the program's duration, four Messenger-Anderson scholarships will be available at a rate of $5,000 the first year, renewable at $2,500 the next two years for a possible total award of $10,000.

Winners are required to participate in a paid Messenger-Anderson Scholarship Intern Program at NGLTF offices in Washington, D.C. or New York City during the summer of 2001. To download scholarship guidelines and an application, please visit www.ngltf.org/about/messenger.htm. For questions about the scholarship, email delliot@ngltf.org. No phone calls, please.

Applications for the NGLTF Messenger-Anderson Scholarship Fund must be postmarked by Feb. 15, 2001. Winners will be announced this spring, and the awards will be distributed in August 2001. A committee of working journalists, communications specialists and GLBT activists will select the winners. The scholarship competition is only open to undergraduate college students and to graduating high school seniors. Applicants must be pursuing a bachelor's degree in journalism. In instances where colleges or universities do not offer such a degree, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are pursuing a career in either journalism or communications advocacy.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.