Joanne Norris Scholarship

Welcome to the Joanne Norris Scholarship.

Joanne Norris was an award-winning journalist for the Redding Record-Searchlight and the Long Beach Press Telegram, among others. Her career began in the 50s, at a time when relatively few women were journalists, and she dedicated her exploration to go beyond "puff piece" assignments into deeper concerns, including sexism, racism and bias. Joanne understood that honest journalism means examining a story from every angle, unafraid of where the facts will lead, and presenting it with respect for the immutable value of the truth.

Award: One student will be awarded $1,000; (nonrenewable) to be paid directly to their college or university admissions office.

The scholarship application deadline is Dec 31, 2021. The awarded student will be contacted by us in January 2022.


All applicants should:

  • Be a high school senior
  • Currently have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Submit a short essay (details below)

To Apply:

Please send all applications to

To be considered, please email us:

  1. Name (First & last)
  2. Email address
  3. Phone number
  4. Street Address, City, State and Zip Code.
  5. Birth date
  6. Current High School
  7. College you plan on attending
  8. Degree you are seeking
  9. Current GPA (cumulative)
  10. How did you hear about the scholarship?
  11. Your essay.

Please make your essay approximately 500 words in length. In your own words, please tell us "What is the role of the press in a free society?"

Privacy Policy: has a Privacy Policy for all submissions. These submissions will be exclusively for our use. No third parties will be granted access to applicants contact information which we collect during this process. At the time of the deadline, we will then evaluate all submissions and contact the selected applicant.

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