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HAROLD GUNN Journalism SCHOLARSHIP Application

Scholarship Summary

The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), in partnership with the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Scholarship (TIPA) Committee, will award two (2) $1,000 scholarships to four-year college/university undergraduate applicants.

TAWA works in conjunction with the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) to identify the best and brightest college journalism students in the State of Texas.

TIPA was founded in 1909 with the original meeting at Baylor University, and is now the oldest state collegiate press association in the nation. It has grown into one of the largest and most respected collegiate groups in the country.

Its objectives are to improve college journalism, to raise the standard of college publications and to bring the colleges and editors into closer and more vital relationship.

Each year, TIPA presents a minimum of nine scholarships to students during the annual spring convention. One student from each member institution is eligible to apply for a TIPA scholarship.

Scholarship recipients will be announced at the TIPA Spring Convention awards ceremony and     will receive their scholarship from a TAWA representatives at that time.

Applications are considered based on criteria listed and without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age or religion. Members or relatives of members of the Scholarship Selection Committee are not eligible.

To be considered for the Harold Gunn Journalism Scholarship please follow the directions below.


* Each member school in good standing with Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) may    nominate one student for consideration by the Scholarship Committee.

* Must be a 4-Year College/University Undergraduate Applicant.

* Applicants must be a junior at the member school at the time of application.

* Dedication to pursuing a career in journalism

* Service to college/university student media

* Five (5) examples of work that applicant deems appropriate to represent his/her abilities.              Special consideration will be given to students demonstrating an interest in the automotive field.

* Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 for TAWA scholarships.

* All applicants’ GPA must be confirmed by college/university registrar with a copy of applicant’s      official transcript which has the college/university seal embossed on it or stamped by registrar.

* Two letters of recommendation. One must be from the student media adviser.

* A letter from the applicant attesting to his/her dedication to pursuing a career in journalism and    attesting to his/her service to college/university student media.


* Applicants should follow TIPA rules for submitting examples of their work. Scholarship                  Committee members will consider the quality (not quantity) of work submitted.

* Applicants should submit materials which do not have to be returned. Photo copies of work are    accepted. All printed materials, including clips should be (reduce if necessary) to 8 ½ x 11-inch      format. If clips are larger than 8 ½ x 11, please reduce them via photo copy, etc. to requested          size.


* Application packets must be postmarked no later than MARCH 1.

* No application materials postmarked after this date will be accepted.

Send all Materials To:

TIPA Scholarships

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Box 4104

Commerce, TX 75429

Attn: Fred Stewart, TIPA executive director


The Texas Auto Writers Association, Inc. was founded in 1987 by automotive journalists who wanted to provide other writers an avenue for professional growth, development, and networking.

These professionals sought to create an automotive event that was unique to Texas. The result was the Texas Truck Rodeo. It is now a nationally known event attended by a variety of automotive manufacturers and renowned journalists from all over the United States. Writers drive dozens of crossovers, SUVs, and trucks to determine the winners of several categories and crown the “SUV of Texas” and the “Truck of Texas.”

In 2003, TAWA created an event for sedans, sports cars, and other vehicles not eligible for the Truck Rodeo. The TAWA Spring Challenge, as it was originally known, was held in the Texas Hill Country near Austin. The Texas Auto Roundup, as the event is called today, takes place at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.


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