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WJEA Scholarships, Awards and Grants

Each year, the WJEA seeks to recognize some of Washington’s top educators and students through a variety of awards. Most applications are available for download as PDF files, which require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Washington State Outstanding Journalist Award-Lu Flannery Scholarship 2017
One journalism senior (newspaper, yearbook or broadcast) is awarded this honor, plus $2,000 is applied to tuition at the college of his/her choice. Advisers of all applicants must be WJEA members.

Washington State Journalist of the Year-Robin Morris Scholarship 2017
One journalism senior (newspaper, yearbook or broadcast) is awarded this honor, plus $2,000 is applied to tuition at the college of his/her choice. The winner is Washington’s entry into the JEA National High School Journalist of the Year competition. Advisers of all applicants must be WJEA members.

WJEA Summer Workshop Study Grants
WJEA Summer Workshop study grants in journalism are awarded to students in grades 8-11.

Fern Valentine Freedom of Expression Award
One adviser (newspaper, yearbook or broadcast) receives a $500 cash award for fighting censorship issues and maintaining student free speech. Only members are eligible.

WJEA Adviser Scholarship 2017
Members may apply for a $750 study grant to attend a summer workshop. One grant is given to an experienced adviser and one to a new adviser with three or fewer years of service.

WJEA adviser of the year 2017
From nominations made by student editors and/or principals, a committee chooses the outstanding advisers, who are announced at the spring conference in March. Only members are eligible.

Administrator of the Year


Dorothy McPhillips Award Recipients for this award are nominated by members through the board – it is the WJEA’s highest honor. 

2012 Joy Lessard, WJEA’s Dorothy McPhillips Award, WJEA’s highest honor. This award is presented only when an individual has made significant contributions to Scholastic Journalism over time. Joy, who advises newspaper and yearbook at Ellensburg High School, has trained countless new advisers during her Beginning Advising session at WJEA summer workshops. Joy will retire at the end of this school year, but has agreed to participate in the national JEA Mentorship Program, and will continue to work with new advisers year-round.
20xx Kathy Schrier, MJE, Washington News Council
2005 Robin Morris, MJE, Richland HS (retired)
1995 Fern Valentine, MJE, Auburn HS (retired)
19xx Lu Flannery, Lincoln HS (retired)


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