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NFPW Education Fund

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NFPW members bid on items at the Silent Auction in Alaska. (Photo by Lori Potter)

The NFPW Education Fund, established in 1981 as a separate corporation organized to provide a channel for NFPW's educational projects, affords members and supporters the opportunity to aid educational and professional development projects through contributions.

The Education Fund sponsors the annual high school communications contest and offers grants to NFPW members for professional development training or education. Education Fund first-timer grant applications are also considered annually to facilitate an NFPW member's ability to attend the national conference.

Making A Donation

Contributions to the Education Fund help ensure that the foundation of support for NFPW members and high school students established more than 30 years ago continues to be strengthened.

You can make a general gift or designate a gift for targeted support. Such contributions:

  • Support programs like the high school communication contest;
  • Help sponsor the youth luncheon at the NFPW conference;
  • Contribute to first-timer grants;
  • Provide a specified endowment for the NFPW Education Fund Award of Excellence which recognizes an exceptional high school contest winner whose entry is judged best overall.

How Your Donation Helps

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NFPW's Best of the Best for 2015 was presented to Ivana Giang of Lakota East (Ohio) High School for her award-winning article from The Spark. The Spark also received an award, which Sandi Latimore presented to advisor Dean Hume on behalf of the NFPW Education Fund. (Photo courtesy Sandi Latimore)

Whether giving to preserve the lasting value of NFPW or to honor a family member or friend, your gift will further the legacy of our 77-year-old organization. There are several ways to contribute.*

  • Cash, check or credit card — as an outright gift or through a multi-year pledge.
  • Memorial or tribute.
  • Bequests — in your will in the form of money.
  • Life insurance — designate NFPW as the beneficiary.
  • Add an Education Fund donation to annual membership renewal.

You can make a donation online, or send your donation by mail to:

Cathy Koon
Education Fund Treasurer
43 East Third South
St. Anthony, ID 83445


NFPW Education Programs

NFPW Education Grants

NFPW Education Fund grants help to fund education opportunities for NFPW members and students. It is funded through contributions from NFPW members. The fund operates as an entity separate from NFPW and awards two types of grants:

  • Professional Development Grants help underwrite the cost of non-NFPW conferences and seminars for a limited number of applicants who seek to sharpen their professional skills. Applications are reviewed as they are received. Download the application: (docx/doc)
  • First-Timer Conference Grants are awarded annually to enable an NFPW member to attend and NFPW conference for the first time. Download the application: (docx/doc)

A list of NFPW Education Fund officers and e-mail addresses are listed on the History & Governance page in the NFPW member section.


High School Communications Contest

The NFPW High School Communications Contest, one of only a few nationwide communications competitions for high school students, inspires students to do outstanding work in their quest for excellence. Each national award winner receives a handsome award certificate, while each first-place national entry is awarded a $100 cash prize. Honors are presented during the High School Communications Contest Awards Luncheon at the annual NFPW Communications Conference.

This contest is endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Dow Jones announces first-place winners and promotes the competition in its publication distributed to journalism advisers across the nation, giving students and their teachers/advisers local and nationwide recognition.

NFPW High School Communications Award of Excellence

NFPW has established an award to honor the high school student who submits the entry chosen by judges as overall best among the national first-place winners. To honor "the best of the best," $500 and an award to be displayed in a classroom or showcase will be presented to the award-winning student's high school journalism/communications program. The student is also recognized along with all of the other national high school winners present at the annual NFPW communications conference.

For more information about the NFPW Education Fund High School Contest, visit highSchoolContest.php.