ROBERT NOVAK JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Four years after The Phillips Foundation’s founding in 1990, we inaugurated our Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program to award annual fellowships to young print and online journalists to undertake writing projects supportive of American culture, a free society, and free markets. Our new Fellows are introduced each May at an awards banquet at the National Press Club before a distinguished audience of journalists, policy leaders and other influential figures. We introduced 7 new Fellows at our 20th annual awards banquet on May 7, 2013. We have awarded 117 fellowships since 1994 to promising young journalists. Our Fellows are making an impact in American journalism on the editorial pages of leading newspapers and magazines, as groundbreaking reporters, and as editors and authors. Robert Novak, a founding trustee, provided the inspiration for the program which we renamed in his honor following his passing in the summer of 2009.
In 1999, we established the Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program to provide renewable scholarships to college undergraduates who demonstrate leadership on behalf of freedom, American values and constitutional principles. Far too often the institutional and financial advantages provided by colleges go to students hostile to American ideals. Our merit-based scholarship program helps provide a level playing field. Through renewable scholarships of $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000, our program allows exceptional students more opportunities to lead by example and initiative and have a much greater impact. We have awarded more than 500 scholarships since inception of the program, including 51 students for the 2012-2013 academic year. These scholarship winners include students from many different backgrounds attending a variety of schools across the country. Each is a rising star and a catalyst for change on campus and in the community. For many, our help made the critical difference in being able to remain in school and be a leader-activist. Unfortunately, this program was shut-down after scholarships were awarded for 2012-2013 due to lack of funding.
The Phillips Foundation’s fellowship and scholarship programs have awarded more than $6 million in fellowships and scholarships. Our programs truly are making a difference by nurturing a new generation of responsible journalists and future American leaders in the private and public sectors.