Magazine article The Quill

SPJ, SDX Help Students Displaced by Hurricane

Magazine article The Quill

SPJ, SDX Help Students Displaced by Hurricane

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The Society of Professional Journalists and its supporting foundation, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, are making up to $25,000 available to journalism students who are forced to relocate to another college or university due to Hurricane Katrina.

Students whose schools in the hurricane-affected areas have shut down and are admitted to other schools this semester will qualify for a one-time $250 grant from the foundation to help replace books and study materials lost in the hurricane and subsequent flooding. The Society will administer the fund. Membership in SPJ is not a requirement to qualify for this assistance.

As of press time, 12 students had received a grant.

"We commend the colleges and universities across the nation that are opening their doors to the thousands of students whose lives have been turned upside down by this natural disaster," said Irwin Gratz, the Society's president and Morning Edition producer for Maine Public Broadcasting.

"The Society of Professional Journalists is fortunate that its educational foundation has the resources to provide some measure of relief during this time when our nation needs to pull together and do all it can to help its citizens in need."

"It is one of the missions of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation to serve the needs of students and I can't think of a time when the need has been greater," said Todd Gillman, Sigma Delta Chi Foundation president and Washington, D.C. correspondent for the Dallas Morning News.

To qualify, students majoring in journalism and/or communications with a journalism emphasis need only complete a simple application and have the school to which they move send an official letter certifying the student's enrollment due to displacement by Hurricane Katrina.

All inquiries should be directed to Executive Director Terry Harper at the Society's headquarters in Indianapolis at 3909 N. Meridian St. …

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