Editorial Freelancers Association Ruth Mullen Memorial Scholarship

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Founded in 1970, the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) is the largest and oldest national professional organization of editorial freelancers. Its approximately 3,000 members are editors, writers, indexers, proofreaders, researchers, self-publishing consultants, graphic artists, website designers, journalists, literary agents, translators, and others who offer a broad range of skills and specialties to the modern publishing and communications industries. The EFA’s services enhance the professional status of its members and make the freelance life more rewarding.

With our deep commitment to diversity and education, the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) is proud to sponsor two $5,000 scholarships for the upcoming academic year under our new Editorial Freelancers Association Ruth Mullen Memorial Scholarship program. One scholarship is for an undergraduate attending a historically Black college or university (HBCU) and one is for an HBCU graduate attending graduate school. The scholarships are available to students enrolled in a degree program leading to (1) employment in the publishing or communications industry, or (2) a career that could lead to their becoming a member of the EFA.

The scholarship program is named in memory of Ruth Mullen, a longtime member who served the EFA in a variety of volunteer roles. Ms. Mullen had a lifelong commitment to civil rights and was an EFA co-executive at the time of her death in September 2021.

Learn more about the EFA’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the Diversity Initiative page of our website.

The Editorial Freelancers Association Ruth Mullen Memorial Scholarship program is administered by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

*Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

*Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”) form.

*Have a demonstrated, unmet financial need as verified by their college or university.

*Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

*For the undergraduate scholarship, be a college sophomore at the time of application, who will be a full-time enrolled junior at the time of the award, attending any accredited, four-year HBCU.

*For the graduate scholarship, be an entering first-year graduate student who is an HBCU senior or graduate at the time of application. Graduate recipients must be admitted to or full-time enrolled at any accredited, U.S. based college or university at the graduate level.

*Recipients must have a major in one of the following disciplines: English and other languages, English or other literature, writing, journalism, linguistics, rhetoric, scriptwriting, screenwriting, science writing, marketing, advertising, mass communications, media communications, web or social media writing and communications, copywriting, public relations, or entrepreneurship.

The application deadline for the Editorial Freelancers Association Ruth Mullen Memorial Scholarship is May 26th, 2022. 

Application Requirements: 

Complete an online application using the UNCF website.

Undergraduate and graduate applicants must demonstrate enrollment in a degree leading to:

     *Employment in the publishing or communications industry, or 

    * A career that could lead to their becoming a member of the EFA, including (but not limited to) editor, writer, copyeditor, proofreader, indexer, copywriter, researcher, graphic artist or designer, translator, website designer, journalist, and literary agent.

To demonstrate progress on that path, students shall submit an online application for the Program, complete with:

     *A “resume” that includes extracurricular activities.

     *A current official or unofficial transcript.

     *An essay of no more than 500 words discussing: “What are your professional goals and what will receiving this scholarship mean to your ability to pursue your career?” Students should discuss in their writing any extracurricular involvements, work, and interests that support their professional goals.

A letter of recommendation is suggested, but not required. Applicants who submit a letter of recommendation will receive additional credit in the review process. All applicants will be notified that recipients’ contact information will be shared with the EFA.

Renewal Requirements:

*Have a minimum GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.

*Have completed a FAFSA form for the renewal cycle.

*Continue to demonstrate an unmet financial need as verified by their college or university.

*Continue to be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate at any accredited, four-year HBCU or full-time enrolled as a graduate student at any college or university at the graduate level.

*Continue studying an eligible discipline. 


Please note the following guidelines on "How to Invite a Reference/Recommender."

One letter of recommendation is suggested but not required.  The recommender must not be related to you. The recommendation form must be submitted before or by the deadline.

In order to give your recommender the maximum amount of time to submit their recommendation, you should enter all information for your recommender (name and email) as early as possible. This Application System will remind you to "Invite References" until your recommender has been invited. This generates an email to your recommender notifying them of your application and request for their recommendation.  For assistance with the reference, please see the attached supporting document to the right.

For questions, please email Jeff Darden II.

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