Les Brownlee Scholarship

The Chicago Headline Club and the Chicago Headline Club Foundation awards a $3,000 scholarship honoring Les Brownlee to a Chicago-area journalism student each year.

Brownlee, who died in 2005, was the first African-American member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the first African-American president of the Chicago Headline Club.

Brownlee’s journalism career began as a reporter for Ebony Magazine, followed by the Chicago Defender. In 1950, he was the first black reporter to join the staff of the Chicago Daily News. Over the years he also worked for several radio stations, including WBBM, and television stations including WLS-TV, where in 1975 he won an Emmy Award for editorial writing. After he retired from television, he joined the faculty of Columbia College Chicago, where he taught journalism full-time for more than 20 years and inspired countless students.

The  applicant must be a current undergraduate journalism student (no recent graduates) at a Chicago-area college. Candidates are assessed by a committee of the Headline Club Foundation and evaluated on their previous experience, clips, cover letter and an interest in pursuing a career in journalism.

For more details, e-mail Dann Gire at scholarships@headlineclub.org.