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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Aug. 9, 2001) — The Christopher J. Georges Journalism Scholarship Fund for in-depth reporting is expanding its eligibility to enable more young writers to apply, it was announced today by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University.

The writing award, established in 1999 for interns at The Wall Street Journal, now is open to any journalist up to age 30. The scholarship winner will receive $10,000 to support an independent investigative reporting project.

The Christopher J. Georges Scholarship Fund was established at Harvard University with the purpose of enabling young journalists to engage in the research and writing that reflects Chris Georges’ commitment to in-depth journalism on issues of enduring social value in which the stories document the human impact of public policy.

Georges was an honors graduate of Harvard and a Wall Street Journal reporter who died in 1998 at the age of 33 from complications related to lupus. He worked in the Journal’s Washington Bureau, covering politics, economics and budget issues. His stories on the welfare system in 1997 were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

The scholarship fund is administered by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

Gigi Georges, Chris Georges’ sister and chair of the scholarship program’s executive committee, said, “We hope to attract applications from young journalists who have been working as stringers or freelancers or interns, who have some experience and for whom this fellowship would represent an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out a major independent reporting project.”

Deadline for proposals is October 15, 2001. In addition to a written proposal for an independent journalism project, candidates for the fellowship are asked to submit a resume, a brief biographical essay, and a selection of published work (please note, selections of work cannot be returned). The journalist selected for the scholarship will receive a portion of the award at the beginning of the project and the remainder upon publication of the story or stories.

Proposals should be sent to: Chris Georges Scholarship; Nieman Foundation at Harvard University; One Francis Ave.; Cambridge, MA. 02138.

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