The Ackerman-Nicholson Fund assists Earlham College graduates who desire and merit advanced study in journalism or public affairs.
This award was established by a bequest from Carl W. Ackerman '11. Carl Ackerman, a charter member of the Earlham Press Club, served as a war correspondent during World War I and was dean of Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Ralph W. Nicholson '20, also a member of the Earlham Press Club, served as Alumni Trustee 1948-1951, and was owner and publisher of the New Orleans Item.
The Graduate Fellowship Committee administers this award, available only to Earlham graduates.
Who May Apply
Seniors and graduates of Earlham College who desire and merit advanced study in journalism or public affairs.
Seriousness of purpose, qualifications, academic record and recommendations. Any Earlham College senior or graduate of the last five years is eligible.
Award Description and Duration
Funds are to be used first for graduate study tuition and expenses. Funds must be used within two years.
Application Requirements and Deadline
Applicants should write a cover letter explaining their plans for graduate school and careers in journalism or public affairs. They should also provide two academic reference letters and an official transcript. Additionally, the Graduate Fellowship Committee may request an academic or journalistic writing sample. All materials should be turned in to the Earlham Liaison by January 31 for review by the Graduate Fellowship Committee.
In April, shortly before Earlham's annual Awards Convocation.
- 2012 Pablo Hernandez-Romero '12, Amanda Penrod '09,
Nyantara Wickramasekera '11 and Anna McCormally '12
- 2011 Maria Alex Vaikath '11, Chelsea Smith '11 and Jesus Jimenez '11
- 2010 Nadira Khudayberdieva '10
- 2008 Christopher Richmond '08
- 2007 Katie Carter '07 - English and Politics
- 2005 Brian Bennett '05 - English
- 2003 Ranjit Jose '03 - Sociology/Anthropology
- 2002 Sarah Hampton '02 - Photography
- 2002 Liv Leader '02 - Peace and Global Studies
- 2002 Shuruq Harb '02 - Philosophy