The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students awards a $2,500 scholarship for undergraduate study of religion journalism or mass communications. It recognizes of the work of Leonard M. Perryman, a journalist for The United Methodist Church for nearly 30 years.
The scholarship assists a United Methodist undergraduate who intends to pursue a career in religion journalism through study at an accredited U.S. college or university.
The Perryman Scholarship promotes excellence by helping students continue their studies in communication, including electronic and print journalism.
Applicants must be a United Methodist ethnic minority student enrolled at the junior or senior level in the journalism or communications department of an accredited college or university in the United States.
Applicants are judged on five criteria:
Christian commitment and involvement in the life of the United Methodist Church
Academic achievement as revealed by transcripts, grade point averages and the required letters of reference
Journalistic experience and/or evidence of journalistic talent
Clarity of purpose in plans and goals for the future
Potential professional ability as a religion journalist