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 Ackerman-Nicholson Fund 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. Public affairs, for the purpose of the Ackerman-Nicholson award, is defined as work in the public sphere to develop and influence public policy, including government relations, information and communications, public administration, and issue management. Degrees that might be sought include public policy, public administration, public health, international relations, political science, economics, social services, education leadership, urban planning, or law. Subfields of study may include non-profit management, public finance and budgeting, city management and urban policy, information and technology management, and policy management.
Seriousness of purpose, qualifications, academic record and recommendations. Any Earlham College senior or graduate of the last seven years is eligible.
Award Description and Duration
The award typically ranges from $5,000 to $15,000. Funds are to be used within two years for graduate study tuition, fees and books.
Application Requirements and Deadline
Applicants should submit:
- A cover letter detailing your graduate school plans and your professional goals. (1-2 pages.)
- A writing sample related to your planned area of graduate study. (3 news articles or a 5– to 10-page paper.)
- A resume or curriculum vita.
- Your undergraduate transcript. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. These can be accessed through TheHeart.
- A list of three references who can speak to your character and scholarship. If your reference is a current Earlham faculty member, we need only their name and contact information. If you provide a reference from outside Earlham, please ask them to also submit a letter of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org or the following address:
Center for Career and Community Engagement
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374
Please prepare and submit all of this information in the following way:
- Log in to TheHeart. If you are an alum, you may need to request an account.
- Under the "Campus Life" or "Alumni" tab, click the link to Handshake. If you are not automatically logged in to Handshake, please contact the CCCE at email@example.com and request a Handshake account.
- In Handshake, click the "Jobs" tab, search for the Ackerman-Nicholson, and click "Apply" to get started. Please make sure to include a list of your references in your application. Applications that do not include all the requested components may not be considered.
The 2018 application closed on February 4, 2018. Please check back in December 2018 for access to the 2019 application.
Awardees will be notified in April, shortly before Earlham's annual Awards Convocation.
- 2017 Eli Richman '14, Gerylaine Campos '16, David Schutt '14, Soe Yu Naing '16
- 2016 Chanese Hamilton '16, Qianyi Luo '15
- 2015 Jihan Abdalla, Gerald Sowah, Rosalyn Endlich, Bunyodjon Tusmatov
- 2014 Yasas Wickramasinghe, Silviano Valdez, Nicole Vargas
- 2013 Charlotte-Anne Malischewski, Shanoz Aqnaznarbekova, Liyuan Wang
- 2012 Pablo Hernandez-Romero '12, Amanda Penrod '09, Nyantara Wickramasekera '11, Anna McCormally '12
- 2011 Maria Alex Vaikath '11, Chelsea Smith '11, 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