WHAT IS THE CHEVROLET DISCOVER THE UNEXPECTED FELLOWSHIP?
The Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected (DTU) Fellowship is a VIRTUAL summer fellowship in partnership with the National Newspaper Publisher Association. Ten HBCU students will be selected as Chevy DTU Fellows; five will work with the NNPA and five will work with Chevrolet. Each will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a $5,000 stipend. Over the course of ten weeks, each fellow will have the chance to create content with a journalism focus for various social media outlets while being mentored at Black-owned media companies.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE DISCOVER THE UNEXPECTED/NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION FELLOWSHIP?
To be eligible, you must be between 18 (19 if residing in Alabama) and 22 years old. You must be enrolled in a Historically Black College & University by the application deadline.
AM I STILL ELIGIBLE FOR THE $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP IF I’M AN HBCU GRADUATING SENIOR?
As a graduating senior, the $10,000 scholarship can be applied to any outstanding HBCU student loans and/or post-graduate education tuition for any accredited college or university.
WHAT SHOULD MY VIDEO SUBMISSION INCLUDE?
Your video submission is your opportunity to tell us who you are and express your creativity. Here are some suggestions:
- Describe your passion for journalism and storytelling.
- What are the top three skills that you would bring to the Discover the Unexpected program?
- Why do you want to be a DTU Fellow?
DO I NEED A DRIVERS LICENCE TO BE ELIGIBLE?
Yes, while driving a Chevrolet vehicle may be a part of the fellowship you are required to have a valid and clean U.S. driver’s license.
MY MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY IS NOT IN JOURNALISM. AM I ELIGIBLE?
Yes. We encourage any applicants who are multi-media savvy, have strong writing skills, have a passion for storytelling, and want to promote positivity in African American communities to apply.
I AM NOT A U.S. CITIZEN. AM I STILL ELIGIBLE?
Yes, Canadians and other foreign nationals are eligible to apply. However, the program does not sponsor visas or pay for travel from outside the U.S. You are qualified for the program if you have (or can obtain independently, not based on acceptance into the program) a visa that would allow you to work for six months starting in June 2021.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Applications are being accepted now through 11:59pm PST on May 17, 2021. Read the instructions with the application carefully. The instructions will answer most of your questions.
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
All application materials must be received by May 17, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.
HOW MANY WORK SAMPLES SHOULD I SEND?
Send only your best work and enough to give the judges an idea of your range and abilities. Think practically. How a previous news organization played or presented your stories is less important than the content itself. Do not submit double-bylined material.
HOW MANY FELLOWS WILL BE SELECTED FOR THE DISCOVER THE UNEXPECTED PROGRAM?
Ten Fellows will be selected. Five will work with the NNPA and five will work with Chevrolet.
WHAT IS THE JUDGING PROCESS?
A select group at GM, NNPA and Carol H Williams Advertising will screen and evaluate completed Fellowship applications and select ten finalists.
Key components in the Discover the Unexpected Fellowship application include:
- Completed application
- Resume with GPA and references
- Writing and professional work samples
- Video submission
HOW IS THE APPLICATION SUBMISSION EVALUATED?
Primary attention is given to the quality of submitted work samples, writing skill, and resume.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE FELLOWS SELECTED?
Working for a newspaper, all Fellows including those with interest in video/broadcast journalism are expected to have strong writing skills to support assignments in print, digital, and social media. Fellows are expected to work well both individually and in team environments. Fellows are expected to highlight their work with Chevrolet and the NNPA.
IS THIS A MARKETING PROGRAM?
Yes. The Discover The Unexpected fellowship was created by Chevrolet to not only demonstrate their support of HBCUs, but to provide a group of promising students with potential access to a vehicle during the fellowship and highlight their experiences.
HOW ARE THE FELLOWS COMPENSATED?
The $5,000 stipend is delivered in two parts: the first half is distributed on or before the beginning of the DTU fellowship and the second half is awarded mid-way through the summer DTU. The stipend is in place to supplement expenses during the fellowship. $10,000 scholarship is provided at the conclusion of the program during the Closing Ceremony to the Fellows who have completed the program.
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