WHAT IS THE DISCOVER THE UNEXPECTED/NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION FELLOWSHIP?

The Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected (DTU) Fellowship is a summer road trip in partnership with the National Newspaper Publisher Association. Eight HBCU students will be selected as Chevy DTU Fellows, and each will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a $7,500 stipend.  The fellows will be split into four teams of two, each team representing their HBCU and will receive the use of an all-new Chevrolet vehicle.  Over the course of nine weeks, each team will travel in a Chevrolet vehicle where they will work for a local NNPA newspaper.  Chevy DTU Fellows will pitch, produce, and share stories of their travels and assigned NNPA news stories.

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:

  1. Describe your passion for journalism and storytelling.
  2. What are the top three skills that you would bring to the Discover the Unexpected program? 
  3. Why do you want to be a DTU Fellow?
DO I NEED A DRIVERS LICENCE TO BE ELIGIBLE?

Yes, while driving a Chevrolet vehicle as a part of the fellowship you are required to have a valid and clean U.S. driver’s license in order to share driving duties with your teammate.

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 May 2020.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Applications are being accepted now through April 12, 2020.  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 April 12, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY WORK SAMPLES?

All submissions should be clearly labeled and sent in the PDF format. If you have a web-based digital portfolio, please provide a link. Please refer to the application instructions for greater detail.

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?

Eight Fellows will be selected.

WHAT IS THE JUDGING PROCESS?

A select group at GM and Carol H Williams Advertising will screen and evaluate completed Fellowship applications and select eight 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.

HOW IS IT DECIDED WHO IS ON MY TEAM?

Teams of two are assigned to represent their HBCU. As you submit your application, you may choose to submit independently or with a schoolmate at your HBCU for consideration. It is not guaranteed that you or your selected partner will be selected together. If selected, the selecting committee may pair with another Fellow from your college or university.

CAN MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE FELLOWSHIP BE APPLIED AS COLLEGE CREDIT?

The Fellowship may comply with your local university’s regulations. Please check with your particular college.

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. Teams can expect to travel on a literal road trip as they journey between assignments at two different publications. 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 a vehicle during the fellowship and highlight their experiences.

HOW ARE THE FELLOWS COMPENSATED?

The $7,500 stipend is delivered in 3 installments every 2 weeks. The stipend is in place to supplement expenses during the fellowship. While housing and a vehicle are provided within the program, fellows are expected to manage their own expenses otherwise.

$10,000 scholarship is provided at the conclusion of the program during the Closing Ceremony in late July to the Fellows who have completed the program.

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