The Press Democrat Community Scholarship Fund

Norma & Evert Persons' Journalism Scholarship

Established November 2020

Purpose:  Encourage local students to pursue a career in journalism and support their college education success with financial aid and professional guidance

Scholarships: The Press Democrat Community Fund’s Norma & Evert Persons’ Journalism Scholarship will provide financial support to selected students with a strong and demonstrated interest in journalism and the commitment to completing a bachelor’s degree program.  The Fund will award two scholarships of up to $2,500 per year which will be renewable for four years based on continued eligibility.  We will also provide a newsroom mentor to scholarship recipients each year and assist students in securing summer paid internships.

The Press Democrat Community Fund will award these scholarships in accordance with the scholarship’s purpose, student eligibility and recommendations of the scholarship committee.

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  • Currently residing in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, or Lake counties
  • Graduating with a high school diploma from Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino or Lake counties
  • Acceptance into and who plan to attend either Santa Rosa Junior College or Sonoma State University and enrolled in the fall semester of 2022
  • Area of study: Journalism (if no journalism majors are available a broader pool may be developed including communications majors)
  • Must agree to working with a mentor from Sonoma Media Investments
  • Agree to provide twice yearly updates on their progress, including courses taken and GPA transparency
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and pass 9 units per semester


Application form:  Download Form

Application deadline:  April 29, 2022

Or mail to:
The Press Democrat Community Fund
427 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa CA 95401
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