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The annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference program targets rising high school seniors who are interested in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of “free spirit.” Participants are awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice.
This Freedom Forum Institute program was established in 1999 to honor Al Neuharth, the founder of USA Today, Newseum and the Freedom Forum. The conference is designed to inspire and encourage students to pursue journalism.
Free Spirits Answer Al Neuharth’s Call to ‘Dream, Dare, Do’
By Catherine Cheney, Freedom Forum Free Spirit alumni coordinator and 2006 alumna of the program.
Here’s what some Free Spirit Scholars have to say about this conference:
“The Free Spirit Program does a masterful job of bringing together truly special students from across the country….which is extremely important in fostering the next generation of journalists and I will always be proud to be a part of such a special program.”
“This was the best conference I have participated in in years! Even with it being online, this conference and all the people in it is something I will never forget.”
“It was such an amazing experience that gave me insight into the world of journalism as well as allowed me to make connections with scholars from all over the county.”
“I truly thought the program was amazing; an absolutely amazing opportunity.”
“10/10, would love to do it again.”