Grants, scholarships available for journalists, students

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

SARANAC LAKE — The Charles B. Decker Memorial Scholarship Fund at Adirondack Foundation is currently accepting applications from aspiring and working journalists.

The scholarship fund — founded in memory of Charles B. Decker — was established in 1991 to provide financial assistance to college and graduate students from Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake or Lake Placid who are attending a college or university full time to pursue a career in journalism. Decker was an enthusiastic journalist from Saranac Lake, who was the assistant managing editor of the Watertown Daily Times when he passed away at the young age of 34.

The Decker Fund also provides support to working journalists on special assignments and to internship programs. Criteria for applicants includes:

  • Financial need, to a degree, suggesting that the intended education, project or internship cannot be undertaken without assistance.
  • A tangible demonstration of dedication to journalism, such as special journalism courses, articles, internships or special assignment opportunities for working journalists.
  • A history of school grades and other previous accomplishments that demonstrate the candidate’s ability to handle college or graduate work or to carry out the project outlined.
  • Applicant has submitted all proper documents on time, to the satisfaction of the committee.

The deadline to apply is May 15. Interested candidates must submit a request for an application via email. To learn more and request an application, visit

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