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Thomas K. Peterson


Journalism & Writing Fellowship


The goal in all of the Arts Council activities is to help realize its mission of promoting the arts, supporting local artists, and bringing the arts to children and adults in Southern Indiana.


"People recognize the benefit and intrinsic value of the arts as part of our community.  Their support continues our mission and programs."


The Tom Peterson Journalism Scholastic Award is given annually to a Junior or Senior High School journalism student at Providence, Floyd Central or New Albany High School.


The award provides the writer an opportunity to advance his or her own skills and career, while enhancing awareness of region and the Arts Council’s goals to promote the arts.



The award recipient will receive a stipend of $1000 and internship and writing assignments at Extol Magazine. The nature and duration of the internship will be determined through a mutual agreement with the scholarship recipient and Extol Magazine, although the internship will last at least eight weeks and will require the scholarship recipient to commit a predetermined amount of time to said internship on a weekly basis.


The recipient of the Tom Peterson Journalism Scholastic Award will be required to donate examples of a body of work produced during the award to the Arts Council of Southern Indiana for its permanent use. These works will become part of the Arts Council Library Collection.


Award recipients will be asked to interact with the public in some way, which may include participating in public projects, readings, and/or lectures and personal appearances. The Arts Council will reach an agreement regarding the work to be donated and the interaction required from each artist.



The journalism faculty at Providence, Floyd Central and New Albany High School will be asked to nominate two students each from their current student body.


Students that accept the nomination and who would like to be considered for this scholarship should send 5 copies, of the award application, letter of intent, and a work sample, and at least one professional letter of reference, which can be mailed separately.


The packages will be sent to 5 individual jurors, and should be exact copies.  The artist’s name should not appear on the work samples, or letter of intent themselves, but may be included in the award application.  Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the immediate rejection of the application.


Please submit all materials by certified mail, Federal Express, or UPS Next Day Air, or hand delivered, all of which will provide a return receipt.  No submissions by email, or other electronic medium.


Address all packages to:


Arts Council of Southern Indiana

Thomas K. Peterson

Journalism Scholastic Award

820 East Market Street

New Albany, Indiana, 47150



The jurors will select the award recipient based on the quality of the work submitted. Support materials will be considered, but only as a secondary resource.


If you have any questions, call Julie Schweitzer, Executive Director, at 812-949-4238 during regular business hours Wednesday – Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


The Arts Council building is located  in Historic downtown New Albany, Indiana in a beautifully restored Gothic revival home located 5 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky. The region encompasses nationally recognized museums, galleries, and a thriving performing arts community. Local facilities offer abundant recreational and inspirational opportunities, which attract thousands of visitors each year to our area.



Submissions are only accepted

April 28, 2016 through

May 20, 2016 - Deadline


Jury deliberation and selection:

May 20– May 27, 2016


Notification:  May 30, 2016



  • 5 copies of letter of intent

  • 5 copies of Award Application

  • 5 copies of work sample

  • 1 Professional letter of reference (must be sent separately -post marked by May 20, 2016)


No electronic submissions.



The Arts Council will take great care when handling your materials, but cannot guarantee or insure these items. Materials become the property of ACSI and will not be returned.