Dear Abby is proud to announce the launch of the 2019 scholarship program for aspiring young writers. Learn more about her goals for the contest.

The Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Program is an annual contest for college publication columnists underwritten by Jeanne Phillips aka Dear Abby. The 2019 winner receives a $5,000 scholarship.

Know someone who is a good candidate for the scholarship? Download a flyer.

Undergraduates (including seniors) writing bylined general interest, editorial or specialized (humor, sports, business, arts, culture, etc.) columns appearing in print or online editions of college publications. Columns carrying dual bylines are eligible, but only one prize will be awarded.

Submit copies and links for three bylined columns published between August 13, 2018 and June 14, 2019 in the form below. One entry per student. No entry fee required.
Deadline for entry: June 28, 2019


Scholarship winner will be determined by judges chosen by the NSNCEF.

If you have questions, contact Scholarship Chair Amy Reynolds by email at

The Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Program provided by the NSNCEF is made possible through the generous support of Jeanne Phillips aka Dear Abby.

By participating in the writing contest, each entrant represents that his/her submission is original to the entrant, and all rights are exclusively owned and/or controlled by the entrant to the full extent necessary to enable NSNCEF to use the submission as contemplated by the contest rules. By participating, each entrant understands and agrees that neither the NSNCEF, their agents, affiliates, sponsors, or representatives have any liability with respect to any damages out of acceptance and use of a scholarship.

NSNCEF reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to immediately disqualify, without notice, any and all submissions that do not comply with the submission requirements set out in the rules, as determined by NSNCEF’s sole discretion. Submissions shall not be returned to the entrant for any reason. The contest is judged by the NSNCEF. The decisions of the judges are final.

In the event of a dispute regarding any aspect of the writing contest, NSNCEF will make the final ruling in its sole discretion. No communication or correspondence will be exchanged with entrants regarding such ruling(s) unless otherwise required by law.

All taxes relative to the scholarship are the sole responsibility of the winner. No substitutions, assignments or transfers.

By entering this contest, participants agree to be bound by these rules.

The NSNC Education Foundation (NSNCEF) is a tax-exempt non-profit foundation [501(c)3] devoted to the education and training of new and experienced columnists everywhere. The foundation was incorporated in 2003 in the state of Texas.

The core mission of the Education Foundation is to foster training opportunities for columnists and others interested in column writing. The foundation works with the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and others to serve as a training tool for both aspiring and published columnists in all media. The foundation’s special emphasis has been on helping assist college columnists.

Contributions to the NSNCEF are welcome. Funds go toward helping train columnists.

NSNC Education Foundation
c/o Luenna Kim, Executive Director
P.O. Box 280692
San Francisco, CA 94128
Phone number: (415) 691-7030
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Faculty Contact Information

Provide the name, phone number and email address of the campus publication’s faculty liaison or adviser. If the publication doesn’t have one, please include contact information for your academic adviser or the chair of the academic department.

Submission One
Submission Two
Submission Three