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The CPA Student Awards is an effort of the Young Communicators project, which will increase educational opportunities for young professionals and students and encourage networking with CPA professionals. Current members of the Catholic Press Association have volunteered to judge and provide critiques for all entries in the CPA Student Awards. This program is a valuable opportunity for students to connect to professionals in the field and receive feedback on their work.

Winners of the CPA Student Awards program will be announced in mid-April and will receive an Award Certificate shortly thereafter. Winners are also acknowledged at the Catholic Media Conference in June, on the CPA website and published in The Catholic Journalist.

Due to inclement weather on the East Coast, Tim Walter has extended the deadline for submissions to Monday, February 13, 9:00am Central Time. We hope you can take advantage of this opportunity.

Updates to 2017 Student Awards Program

By request, we are extending the submission period for the 2017 CPA Student Awards. The submission period will start Tuesday, September 6, 2016 (the day after Labor Day).

Please note that any student-created articles/photos published during the 2016 calendar year are eligible. You may submit work created after September 6, 2016.

We also divided the 2016 Writing category into separate News Writing and Feature Writing categories. For new descriptions, please consult the Student Awards Packet.

Cash Prizes for Winners

We are pleased to offer cash prizes to the first place winners of the CPA Student Awards. We hope that the money will help offset the cost of school expenses.

The first place winner of the CATHOLICISM category will receive $500. The first place winners of all other categories will receive $125.

If a winning entry has more than one author/creator, the prize will be divided accordingly.

The prizes will be sent in April after the results of the CPA Student Awards are announced. We will get in touch with the submitter to confirm the winning author/creator's contact information.

Eligibility

Students enrolled full or part time in an accredited university or college may enter the CPA Student Awards. Professors/Advisors may also enter work on behalf of their students.

Entries must be the original work of students published in the school publication or on the publication website in 2016. Classroom assignments or work completed as part of a course requirement are eligible as long as they are published in the publication or on the publication's website. Work does not have to come from a Catholic university/college publication. The work must be in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Entries must follow the criteria outlined in the category descriptions. For category descriptions, please consult the Student Awards Packet.

Fees

Each entry costs $18.00. You may enter multiple items into one category and enter one item into more than one category unless otherwise noted in the awards packet. One item entered into multiple categories constitutes multple entries. Payment deadline is February 17, 2017.

Awards Packet

The Student Awards Packet includes elibility requirements, category descriptions, and submission instructions. Please read awards packet carefully before entering the competition.

Need Assistance?

Consult our FAQ page or contact Elise Freed-Brown at 312-380-6789 with further questions.

Ready to enter?

Click here to enter the CPA Student Awards.

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