Need-Based Scholarships


Thanks to our benefactors for the 1,000 Euro Scholarships package, we’re very happy to announce there are some students who were already awarded these scholarships and latest applications will be reviewed for approval very soon. Please note we are still offering the 500 EUROS SCHOLARSHIPS PACKAGE and the rest of the funding options. For more information on how to send an application, see the section “About/Funding”. See you in Spain or Cuba!

ROOSTERGNN Global News Network (RGNN.org) and its Academy, non-profit solidarity organizations, support hands-on education and training for the next generation of journalists.

Thanks to the support of our benefactors, we are offering need-based scholarships for our RGNN Academy programs.

We hope that this scholarship policy will allow talented students, who otherwise would not have the financial means to afford the full tuition fee, to participate in our RGNN Academy programs.

Gabriela Milian, one of our scholarship recipients for the Travel Journalism & Photography Internship & Mentoring Program during winter 2017, studies journalism at Columbia University in New York City

Our benefactor, FACTHOUS, a digital communications and marketing agency and one of the primary benefactors of ROOSTERGNN Academy, is offering twenty (20) need-based scholarships for students participating in ROOSTERGNN Academy programs.

Need-based scholarships available.

A total of twenty (20) need-based scholarships, of five-hundred (500) Euros each for RGNN Academy programs in Madrid and Cuba, and three-hundred (300) each for the New York City Internship & Mentoring Program, to be applied towards the final Tuition Fee payment of the program.

Update March 28, 2019: Ten (10) scholarships of 1,000 Euros have just been announced!

How to Apply.

To apply for the scholarship, students must submit the following documentation:

1. Scholarship Application Form, available at https://rgnn.org/academy/scholarships. Students must meet the following requirements in order to be awarded the scholarship:

REQUIREMENT #1. Publish a creative photo of yourself, which demonstrates why you want to travel to Cuba, Madrid or NYC, which you have published on all of your personal public social media profiles (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn), using the hashtag #RGNNCuba or #RGNNMadrid or #RGNNnyc. The photo should be accompanied by a caption that explaines that the photo is part of your scholarship application for the RGNN Academy program, and @ROOSTERGNN (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) and @ROOSTER_GNN (Instagram) should be mentioned and tagged.

REQUIREMENT #2: Submit a personal essay explaining why you are an ideal candidate for the scholarship for the Internship & Mentoring Program (maximum 500 words).

REQUIREMENT #3. Scholarships are need-based, please submit a copy of your most recent tax return (yours or your parents’).

OPTIONAL #4. Scholarships are need-based. If you are currently being awarded any need-based scholarships, financial aid, grants or other funding at your current university, please attach a copy of this funding source as well.

2. RGNN Academy Program Application Form, available at https://rgnn.org/academy/application.

All scholarships are subject to availability and to the selection process of RGNN Academy. All scholarship applications must be submitted together with the application for the corresponding program, before formalizing enrollment. RGNN Academy and its benefactors reserve the right to modify the conditions for scholarships, and the updated version of the conditions will be available at https://rgnn.org/academy/scholarships. Note. In the event that ROOSTERGNN has provided you with a translation of the Spanish version of this document, you accept that such a translation is provided solely for your convenience, and in your relationship with ROOSTERGNN, the Spanish version of this document prevails in any case.


Scholarships are need-based and available for individual applicants. We also offer need-based Financial Aid for groups of students, please click the button below.

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Examples of scholarship applications

Another beautiful scholarship application by Sophia Laws (@sophiedoe) from Soka University for our Travel Journalism & Photography Internship & Mentoring Program in Cuba. “A big part of my life has always been attempting things out of my comfort zone, from living abroad in high school, to becoming a double sport athlete in college. I have recently been accepted, and am currently applying for a scholarship, to a two week photojournalism internship in Cuba through @rooster_gnn that involves writing and publishing five professional grade articles. I am beyond thrilled that I may have this opportunity to keep exploring and pushing myself to new limits academically. I feel so thankful to everyone that has supported me in reaching for my goals. Here’s hoping your girl makes it to Cuba! #RGNNCUBA”

Una publicación compartida de ROOSTERGNN Global News Network (@rooster_gnn) el 3 de May de 2017 a la(s) 8:04 PDT

Regram of the scholarship application for our Madrid Travel Journalism, Photo and Video Internship & Mentoring Program by @elyseca from @uncchapelhill “Proud to announce that I will be visiting Madrid for a few weeks this summer to study journalism & photography through RGNN! I have decided to attend this program in order to find a more international perspective on global issues as I pursue my major. This posting is part of my scholarship application for the ROOSTERGNN Internship & Mentoring Program and my personal invitation for anyone interested in these field to reach out to me and apply to RGNN as well. I am excited to travel outside of North Carolina and spend a little less time playing on the train tracks. #rgnnmadrid ” writes Elyse.

Una publicación compartida de ROOSTERGNN Global News Network (@rooster_gnn) el 4 Feb, 2018 a las 8:45 PST

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