The John David Reed News-Editorial Journalism Scholarship was created to award a full-time freshman or transfer student majoring in Journalism who has demonstrated intent to pursue a career in news-editorial journalism. At the time of selection in the spring semester, the recipient must be a full-time freshman or transfer student, in good academic standing, majoring in Journalism, who has earned 12 to 18 credit hours at Eastern Illinois University. The recipient must have demonstrated intent to pursue a career in news-editorial journalism through significant participation at The Daily Eastern News. The recipient must describe in an essay of about 500 words how his/her participation in student or other news media while at Eastern Illinois University will enhance his/her preparation for a career in news-editorial journalism. The recipient must demonstrate through his/her first semester grades at EIU potential for academic achievement at the university. Financial need may be considered as a deciding factor after other criteria are met. The award shall be announced in the spring semester and payable in the fall semester or announced and payable in the fall semester to Eastern Illinois University to be first applied against costs (tuition, fees, housing, etc.) associated with the recipient attending Eastern Illinois University. Any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient.