The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists

November 15, 2021

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  • United States of America


Founded in memory of James Alan Cox, a television photojournalist, The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists aims to provide financial support to student photographers of high school and college age.


Through a variety of funding, including equipment purchases and scholarships for college and technical school classes, the foundation’s mission is to expand educational and developmental opportunities for student photographers demonstrating interest, talent and financial need.

Each year, through a juried selection process, several deserving students will be chosen to receive equipment or tuition help for colleges or technical schools.

Focus of work and entries: PHOTOJOURNALISM.

Scholarships will be awarded to those students whose work
“tells a story”.

This is a fairly broad topic and may include a variety of subject matter and approaches (breaking news, sporting events, etc.) Jim Cox, who was a television photojournalist in Phoenix, always
“told a story” through his work, whether it was in video or still photography.

Scholarship applications must be submitted between July 15, 2021 and Midnight, the Evening of November 15th, 2021.

Scholarships will be announced and awarded in early to mid-December.

Jim’s Work

Jim, The Photojournalist

Jim began his photojournalism career with the Arizona Cardinals, filming their practice sessions and games for training purposes. With a little bit of experience under his belt, he then went to work for KTVK, Channel 3, in Phoenix. Starting as a live truck driver, he worked his way up to editor and then finally photographer.

Over his 12 years at the station, Jimmy filmed hundreds, if not thousands of stories. While he had fun with all of them, from the celebrity interview to the story about skiing in Flagstaff, he particularly loved the hard-hitting, breaking news story. He was there in New York after 9/11; followed the trail of the polygamist Warren Jeffs; and captured the drama of the 2000 presidential election.

Jim, The Photographer

Jim was also an exceptional still photographer. Wherever he traveled, from Hawaii to New York or Texas to Scotland, he had a camera in hand. Perhaps his best work, however, is represented by the beautiful photos he took of Arizona, the state he called home for the last 17 years of his life.

Jim was loved by all who knew him: for his talent, his work, and most importantly, for himself. Please read the following stories by some of his co-workers.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

  • High school students applying for these scholarships must have completed one year at an accredited high school (student must therefore be a sophomore or older) and should have taken at least one photography or related art class.
  • College or technical school students applying
    for these scholarships must have completed one year at a recognized college, university or professional school (student must therefore be a sophomore or older),
    and have taken courses in photography or photojournalism.
  • Graduate students applying for a scholarship should be enrolled in a journalism or photojournalism program.
  • High school, college and graduate students should have at least one semester remaining at time of award.

Important Notes:

  • All submissions must be via the internet. We will not accept applications by mail.
  • Label all files that will be submitted/e-mailed with the applicant’s name.
  • The applicant must be a United States citizen.
  • The applicant’s school must be in the United States.
  • The scholarship award must be used at the beginning of the next semester.
    Otherwise it will be forfeited and given to an alternate.
  • A student may only receive one James Alan Cox Foundation scholarship in a given year.
  • Note: Parental approval is required for students under 18. Please see accompanying form.


  • Application Form
  • Brief Essay
  • Teacher Mentor Form
  • 2 Letters of Reference
  • School Transcript
  • Financial Data
  • Portfolio:
    • High school applicants should only submit still photographs. The video awards are for college and graduate students only
    • five (5) digital images for still photography submissions
    • two (2) videos, with a maximum duration of 3 minutes each, for video submissions
  • Parental Release Form for high school students (or those under 18)

Digital Entry Rules: 

Please enter only 5 (five) images. Each image should be jpeg file format with a maximum of 2500 pixels on the longer side and 4 MB file size. Images should be at monitor resolution. Photos submitted must be an honest representation of what happened in front of the camera during exposure. You may, if needed, post-process the images electronically — but only in accordance with good practice. This may include cropping, color correction, etc. Post-processing, however, must preserve the image’s original expression.

Video Entry Rules: 

Please enter only two (2) videos. Videos should be no more than 20 MB file size. Videos may be in these formats: .mpg, .avi, .mov, .wmv, .mpeg, .mp4, .divx.

Mac users: please make sure all file names have the proper file extensions.


Deadline: November 15, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:

Type of Awards:

  • Five (5) Digital Cameras will be awarded to five (5) high school students. (High school applicants should only submit still photographs. The video awards are for college and graduate students only.)
  • Five (5) $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to five (5) college or technical school students, payable to their school. Four awards will be for video work while one will be for still photography.
  • Starting in 2013, one (1) $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to one (1) graduate student, payable to their school, for video work.
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