Society of Professional Journalists/Bettie Cadou Memorial Scholarship

Society of Professional Journalists/Bettie Cadou Memorial Scholarship


As a gifted, award-winning writer and photographer who covered an astounding range of topics - from the Indiana General Assembly, migrant workers and the homeless to race car drivers, the National Football League, medical issues, and so much more, Bettie Cadou was a beloved educator and a Hoosier pioneer. Bettie was the first female reporter to be given a silver-badge credential that permitted her access to the pit and garage areas of the Indianapolis 500 in 1971 to report for the Indianapolis News. Her persistence in the male-dominated field of sports writing eventually resulted in her extensive coverage of the Colts for national publications after the team's move to Indianapolis in the early 80's. Bettie served several years on the board of directors of the Indianapolis chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. When Bettie Cadou passed away in 2002, this scholarship was created to honor her memory. She was a former adjunct faculty member in journalism at IUPUI, a distinguished magazine editor, and was elected into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2006.

Selection Criteria

This scholarship is to support unrestricted undergraduate or graduate scholarships in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Scholarship applicants will provide:

  • List of professional (non-student) media-related positions you have held
  • List college publication, broadcast, or other media experience you have held
  • Which journalism instructor or faculty members best know you work and in which class(es) did you have this instructor?
  • In 250 words or less, tell us about your goals and ambitions. What do you hope to gain through your college degree and where do you hope to be in the next five to ten to twenty years?

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