Columbia Scholastic Press Association

CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs.


Along with proof of a sustained effort to take responsibility for their own expression in a student print or broadcast medium, there must also be evidence that Sullivan Award recipients have shown extraordinary idealism, resilience and pragmatism while trying to serve students in their audiences.

Accordingly, nominations must include
1. a 500-word essay by the student(s) chronicling and interpreting the significance of the effort
2. documentation in the form of articles, correspondence, broadcasts or issues
3. Letters of support from an adviser or other faculty member, an individual in the audience, and a member of the professional media.

With advice from the CSPAA Honors and Awards Committee and on a discretionary rather than annual basis, the CSPAA Board will designate a recipient. The chair of the CSPAA Honors Committee will present the award during the CSPA Spring Convention.