An 19-year-old former Northampton College student is one of only three people in the country to be awarded a Journalism Diversity Fund bursary.
Nicholas Bieber, impressed a panel of senior journalists including Joseph Harker, assistant comment editor of The Guardian, Colleen Harris, a BBC reporter and Leo Whitlock, editor of The Kentish Gazette, at a recent interview.
The teenager will begin studying the NCTJ-accredited Diploma in Journalism course at News Associates in Wimbledon in February 2013.
The fund will cover his course fees and provide a monthly contribution to his living and travel expenses.
Mr Bieber had secured a place on the News Associates course, as well as a 15 week work placement at the Daily Express, but was unsure if he could finance the 20-week course.
He said: “Despite minimal savings in my bank account - which wouldn’t have even scratched the surface - I was certainly not going to be able to afford the costs of this course, let alone the living and travel expenses.
“But thanks to the Journalism Diversity Fund, I can now start the next chapter in my life with funding which will help hugely towards the costs of the course and living/travel expenses. I am now ready to drive on and succeed in my ambitions to become a journalist.”