For nearly 30 years, the Northwest Journalists of Color have coordinated scholarships for aspiring journalists. The NJC’s members belong to the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), Seattle Association of Black Journalists Association of Seattle (SABJ), National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA). Since 1983, the NJC and AAJA have given more than $150,000 in scholarships.
You do not need to identify as a student of color to apply for this scholarship. Strong preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the importance of diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences in newsrooms.
You are eligible to apply for NJC if you meet at least one of the following requirements:
- You are a Washington resident
- You are a current high school junior or senior attending high school in Washington
- You are a current student attending a four-year college, community college or vocational college who will be attending school this fall (does not have to be a Washington state college)
What scholarship winners receive:
- Scholarship money to students who intend to pursue careers in journalism
- An invitation to an awards ceremony and reception in early June attended by other media professionals in the area
- A professional journalist mentor
- Application materials for the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship:
AAJA Seattle Founders’ Scholarship
Only AAJA Seattle Student Members are eligible. The Founders’ Scholarship was established in 2000 to honor Frank Abe, Ron Chew and Lori Matsukawa, who founded the AAJA Seattle chapter in 1985. The scholarship covers a student registration fee for 2016 National Convention. The 26th Annual AAJA National Convention will be held at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, August 10-13, 2016. A small stipend for travel and accommodations is available. At the very end of the application below, please indicate if you’d like to be considered for the Founders’ Scholarship.
How to apply for NJC and the Founders Scholarship
Make a copy of this Google doc OR this Microsoft Word document. Please send your completed application and any related materials in ONE e-mail to Anika Anand at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “NJC Scholarship.”
A completed application form
A 500-word essay
Statement of financial need
Three samples of your best journalistic work