Apply now for the Northwest Journalists of Color and the Founders’ scholarships:

Deadline: Monday, April 11, 2016.

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 (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 if you meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • You are a current high school junior or senior attending school in Washington
  • You are a graduating high school senior attending school in Washington and planning to attend a Washington or out-of-state four-year college, community college or vocational college in the fall
  • You are a current student attending a four-year college, community college or vocational college in Washington

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:

  • A completed application form (See links below)
  • Resume (optional)
  • A 500-word essay
  • Statement of financial need
  • Three samples of your best journalistic work

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:

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 with the subject line “NJC Scholarship.”

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