Since 1988, NAHJ has awarded nearly $1.6 million in scholarships to more than 750 students. NAHJ scholarship opportunities are open to college-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students pursuing careers in English or Spanish-language print, broadcast, digital or photojournalism. Students attending four-year colleges and community colleges in the Unites States and Puerto Rico with a GPA of 3.0 or better are eligible for the scholarships, which range from $1,500 – $5,000.
The NAHJ Rubén Salazar Scholarship Fund was established in 1986 to assist young Latino journalists. The scholarship fund is named after Mexican-American journalist Rubén Salazar who was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the news director for the Spanish-language television station KMEX.
NAHJ María Elena Salinas Scholarship – $2,500
Established in 2002, this program awards scholarships to students who demonstrate a strong desire to pursue a career as a Spanish-language journalist. It is made possible through a donation from Univisión network news anchor, and NAHJ founding member María Elena Salinas.
NAHJ Hortencia Zavala Scholarship – $5,000
This is the second year for this scholarship, made possible thanks to a donation by former NAHJ president and ESPN Deportes Senior Director of Hispanic Initiatives, Hugo Balta. The scholarship is named for Balta’s grandmother, who encouraged him to pursue his journalism dreams.
NAHJ Cecilia Alvear Scholarship – $2,500 This is the inaugural year for this scholarship, named for the former NAHJ president. It was made possible through a gift from George Lewis, a journalist who worked for NBC News for 43 years and was Alvear’s partner for 23 years. Alvear was a producer at NBC for 25 years and fought for the inclusion of Latinos in newsrooms. She passed away in April.
NAHJ Jonathan Camuy Scholarship – $1,500
This scholarship is presented to a student studying Spanish-language journalism. It is named in memory of Jonathan Camuy, an NAHJ member, Telemundo employee, and victim of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. (Students applying for this scholarship must submit their essay in Spanish).
* Rubén Salazar Scholarship Fund
In lieu of receiving scholarship dollars, students can qualify for a sponsored trip to the 2018 national conference in Miami. It includes: registration, flight, double-occupancy hotel room, one ticket to NAHJ special events and a food stipend. This is not the NAHJ Student Project where students receive hands-on training with mentors for a week, but rather students attending on their own. They will have access to training for young professionals, resume and work sample critiques, and networking and recruitment opportunities. The conference will be held July 18 – 21, 2018 in Miami, FL.