Students of Asian descent who have an interest in journalism should apply for journalism scholarships for Asian students, as well as all other scholarships in journalism that they may be eligible for. While there are not many Asian specific college journalism scholarships available, there are a couple that you should be made aware of.
The first is the South Asian Journalists Association Scholarship Program. Through this program, about $11,500 is awarded to undergraduate students in a journalism program, as well as graduate students. High school seniors who are about to enter a journalism program in college are also eligible to apply. There are different asian journalism scholarship awards available through this one program, and those students who show financial hardship are given preference.
Students who meet the eligibility requirements can apply if they are in Canada, the United States, or South Asia. Although preference is given to students who are of Asian descent – students from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives can also apply. Additionally, students who simply show an interest in South Asia can also apply. For more information about this Asian college journalism scholarship program, visit www.saja.org/programs/scholarships.
Another source of journalism scholarships for Asian students is the Japanese American Citizens League, at www.jacl.org/edu/scholar.htm. Through this program, more than $60,000 is awarded annually, to approximately 30 students, and it is not journalism specific. These Asian scholarships are available to high school seniors, undergraduate students, graduate students, law students, and creative and performing arts students.
The scholarships for Asian offered through the JACL are non-renewable, and you must be a member of the National JACL to be eligible. Additionally, you must be or intend to be a full time student at an approved school in the United States, and you must specify the category of the scholarship that you are applying for.
As you can see, there are only a few Asian specific options available, but the ones that are available should definitely be applied for, as well as any other scholarship that you are potentially eligible for, including most other scholarships in journalism.
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