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INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS (IAIA) ANNOUNCES NBCU ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP FOR IAIA STUDENTS SEEKING BROADCAST JOURNALISM CERTIFICATE

June 1, 2021 Deadline

 


SANTA FE, N.M: April 3, 2021 - NBCUniversal News Group, through their NBCU Academy Program, has funded scholarships for IAIA's newly-launched Certificate in Broadcast Journalism.

Beginning in Fall 2021, scholarships of $10,000 will be available to eligible third and fourth-year students with financial need who declare for IAIA's new Certificate in Broadcast Journalism. Scholarship funds are to be used for tuition assistance, student housing, internship stipends, field reporting, or equipment.

Deadline to apply June 1, 2021 - APPLY NOW!!!!

To apply, visit: http://www.iaia.edu/nbcu-academy-scholarship

The Scholarship Qualification Requirements are:

• Have Diverse or Underrepresented community affiliation

• Enrolled in an IAIA BA/BFA program

• Declared for an IAIA Broadcast Journalism Certificate

• Must attend NBCU Academy seminars and events.

• Have completed a minimum of 60 undergraduate credit hours

• Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above at the time of application

• Must complete online application

• Personal one-page essay stating:

1. Interest in a journalism or broadcast-related career after graduation

2. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion at school or in their community

3. Demonstrated commitment to media studies coursework or involvement on-campus

• Must be authorized to work in the United States with visa sponsorship by IAIA

• Work sample: Either written sample in journalism or creative nonfiction; or link to video work sample in documentary or broadcast

• Must fill out a FAFSA and show financial need

• Application deadline: June 1, 2021

In keeping with Comcast and NBCU News Group's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the multi-year partnership involves 17 academic partners including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and colleges with significant Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous, and tribal populations - reaching students from underrepresented groups including those from diverse racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, economic, and geographic backgrounds.

NBCU Academy will invest a total of $6.5 million to the initiative, including scholarships worth $3.5 million over the next two years. In addition to providing equipment and collaborating with professors to develop seminar courses, NBCU News Group journalists, executives, and management from editorial and production teams across NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, and Telemundo will participate as guest lecturers to provide real-world insight and mentorship.

In June 2020, Comcast NBCUniversal announced a multi-year $100-million commitment to help address systemic racism and inequality. NBCU Academy is part of that pledge and focuses on providing tools, resources, and platforms for young, underrepresented voices. In July 2020, NBCU News Group announced the Fifty Percent Challenge Initiative, an aggressive action plan to turn the NBCU News Group employee base to be 50% women and 50% people of color.

James Lujan (Taos Pueblo), Chair of the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department, observed:

"For too long, the stories of indigenous people have been told by others. We're thankful to NBCUniversal for providing this opportunity to empower Native storytellers with the training and tools to share the very newsworthy issues and concerns of their unique communities."

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) commented: "We welcome this opportunity to partner with NBCU Academy to increase Indigenous storytelling in mainstream journalism. Storytelling is an integral part of Indigenous communities but is often missing in media or clichéd when told by non-Indigenous journalists. This collaboration will benefit IAIA students by providing access to scholarships, internships, equipment, courses, and NBC mentors with real-word experience in the field."

For more information, please contact Eric Davis at 505.424.2351, or eric.davis@iaia.edu.

 

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