Around the country, we honor the newspaper carriers who owe their start to an enterprising young immigrant in New York City over 180 years ago. As the tradition gradually fades, the history becomes no less fascinating.
According to a captioned photo released by the Museum of the City of New York, it was on Septemeber 4, 1833 that publisher, Benjamin Day, hired the first paperboy, 10-year-old Blarney Flaherty. Flaherty answered Day’s advertisement for The Sun which had specified “steady men” could apply, but impressed by the boy’s sincerity, Day gave him the job. Down on the corner, Flaherty could soon be heard hawking his sales pitch. It would soon become a universal chorus of boys (and sometimes girls) calling, “Paper! Get your paper, here!”
Let’s look at the Journalism scholarships that are available!
CCNMA Foundation Scholarships – Latino Journalists of California
The CCNMA Scholarships, including the Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship, the Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship and the George Ramos Memorial Scholarship, are awarded annually to qualified Latino students who are planning to pursue a career in journalism. The scholarships range from $500 to $1,000 per student and are based on several criteria, including: commitment to the field of journalism, scholastic achievement, community awareness and financial need. Students must be enrolled full time for the entire academic year in which they apply. They must also be a California resident or attend an accredited college or university in California. All winners are invited to and recognized at the annual CCNMA Scholarship Banquet.
Joel Garcia was the Los Angeles journalist who first proposed founding a professional association for Chicano journalists in 1972. That group would eventually become CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California. A native of Los Angeles, Garcia worked as a newspaper reporter and general assignment reporter for KNBC and KTTV television stations in Los Angeles. He was working as a producer and reporter for KCET at the time of his death in 1977.
Frank del Olmo was a founding member of the CCNMA and served on its Board of Directors from its inception until his death in February 2004. Del Olmo worked 33 years at the Los Angeles Times and, as associate editor, was the newspaper’s highest-ranking Latino. He was a member of the Times’ all Latino Pulitzer Prize-winning team for a landmark series on Latinos in Southern California, and won an Emmy for writing a documentary on immigration for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.
George Ramos was a longtime CCNMA member and served on its Board of Directors for many years. He was a reporter, columnist and editor with the Los Angeles Times, and was co-editor of the Latino series that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. He left the newspaper in 2003 to join the journalism faculty at his alma mater, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He also was a longtime adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He was a strong supporter of the CCNMA scholarships and made an annual contribution until his death in July 2011.
If you would like to be placed on our mailing list for the next scholarship competition, please email CCNMA with the following information:
City, State, Zip
Current grade level
Mid-Florida Society of Pro. Journalists Scholarship
A $1,000 grant awarded annually to a minority undergraduate student majoring in journalism or who intends to pursue a career in journalism. Applicants must be Florida residents, show need and high academic standing.
Mid-Florida Professional Chapter of SPJ
5502B Loblolly Court
Tampa, FL 33617
Contact Person: Randy Miller, Scholarship Chair
SEND EMAIL TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
KEVIN HART SCHOLARSHIPS
Following on his generous $100,000 scholarship gift made in 2015 through UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) to four deserving college students, actor and comedian Kevin Hart has joined forces with UNCF and KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) to help 18 more KIPP students earn a college degree. Through a new UNCF scholarship program launched in partnership with Kevin Hart’s Help From The Hart Charity and KIPP Public Schools, the $600,000 scholarship will provide funding to support KIPP students from eight different cities who are attending 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
UNCF is the largest provider of college scholarships for students of color in the U.S., awarding more than $100 million in college scholarships annually to deserving students. The 18 Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship recipients have been selected based on their academic and personal accomplishments and may receive substantive renewable awards based on need.
“The Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship will not only support students, but will also demonstrate support for HBCUs,” said UNCF CEO and President Michael L. Lomax. “Research shows that HBCUs matter, and that HBCU students are having a positive college experience, but they also have an unmet financial need. Together, Kevin and KIPP have made an investment that will have a significant impact. We can’t thank them enough for their support.”
Through the UNCF scholarship program launched in partnership with Kevin Hart’s Help From The Hart Charity and KIPP Public Schools, the $600,000 scholarship will provide funding to support KIPP students from eight different cities who are attending 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Eligible students must be a graduating high school senior or a current undergraduate student enrolled or enrolling in a UNCF member HBCU, or have a minimum 2.75 GPA if entering as a college freshman; have a minimum 2.50 GPA if currently enrolled college sophomore, junior or senior in the fall. Applicants must also be participating or have participated in KIPP through college and be enrolled or enrolling in fall as a full-time student at a UNCF member institution or Lincoln University.
The application process is closed right now – but bookmark the site so you can apply when it opens.
NYPA FOUNDATION INTERNSHIPS
The NYPA Foundation provides paid summer internships for college journalism students. Students must apply by March 1st of each year, and be accepted into the multi week program. Students should apply directly to the local community newspaper they wish to intern with, and be interviewed and accepted by an NYPA member newspaper. Students who are accepted into the program will earn a net stipend of $2,500 for the internship.