Through the NAJA scholarship, the Native American Journalists Association wants to increase representation of Native American journalists in mainstream media. The scholarships are offered to high school, college and graduate students and range from $500 to $2,000.
To be eligible, a Native American student can be a high school senior or college student pursuing a career in media. Students must be current NAJA members to apply. To renew or become a new member, visit the NAJA membership page. Annual membership dues are $10 for high school students and $20 for college students.
The deadline for the 2017 NAJA scholarship applications is August 31, 2017. Applicants will then be notified if they are selected for an award. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.
“The Native American Journalists Association is committed to increasing the number of Native journalists in all forms of mass media. We believe that increasing the number of Native voices in newsrooms is a critical part of improving the ethical and accurate coverage of Native communities and people,” Bryan Pollard, NAJA president (Cherokee), told ICMN. “I encourage all of our young people studying journalism at an accredited institution to apply.”
Native American students pursuing journalism degrees can apply for a NAJA scholarship on the NAJA website.
Winners will be announced during the 2017 Native American Journalists Association Membership Luncheon at EIJ17 in Anaheim, California on Friday, September 8. The luncheon is free to members.
For anyone who wants to help those students pursue their education goals, you can make a contribution to the NAJA scholarship fund on the NAJA website. Donations can also be made for the 2017 NAJA Silent Auction on September 9, 2017 at the National Native Media Awards banquet where attendees can bid on Native art, jewelry and other items. All the proceeds will benefit student scholarships.