The NAJA-AAJA Pacific Islander Journalism Scholarship Fund is intended to grow the number of Pacific Islander journalists and support their success.
Scholarships are intended to help Indigenous peoples of the Pacific, particularly Polynesians, Micronesians and Melanesians, pursue careers in journalism, especially in the U.S. and U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands.
Administered by the Native American Journalists Association, the fund was established in 2023 in partnership with the Asian American Journalists Association’s Pacific Islander Task Force. The goal is to strengthen the journalistic skills of Pasifika to improve Oceania representation and storytelling in the news media industry.
Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded per recipient. The funding can be used for a variety of needs, including but not limited to:
– Funding salary and related expenses to enable students to take summer internships at news organizations.
– Subsidizing tuition for students who are pursuing higher education and intend to pursue journalism as a career.
– Paying student loan balances for journalists who are working at news organizations.
– Funding professional development and training opportunities.
The application deadline has been extended to May 31, 2023.