Latinos studying in the fields of journalism and communications have more time to apply for a San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists (SAAHJ) scholarship.
The San Antonio Area Foundation, which facilitates the SAAHJ scholarship application process, extended
its application deadline to Feb. 28, allowing more time for graduating seniors enrolling in college, current undergraduate and graduate students within journalism, communications, or public relations
programs full-time to apply.
Applications can be submitted online through the San Antonio Area Foundation’s Internal Universal
Application. New students must create a free account before they can begin the application process.
Returning students that created an account only need to sign in. All students are encouraged to apply regardless of immigration or citizenship status.
The annual SAAHJ scholarship is also open to those who are overall committing to pursue a career in the
communications industry, including broadcast, print, advertising, public relations, photojournalism,
publishing, graphic arts, or digital journalism.
Last year, SAAHJ awarded 11 students a total of $35,000 in scholarships, which included a $5,000
scholarship provided with funds from New York Times best-selling author Shea Serrano and his wife
Larami. The scholarship with Serrano’s namesake will once again be awarded to one of this year’s
applicants who is either interested in becoming a journalist or a published author.
Students must also demonstrate financial need and live in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe,
Kendall, Medina or Wilson counties or attend postsecondary school in the San Antonio area.
“As a former scholarship recipient, I can attest to how vital this financial support was for me to complete
my college education and pursue my career in journalism,” SAAHJ president Laura Garcia said. “It made
all the difference in my life. I’m proud the organization has been able to continue granting scholarships
to students, particularly Latinos, for more than two decades and serving as a resource for diverse talent
breaking into the industry.”
A panel of local media and public relations professionals will evaluate the applications. Winners will be
notified in late April and will be featured at the SAAHJ gala in August.
Questions about the online scholarship system can be directed to Anne Ferguson with the San Antonio
Area Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 210-225-2243.
Steven Santana – SAAHJ At-Large Print officer and Scholarship Committee co-chair