Journalism brings with it opportunities to give voice to the voiceless and make an impact in a changing world. The Colorado Association of Black Journalists prides itself on sharing those opportunities by awarding scholarships to future media professionals and offering them the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s top journalists of color.

The Colorado Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) is now accepting applications for its 2017 Journalism Scholarships. Outstanding African American journalism students from Colorado high schools and colleges are encouraged to apply for scholarships ranging from $1,000-2,500. Scholarship dollars may be applied toward expenses at an accredited institution of higher learning.

Qualified students may have a grade point average of 3.0 or above; however, CABJ will also consider applications of students who have a GPA lower than 3.0 but can exemplify good character and an interest in journalism. Students must also be enrolled in a Journalism or Mass Communication program at an accredited college or university or must be a high school senior who will attend an accredited institution in the fall of 2017. Previous CABJ Scholarship winners are not eligible. Students must complete the attached application and submit the following information:

  • One letter of recommendation – Letter may be from an instructor, administrator or employer.
  • At least three examples of media work – Acceptable documents include: school newspaper story/editorial clips, printouts from websites, press releases, broadcast news stories, photographs, documentaries and radio excerpts (on DVD) or class work.
  • An official transcript

Two scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. CABJ will also award the Reynelda Muse Journalism Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500. This endowed scholarship was created in Muse’s name to ensure that her legacy continues among African American journalists.

In addition to a monetary award, winning students will also be given a one-year student membership to CABJ and will be appointed as CABJ student reporter. CABJ student reporters will receive real-world journalism experience via story assignments, in which student reporters will be guided by professional journalists. Receipt of the full scholarship award is contingent upon completion of CABJ student reporter duties.

By offering the CABJ Scholarship we hope to ensure diversity and growth in a field that is constantly evolving. We look forward to helping future journalists of color make sure that those goals are sustained.