Big Island Press Club offers 2018 scholarships

The Big Island Press Club announces the availability of scholarships for students pursuing higher education in journalism and related careers.

In 2017, BIPC awarded a total of $4,600 to six Hawaii Island students during its annual scholarship dinner.

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The application deadline is April 2. To qualify, applicants must have Big Island residential ties, demonstrate an interest in journalism or related career, be enrolled as a full-time student and show a record of academic achievement.

Annually, BIPC offers scholarships honoring past Big Island journalists and advocates. The awards include the Robert C. Miller Memorial Scholarship, Bill Arballo Scholarship, Marcia Reynolds Scholarship, Yukino Fukubori Memorial Scholarship, Jack Markey Memorial Scholarship and Hugh Clark scholarship. Awards are determined by the BIPC Scholarship Committee to qualified applicants.

Past Big Island Press Club scholarship winners include John Burnett, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reporter; Alex Bitter, a Waiakea High School graduate and Wall Street Journal writer; Elisa Yadao, former television news reporter and HMSA senior vice president; Ilihia Gionson, owner of Hiehie Communications; Peter Sur, former Hawaii Tribune-Herald reporter and legislative assistant to County Councilwoman Sue Lee Loy; and Chris Loos, retired Hawaii Police Department public information officer and former Hawaii Tribune-Herald reporter.

Applications must be postmarked by April 2. The announcement of winners will be during the press club’s scholarship dinner in May.

Applications are available online at www.bigislandpressclub.org/scholarships.

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For more information, email scholarships@bigislandpressclub.org or call Big Island Press Club treasurer Robert Duerr at 937-9104.

Founded in 1967, the Big Island Press Club is the state’s oldest and most active media organization in the state.