Big Island Press Club Scholarships available

The Big Island Press Club announces the availability of scholarships for students pursuing higher education in journalism and related careers. Last year, BIPC awarded a total of $4,600 to five Hawaii Island students.

Application deadline is April 15.


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

In the past, BIPC has offered scholarships honoring past Big Island journalists and advocates. The awards include the Robert C. Miller Memorial Scholarship, the Bill Arballo Scholarship, the Marcia Reynolds Scholarship, the Yukino Fukubori Memorial Scholarship, the Jack Markey Memorial Scholarship and the Hugh Clark Scholarship.

Past Big Island Press Club scholarship winners include: Ilihia Gionson of Hiehie Communications, the former Big Island film commissioner and aide to former Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi; Peter Sur, aide to Hawaii County Councilwoman Sue Lee Loy; Elisa Yadao, retired HMSA senior vice president and former television news managing editor and reporter; Chris Loos, retired Hawaii Police Department spokeswoman and former newspaper and radio reporter and television producer; and John Burnett, Hawaii Tribune Herald reporter and former radio voice of University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcans sports.

Applications must be postmarked by April 15. Announcement of winners will be made during the BIPC Annual Scholarship dinner in early May.


Applications are available at the BIPC website,

For more information, email

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