05 November 2018

IAPA announces 2018-2019 post-graduate academic scholarship program

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Applications will be accepted by IAPA between Nov. 15, 2018 and Jan. 31, 2019.
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Miami (Nov. 5, 2018) – The Scholarship Fund of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) announced the start of the application process for its scholarships for young journalists and recent college graduates of journalism programs.

Candidates between the ages of 21 and 35 may apply for financial support to study at accredited universities in North and South America including institutions recognized by the Latin American Accreditation Council for Journalism Education (CLAEP by its acronym in Spanish).

Scholarships consist of a stipend of $20,000 plus the round-trip travel costs between the winning applicants' home and the university.

Applications will be accepted by IAPA between Nov. 15, 2018 and Jan. 31, 2019.

To start the application process, go to http://en.sipiapa.org/contenidos/want-a-scholarship.html. Questions may be sent by e-mail to becas@sipiapa.org ; or by ordinary mail to IAPA's office in Miami located at 3511 NW 91 Ave., Miami, Florida 33172.

For 2017-2018, IAPA awarded scholarships to news media professionals Katina Montoya of Peru, who recently entered the Master's program of journalism at Columbia University in New York City; and to Paulina Angarita Meneses of Colombia, now a graduate student at Centennial College in Toronto, Canada where she studies interactive media management.

Scholarship winners will be announced next May following application reviews by the Scholarship Committee led by Maria Catalina Saieh at IAPA's mid-year meeting set for March 29-31 at Cartagena, Colombia.

Since 1954, the Scholarship Fund has financially supported more than 400 young journalists to boost their job skills and professionalism by acquiring graduate degrees at dozens of high-quality universities.

The 2017-2018 winner, Maria Candia of Argentina, graduated last May from Georgetown University's prestigious School of Foreign Service. She now works at the International Monetary Fund, also in Washington, D.C., in its Communications Department for news media.

IAPA is a non-profit media advocacy group dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of expression and of the press in the Americas. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, it's comprised of more than 1,300 publications in the Western Hemisphere.

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