MIAMI (Jan. 7, 2019) – The Scholarship Committee of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) announced the one-month extension of the application deadline to Feb. 15 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.
To start the application process, go tohttp://en.sipiapa.org/contenidos/want-a-scholarship.html . Information also is available at www.sipiapa.org at the ''Scholarships'' tab. Questions may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.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 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 committee 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 (or SIP by its Spanish acronym) 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.