Miami (August 31, 2021) - The Inter American Press Association Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships for graduate studies to two Colombian journalists for 2021-2022 and announced scholarships for another 35 communicators out of 14 countries participating in an international diploma for journalists.
Paula Daniela Delgado Gómez, from El Espectador, and Adriana Marcela Rincón Forero, from El Observador, were selected to receive the scholarship awarded to journalists from the Americas to continue their graduate studies. The scholarship includes a stipend of up to US $ 10,000 (ten thousand US dollars) and travel costs.
The president of the Scholarship Committee, Gilberto Urdaneta, highlighted the arduous evaluation and selection work carried out by the Committee given the rich professional trajectory of more than 30 applicants. He also stated that "this year, the resources of our Scholarship Fund favors more journalists, eager to advance in their professional improvement, can access this benefit."
Urdaneta, from El Regional del Zulia, Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela, explained, "the IAPA awarded smaller scholarships to 35 journalists from 14 countries. In addition, they participate in an IAPA diploma course organized jointly with eight schools of Journalism affiliated to the Latin American Council for Accreditation of Education in Journalism (CLAEP) ".
The IAPA / CLAEP diploma course, "Discovering the secrets of Journalism", began on August 28 and will run until April 2022. It is taught by teachers from the following academic institutions: Universidad Católica Argentina, Universidad del Rosario, Universidad del Norte de Barranquilla, Universidad Externado de Colombia and Universidad de La Sabana, from Colombia; Hemisferios University, from Ecuador; Universidad Anáhuac and Universidad Iberoamericana, from Mexico.
The Scholarship Committee administers the IAPA Scholarship Fund established in 1954, and since then, more than 500 journalists have benefited from postgraduate studies at American and Latin American universities.
In addition to Urdaneta, the Scholarship Commission is made up of Daniel Dessein, La Gaceta de Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina; Norberto Frigerio, La Nación, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Silvia Miró Quesada, El Comercio, Lima, Peru, and Pedro Rivero, El Deber, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
IAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and promoting freedom of the press and expression in the Americas. It has more than 1,300 publications from the western hemisphere; and is based in Miami, Florida, United States.