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Local group offers communication scholarship

by Gus Cobb-Adams, Pacific Islanders in Communications

 

Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), a nonprofit organization that seeks to raise the profile of Pacific Islanders in national broadcast programming, will be awarding scholarships of up to $5,000 to students pursuing college degrees in media and/or communication.

 

 

“The goal of the PIC Scholarship Fund is to encourage and support Pacific Islanders in pursuing excellence in the fields of media and communication,” said Peter Apo, PIC Board president.

“ This is the third year for the PIC Scholarship Fund,” Apo added, and we hope to continue the support of people interested in creating innovative programming for national public television. Our ultimate goal is to increase the presence and voice of Pacific Islanders in media.”

Applicants must be pursuing certificates or degrees in media and/or communication from accredited two- or four-year schools, colleges, or universities, or from other qualified institutions and programs. Individuals of Pacific Island ancestry are encouraged to apply, particularly the descendants of the indigenous peoples of Hawai‘i, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marianas, and other Pacific Islands. However, “PIC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, or disability.”

Applicants also must:

• Be at least 18 years old;

• Be U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents or nationals of the United States or its territories;

• Demonstrate academic proficiency or have experience in media or communication;

• Show a commitment to the Pacific Islander community.

The nonrecurring, non-renewable annual scholarships will be for up to $5,000 per student, per year. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. March 4, 2005.

Online applications and guidelines are available at www.piccom.org, or from Pacific Islanders in Communications, 1221 Kapi-‘olani Boulevard, Ste. 6A-4, Honolulu, HI 96814, (808) 591-0059.

 

 

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