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RI PBS offers scholarship to aspiring journalists
By Chris Barnett / March 14, 2019 /   Loading Disqus...

WSBE Rhode Island PBS is offering a $15,000 scholarship to high school seniors considering a career in broadcasting, communications or journalism. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 5.

“Consistent with our commitment to education and lifelong learning, we are pleased and grateful to help aspiring broadcasters and journalists pursue this career path,” said David W. Piccerelli, president of Rhode Island PBS.

High school seniors from the station’s broadcast area of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts who plan to attend a four-year post-secondary school are eligible to apply. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

“Over time, our scholarship will almost be enough to pay for a student’s education at Rhode Island College or the University of Rhode Island, which have excellent media communications programs,” said Piccerelli. “We see this as a way of encouraging students to choose journalism and communications as a profession.”

Students must submit their current high school transcript, a financial aid worksheet, proof of residency and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or professional attesting to their merit towards a successful career in broadcasting, communications or journalism.

This is just the second year Rhode Island PBS has offered the scholarship. The inaugural recipient, Audrey Martin of Mansfield, Mass., is a first-year student at Boston University majoring in journalism.

Rhode Island PBS created the scholarship fund at the Rhode Island Foundation in 2017. Here is more information about applying for the scholarship.

“We’re grateful to work with donors like Rhode Island PBS that understand the importance of investing in young people. The effects of their philanthropy will be felt for decades as these students join the workforce and contribute to the civic life of their professions and communities,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS is a community licensee operated by the non-profit Rhode Island PBS Foundation. A viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service, WSBE uses the power of non-commercial media to educate, inform, engage, and inspire viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and education and production services at WSBE, visit ripbs.org.

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