By Cristina DC Pastor

Vice President, FAPCNY

On its sixth year, the Fil-Am Press Club of New York  launches its Journalism Scholarship program for graduating Fil-Am high school students across the northeastern area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont) on November 3, 2017. The event was done at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue as the club celebrated its anniversary with the theme “Celebrating the People Who Report the News.”  

FIL-AM Press Club Launches Journalism Scholarship for High School Students
Cristina DC Pastor and Alex Esteban during the club’s 6th anniversary party.

“We launched the Scholarship Program to assist and encourage outstanding FilAm high school students to pursue a journalism career and prepare them to become qualified, experienced candidates who value the ethical standards of professional journalism, ready to be hired in newsrooms,” said FAPCNY past president Ricky Rillera of Philippine Daily Mirror.

Cristina DC Pastor of The FilAm magazine, the chair of the Scholarship Committee, announced the search is open to graduating high school students enrolled in any school in the northeastern states at the time of application. They are members of the school paper as reporters, columnists, editors, or photographers. Or they have a blog that is interesting and with “significant and meaningful content.”

“A regular food blog or fashion blog is not enough,” she said. “It has to have a message and with a story to tell.” The news site should be live at least a year.

The applicants will be interviewed, submit a personal essay or a video pitch on why they should be awarded the scholarship.

Other members of the Scholarship Committee are freelance writer Lumen Castaneda, Percival Cunanan of Eagle Broadcasting Corp., and Monette Rivera of The Filipino Channel.

Applications for students with an interest in pursuing a career in journalism, digital media, or media studies are now open. For further inquiries and for application forms, please email Deadline for applications is May 16, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be announced at a ceremony to coincide with World Press Freedom Day.

Please click here to download Scholarship Rules
Please click here to download Scholarship Application