CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California
2013 Scholarship Competition
The CCNMA Scholarships, including the Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship, the Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship and the George Ramos Memorial Scholarship, are awarded annually to qualified Latino students who are planning to pursue a career in journalism. The scholarships range from $500 to $1,000 per student and are based on several criteria, including:
commitment to the field of journalism,
community awareness and financial need. Students must be enrolled full time for the entire 2013-2014 academic year, and must be a California resident or attend an accredited college or university in California. All winners will be invited to and recognized at the 33rd CCNMA Scholarship Banquet in June in Los Angeles.
Joel Garcia was the Los Angeles journalist who first proposed founding a professional association for Chicano journalists in 1972. That group would eventually become CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California. A native of Los Angeles, Garcia worked as a newspaper reporter and general assignment reporter for KNBC and KTTV television stations in Los Angeles. He was working as a producer and reporter for KCET at the time of his death in 1977.
Frank del Olmo was a founding member of the CCNMA and served on its Board of Directors from its inception until his death in February 2004. Del Olmo worked 33 years at the Los Angeles Times and, as associate editor, was the newspaper's highest-ranking Latino. He was a member of the Times' all Latino Pulitzer Prize-winning team for a landmark series on Latinos in Southern California, and won an Emmy for writing a documentary on immigration for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.
George Ramos was a longtime CCNMA member and served on its Board of Directors for many years. He was a reporter, columnist and editor with the Los Angeles Times, and was co-editor of the Latino series that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. He left the newspaper in 2003 to join the journalism faculty at his alma mater, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He also was a longtime adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He was a strong supporter of the CCNMA scholarships and made an annual contribution until his dealth in July 2011,
DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2013
- This scholarship competition is open to:
• Latino college students and graduating high school seniors attending a college or university in California. California residents may attend a college or university outside of California.
• Students may major in any field, but must be able to prove a sincere interest in pursuing a career in journalism.
• Finalists must be able to participate in an oral interview.
• To receive award, winners must provide proof that they are officially enrolled full time in school for the entire academic year and be in good standing.
• The amount of the award may be reduced if the student enrolls in a school other than the one indicated on his/her application or if awarded a CCNMA Chapter Scholarship. If the winner does not enroll for the fall semester for any reason, the award may be withdrawn.
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
(300 to 500 words) explaining your family background, including any hardships you've experienced, why you want to be a journalist and what you believe is the role, if any, of Latino journalists in the news media.
3. Two current
, including at least one from a faculty member (no family members) speaking to the applicant's journalism abilities.
4. Current official
, include any school or professional work or internships.
(which include newspaper articles, TV or radio audition tapes, photographs produced by student applicant).
If you would like to be placed on our mailing list for the next scholarship competition, please email CCNMA (
) with the following information:
City, State, Zip
Current grade level
Past Scholarship Recipients