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Scholarships boost Rhode Island journalism jobs

Posted on April 5, 2019

A scholarship is going to help students consider Rhode Island journalism jobs.

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.

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