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Hispanic journalists group provides scholarships

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(May 28, 2009)--For nearly a decade, the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists has awarded scholarships to Bexar County residents majoring in journalism or communication. Approximately $100,000 in scholarships has been distributed by the organization to promising students who want to further their education. The deadline to apply for scholarships is June 27.

Established in 1986, SAAHJ is comprised of local journalists, public relations professionals and students interested in communications or the public relations industry.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for young, aspiring journalists to get a meaningful scholarship. Through the years, we've identified a strong group of students who have gone on to do great things in journalism and we hope to continue that tradition this year," said Dino Chiecchi, president of the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the 11th Annual SAAHJ Scholarship and Awards Gala Thursday, July 23 at the Westin Riverwalk hotel.

In addition to the scholarships, SAAHJ also will recognize Maria Elena Torralva with the Henry Guerra Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Journalism. The Community Service Award will be awarded to San Antonio high school students who led a walkout in 1968 that spurred a school finance equity fight that reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

For more information on the SAAHJ gala or to receive a scholarship application, contact Kris Rodriguez at (210) 241-7207 or Jeorge Zarazua at (210) 250-3234.

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