The Sinclair Broadcast Diversity Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 to provide financial support to college students interested in broadcasting, journalism, and marketing. The Fund plans to award up to 10 scholarships of up to $5,000 each per year for the next ten years to students from under-represented minority groups who need financial assistance to complete their education.
The Fund complements Sinclair’s existing widespread internship program as well as Sinclair’s long-standing relationships with numerous colleges, including historically black colleges and universities in markets where Sinclair has stations. This Fund is another way for Sinclair to invest in the future of broadcast television, by ensuring that students dedicated to careers in broadcasting can complete their educations.
We are proud of our 2017 recipients and look forward to next year’s applications!
MEET THE 2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Kaisha Young is a rising Senior at Clemson University in South Carolina. A communication major, Kaisha strives for a career in broadcasting and has already begun her storytelling with organizations such as USA Today College. Her previous honors include a scholarship from the South Carolina Broadcasters Association.
Kristyn Steward is a Penn State University student working towards a degree in meteorology with a focus on forecasting communications. At her university, Kristyn is honing her broadcasting skills by creating video and radio weathercasts on a weekly basis. Next year her forecasting will expand when she begins broadcasting the weather for C-Net, a local television station in State College, Pennsylvania.
Imani Stephens is an aspiring broadcast journalist pursuing a degree at Arizona State University. As a student at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Imani has become active in the student radio station, The Blaze Radio/KASC 1330 AM. Imani also uses her journalism skills to volunteer in her community. Imani served as a social media volunteer with City Youth Exposure, a nonprofit located in Los Angeles.
Pamela Ortega is a journalism and political science major earning her degree at the University of Oklahoma. Minoring in Spanish, an internship with KTUZ-TV in Oklahoma City allowed Pamela to hone her Spanish writing and speaking abilities. A fluent Spanish speaker, Pamela dreams of working for a local television station in Oklahoma City, bringing diversity and inclusivity to her community.
Gabrielle Hays is a radio-television journalism student pursuing her degree at University of Missouri-Columbia. Thus far, Gabrielle’s experience in the world of broadcasting has included anchoring and reporting for her university’s campus news station and serving as a production assistant at a local affiliate in mid-Missouri. Gabrielle is an executive Board Member of the National Association of Black Journalists University of Missouri-Columbia Chapter.
Glendy Ardon attends California State University Bakersfield, where she recently completed her junior year. Studying communication and journalism, Glendy is also minoring in sociology. Glendy’s volunteer experience includes work with organizations including H.O.W. – Helping One Woman and Bakersfield Links for Life. Glendy was recently awarded the Top Communication Student Scholarship at her college.
Christiana Ford is a rising junior at Kent State University in Ohio. Majoring in broadcast journalism, Christiana began to dedicate herself to journalism at the young age of 14 and strives to become a news reporter in her hometown of Detroit. Christian’s journalism experience includes time as a reporter for Kent State University’s student TV station and an internship with WDIV, a local station in Detroit.