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.
MEET THE 2019 RECIPIENTS
University of Southern California
Grace Chen is a Junior at the University of Southern California. She is pursuing interests in marketing and journalism. Originally from New Jersey, Grace has multiple interests. She has served as president of USC’s Fashion Industry Association and has curated a student-run online magazine that showcases art and design work done by others attending USC. Grace’s parents are immigrants from China who run their own restaurant.
California Lutheran University
Sarah Gonzalez is entering her junior year as she pursues a career in marketing while completing her studies at California Lutheran University near Los Angeles. Sarah is no stranger to Sinclair Broadcast Group! In 2009 she was a guest on KMPH Fox 26 “Great Day” Show, previewing a salsa competition at her grandmother’s church in Sanger, California! Sarah grew up in central California’s San Joaquin Valley and is the first person in her family to attend college. Sarah works in Cal Lutheran’s Office of Career Services. She hosts a weekly online campus radio talk show that she developed where she talks with her audience about college life.
Mahala Herron-Rutland is about to begin her final year of undergraduate studies at UCLA to pursue a career in digital journalism. Mahala’s hometown is Oakland, California. During her time at UCLA, Mahala has served as editor for all platforms of UCLA NOMMO Magazine. She has hosted a weekly campus radio talk show. And she has been a sports radio intern in Los Angeles.
Skye Kimya will be graduating from Humboldt State University in Northern California in Spring 2020. She has built up an impressive resume as she pursues a career in broadcast journalism. During her time as a student at Humboldt State, Skye has been a freelance sportswriter for the Eureka Times-Standard, has been part of a campus radio sports show and has served as sports editor for The Lumberjack campus newspaper.
“An undeniable passion for journalism.” That’s how University of Oregon senior Ruby Quintero describes herself. From being a video production intern with the school’s Athletic Department to being a Reporter / Anchor for the University of Oregon’s Duck TV, if there is a story on her campus, Ruby knows it. She is an active member of the Association for Women in Sports Media.
Community plays a significant role in Nina Sessions’ life and career aspirations. Born in China and raised in Idaho, Nina aims to pursue a career in marketing after she graduates from Lewis-Clark State College in 2021. Watching a local restaurant, she worked at as it crafted its marketing toward younger families got Nina hooked. For Nina, her love is coming up with an idea, figuring out the best way to market it and watch it become a reality.
Cal State Fullerton
In Dominic Torres’ words, “…journalism is more than wearing a suit and tie.” As he enters his senior year at California State University, Fullerton, Dominic’s storytelling has already gone far beyond his campus. He has interviewed children in Mexico who were victims of exploitation. Dominic has overseen a bilingual site called Why We Jeopardize. He and other journalists who contribute to that site often tell stories of immigrants seeking to come to the U.S. or visiting nations where people may be experiencing oppression.
University of La Verne
Connecting communities with content. That is what Julieta Venegas is about. She enters her senior year at the University of La Verne in Southern California. And she oversees a Spanish-language podcast that examines public broadcasting and its coverage of people from diverse backgrounds, especially Latinos. She is also involved in the broadcasting program at La Verne, which has produced scores of talented journalists. Among them is Diana Castillo, news director / news anchor at Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Siouxland News in Sioux City, Iowa.