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Big Island Press Club Accepts Scholarship Applications

February 11, 2016, 8:02 AM HST
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(L-R): Guest speaker Erika Engle, Honolulu Star Advertiser columnist/business writer from Hawai'i Island, Robert Duerr, BIPC treasurer and Kamakaila Waipa, Kamehameha Hawai'i School graduate who was awarded the Jack Markey Memorial Scholarship of $500 at the 2014 BIPC Scholarship dinner. File photo by Denise Laitinen.

(L-R): Guest speaker Erika Engle, Honolulu Star Advertiser columnist/business writer from Hawai’i Island, Robert Duerr, BIPC treasurer and Kamakaila Waipa, Kamehameha Hawai’i School graduate who was awarded the Jack Markey Memorial Scholarship of $500 at the 2014 BIPC Scholarship dinner. File photo by Denise Laitinen.

Students interested in pursuing higher education in journalism and related careers are being invited to apply for a Big Island Press Club scholarship.

In 2015, BIPC gave out awards to six Big Island students totaling $4,600 at its annual scholarship dinner.

On a yearly basis, BIPC offers a $1,500 Robert C. Miller Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 Bill Arballo Scholarship, $1,000 Marcia Reynolds Scholarship, $600 Yukino Fukubori Memorial Scholarship, and the $500 Jack Markey Memorial Scholarship.

The 2016 scholarship year will also include the Hugh Clark scholarship, honoring the late Big Island journalist.

Applicants have until April 8 to apply for the scholarships. It is required that applicants have Big Island residential ties, demonstrate an interest in journalism or related career, be enrolled as a full-time student, and show a record of academic achievement.

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BIPC scholarship winners of the past include Ilihia Gionson, County of Hawai’i mayoral executive assistant; Peter Sur, Legislative Assistant District 4; Elisa Yadao, HMSA Senior Vice President, Consumer Experience; John Burnett, Hawai’i Tribune Herald reporter; and Chris Loos, former newspaper and radio reporter who is now the Hawai’i County Police Department’s spokesperson.

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Winners will be announced at the BIPC Annual Scholarship dinner on Friday, May 12.

Applications can be found on the BIPC website.

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