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NAHJ Receives $50,000 Grant for Scholarship Endowment Fund

June 8, 2001

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Hispanic Journalists was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Philip L. Graham Fund to support NAHJ's scholarship endowment fund.

The NAHJ created the endowment last year with the goal of raising $1 million to support the Ruben Salazar Scholarship Fund. So far, the NAHJ has raised close to $200,000 for the endowment.

"We are deeply grateful for this generous and significant contribution to the NAHJ's Scholarship Endowment Fund," said NAHJ President Cecilia Alvear. "We thank the Philip L. Graham Fund and our friends at The Washington Post for having the vision to invest in the education of future Latino journalists. We hope that other media organizations and foundations will follow in the footsteps of the Philip L. Graham Fund."

"The Graham Fund is proud to continue its long history of investing in media diversity," said Candice Byrant, president of the fund. "Our partnership with NAHJ will do more than improve media, it will also make our increasingly diverse community a strong and more cohesive one."

The Ruben Salazar Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to Hispanic students pursuing careers in journalism. The NAHJ has awarded $470,000 to 348 students since the inception of the scholarship program in 1986.

The scholarship fund is named in honor of Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar, who was killed by a tear-gas projectile fired by a deputy sheriff in 1970 while covering the Chicano Anti-Vietnam War Moratorium in East Los Angeles. Salazar was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the news director for the Spanish-language television station KMEX.

The mission of the NAHJ, founded in 1984, is to increase the number of Hispanics working in the nation's newsrooms and to improve the media's coverage of the Hispanic community.

Source: PR Newswire

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