The Journalism Scholarship Program was one of Hawaii Filipino Chronicle’s special projects, totaling $10,000 worth of monetary awards for future journalism and mass communicators in the 50th state.

Established in 2019, the $2,500 annual scholarship was meant to address the under-representation of Filipinos in journalism and mass communications (JMC) in general. Declining enrollments in JMC schools adversely affect the number of qualified graduates entering the workforce. The Chronicle hoped that a journalism scholarship program would help motivate local Filipino students to study and work in Hawaii’s media field.

Since its inception, the Chronicle’s scholarship program has provided financial assistance to students of Filipino heritage who majored in JMC at one of the four-year accredited universities in Hawaii. Winners were also given the opportunity to demonstrate what they learned in their classrooms and apply their writing skills in our newsroom. The following scholarship recipients all graduated with honors.

Click on the year to read more about the scholarship winners:

Lizette Nolasco, Chaminade University – Communication (Mass Communications)

Jasmine Sadang, Hawaii Pacific University – Communication Studies and Practices

Brenna Flores, Chaminade University – Communication (Marketing)

Alyssa Acob, Hawaii Pacific University – Integrated Multimedia and Mass Communication

The scholarship program was administered through the Filipino Media Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Because the pandemic has affected efforts to raise sufficient funds, the program was paused indefinitely in 2023. The Chronicle appreciates and thanks all those who donated and supported the scholarship.