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The Buffalo Association of Black Journalists will accept applications until May 1 for its inaugural Carl R. Allen Memorial Scholarship.

The Buffalo News and the Buffalo Newspaper Guild also contribute to the $1,000 competitive scholarship.

The scholarship is open to African-American sophomores or juniors in college who are pursuing studies toward a career in journalism. Applicants must be residents of Erie or Niagara counties and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation, samples of their work, a brief autobiography, a resume and proof of enrollment in an accredited four-year college or university.

Completed applications should be mailed to: Buffalo Association of Black Journalists, P.O. Box 736, Ellicott Station, Buffalo, N.Y. 14205.

Applications are available from the financial aid office at the University at Buffalo, the minority student services office at Buffalo State College, the communication studies department at Niagara University and the Office of Equity and Diversity at Niagara County Community College.

Applications also can be obtained at the Buffalo Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1490 Jefferson Ave., or the Buffalo Urban League, 15 E. Genesee St., as well as other local institutions of higher learning and some predominantly African-American churches.

The scholarship will be awarded annually in memory of Carl R. Allen, a longtime reporter for The Buffalo News who died in November 1999. Allen, 44, was a Buffalo native and cum laude graduate of Buffalo State College. During his 20-year career, the award-winning journalist wrote extensively about matters of interest to the local African-American community.

The Buffalo Association of Black Journalists was formed in 1999 to advocate for increased minority representation in local newsrooms at both the staff and management levels. The organization also is dedicated to improving local coverage of minority issues.

It is a local affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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