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Western New York undergraduate students interested in journalism, along with professional journalists seeking additional academic training, are invited to apply for scholarships for the 2001-2002 academic year. They will be awarded by the Greater Buffalo International Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists.

Trustees have awarded these scholarships since 1978. Eighty-two winners have received $58,250 -- including $14,500 in the past three years -- for programs at 22 colleges and universities. Scholarships can amount to as much as $2,500.

To qualify, applicants must be residents of Western New York, northwestern Pennsylvania or Southern Ontario. They must be working journalists or prospective college juniors, seniors or graduate students attending any accredited college or university offering courses that enhance journalism education.

Evidence of competence in writing and/or broadcasting and related journalism skills is especially desirable. An explanation of financial need is requested. Applicants must include a statement of no more than 250 words, outlining their motivation and offering evidence of commitment to a career in journalism, either print or broadcast. Letters of recommendation must accompany the application.

For an application and additional information, call Annemarie Franczyk, secretary of the scholarship fund, at 882-6200 (office) or 847-6109 (home), or write to her at 858 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo, N.Y. 14212. Please enclose a self-addressed envelope. Send completed applications to the same address. Completed applications must be returned to Franczyk by April 30.

Awards will be based on scholarship, character, professional attitude, experience and financial need.

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