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Scholarship available for aspiring Black journalists

The Buffalo Association of Black Journalists is accepting applications for its 2016 Carl R. Allen Memorial Scholarship. The deadline is June 30.

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

The scholarship is open to African-American high school seniors, as well as college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are or will be pursuing studies leading to a career in journalism. Applicants must be permanent residents of Erie or Niagara counties and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

In addition to filling out an application, students must submit a letter of recommendation, samples of their work, a brief autobiography, résumé 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, NY 14205.

Applications are available in the financial aid departments at the following schools: University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State, Canisius College, Daemen College, D’Youville College, Medaille College and St. Bonaventure University.

Applications also may be obtained at Buffalo public high schools, Niagara Falls High School or by calling 849-5598.

The scholarship is awarded annually in memory of Carl R. Allen, a longtime reporter at the Challenger and The Buffalo News who died in November 1999. Allen, a Buffalo native, graduated cum laude from Buffalo State College. An award-winning journalist, he wrote extensively on matters of concern to the local African-American community during his 20-year career.

Established in 1999, the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists advocates for greater representation of minority groups in local newsrooms at both the staff and management levels. The organization also is dedicated to improving local coverage of issues important to minorities.

The BABJ is a local affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists, the world’s largest organization for people of color working in mass media.