Big Island Press Club Offers Scholarships

Big Island Press Club Offers Scholarships

High school and college students wanting to pursue careers in journalism or related fields, including television, film, and digital media are encouraged to apply for scholarships from the Big Island Press Club (BIPC).

The deadline to apply for the six different scholarships is April 8. To qualify applicants must: have Big Island residential ties, demonstrate an interest in journalism or related career, be enrolled as a full-time student and show a record of academic achievement.

Scholarship recipients will be selected in April and honored at the Club’s annual scholarship dinner May 5 in Hilo. Last year, BIPC awarded a total of $4,600 to six Hawaii Island students at its annual scholarship dinner.

Scholarships offered annually by the Big Island Press Club include: $1,500 Robert C. Miller Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 Bill Arballo Scholarship, $1,000 Marcia Reynolds Scholarship, $600 Yukino Fukubori Memorial Scholarship and the $500 Jack Markey Memorial Scholarship. This year the Hugh Clark scholarship, honoring the late Hawaii Island journalist, will also be awarded.

Past Big Island Press Club scholarship winners include John Burnett, Hawaii Tribune Herald reporter; Elisa Yadao, HMSA Senior Vice President, Consumer Experience; Chris Loos, former newspaper and radio reporter and now Hawaii County Police Department spokeswoman; Peter Sur, former newspaper reporter and current Legislative Assistant for County Council District 4, and Ilihia Gionson, former Hawaii County film commissioner and current mayoral executive assistant.

Scholarship applications are available at the BIPC website: For more information email .


Pictured are two of the 2015 Big Island Press Club scholarship winners with comedian Augie T., featured speaker at last year’s scholarship dinner. 

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