The Nevada Broadcasters Foundation invites high school seniors and college students to apply for the Tony and Linda Bonnici Broadcast Communications Scholarship

The Purpose

   By endorsing and supporting quality education, the members of the Tony & Linda Bonnici Scholarship Fund (TLBSF) and Nevada Broadcasters Foundation (NBF) are helping to guarantee the future quality of broadcasting in Nevada.  The NBF has established a scholarship fund to aid in the higher education of promising students.  The purpose is:

§  To support potential and commitment in promising future broadcasters;

§  To encourage a high standard of professionalism in the industry;

§  To foster a strong relationship between higher education and the profession; and

§  To promote a greater understanding of journalistic ethics and societal responsibility of broadcasters.

To Qualify

   Applicants must meet these criteria:

§  Nevada resident;

§  Accepted to or attending a Nevada post-secondary institution (two-or four-year college);

§  Enrolled in a broadcast or related curriculum such as broadcast journalism, broadcast accounting, broadcast engineering, etc;

§  Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours (full-time) each semester the scholarship is in effect;

§  Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent;

§  Application signed by college radio/TV/communications department head or high school counselor certifying the applicant meets the eligibility criteria.

§  Submit one electronic copy of application and attachments.

§  Preference given to previous recipients.

§  Submit an official high school or college transcript (mail to: Nevada Broadcasters Association, c/o Adam Sandler, 1050 E. Flamingo Road, S-102, Las Vegas, NV 89119

The Scholarship

   The NBF makes available annually broadcast scholarship awards for tuition.

   Selected applicants will receive a full-year (up to 12 credits) scholarship award for their enrollment in a four-year or two-year college in a broadcast or related communications program.

   Scholarships will be paid in two installments directly to the school registrar following fall and spring enrollment.  The spring installment is contingent on the student continuing to meet the scholarship criteria.

   Recipients will be required to participate in an in-station internship. Internship will be flexible according to the recipient’s school schedule.

   Recipients will be required to volunteer at several fundraising events held throughout the year.

Selection Criteria

   The selection committee will consider depth of thought, clarity of expression and commitment to broadcasting as primary.  Extracurricular activities, community and public involvement, and other interests will also be considered.

   Industry need for management, sales, marketing, technical and engineering professionals may be considered when selecting the recipients.

   Financial need may be considered, but is not required for consideration; applicants are asked to indicate how their education is being funded.

   Submit up to three letters of recommendation. Please note: previous recipients do not need to submit recommendation letters.

Application Procedure

   Complete the application form attaching additional sheets as necessary and email to:

            Nevada Broadcasters Foundation


Applications must be received by 5pm Pacific May 2, 2014.

    The Scholarship Committee will screen the applications to determine who will receive a personal interview.  The Scholarship Committee will invite finalists for a personal interview. The interview process is critical to the Foundation board’s decision process. Scholarship recipients will be notified at the conclusion of the decision process.

The Sponsor

   The Bonnici Scholarship Fund and Nevada Broadcasters Foundation are partners with the Nevada Broadcasters Association, which is a statewide trade association with a membership of radio and television stations serving Nevada.  The Bonnici Scholarship Fund, NBF and NBA have a keen interest in the excellence of broadcast education.  Consistent with this interest and to lend tangible support, TLBSF and NBF have established this scholarship program to encourage students with great passion to enter broadcasting as a career and to seek the highest quality education in the field. 

The scholarship program reflects NBF’s, NBA’s and our member stations’ commitment to equal opportunities in education and employment.

The 2014-2015 Application Cycle has now closed.  Please check back after January 1, 2015 for the new applications and requirements for the 2015-2016 Academic year.