Promoting and Advocating for the Broadcasters of Nevada, While Serving the Public

Nevada Broadcasters Association

Our Mission:

The Nevada Broadcasters Foundation (NVBF) and the Tony & Linda Bonnici Broadcasting Scholarship Fund finds the very best broadcasting and journalism students in Nevada and makes it easier for them to pursue their dreams. The Foundation awards up to full tuition scholarships to the next generation of Nevada’s Broadcasters. This scholarship is unique in that it is a scholarship by broadcasters for broadcasters. In the past eleven years, 205 scholarships have been awarded to talented and dedicated students of broadcasting attending Nevada’s Colleges or Universities. From on-air or on the streets, to sales, digital or engineering, these scholarships encourage students with great passion to enter broadcasting as a career and to seek the highest quality of education in the field.

A message from the Executive Director:

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the look on a students face after they just heard the words “you’ve been awarded a scholarship”.  It instantly puts into perspective why we do what we do!  Now in its eleventh year of awarding tuition funding, I am proud to boast that the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation has awarded 205 scholarships through the Tony and Linda Bonnici Broadcasting Scholarship Fund.  This year alone, twenty-one (21) students stood out among the rest and earned the title of an NVBF Scholar.

The Foundation will pay an approximate $161,000. in tuition funding for the 2021 Fall and 2022 Spring semesters.  With no government grants allowed, all revenues are generated by fundraising and donations.

It goes without saying that the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation could not exist if not for the selfless efforts made by our Board of Directors and volunteers, along with the continuous support from Nevada’s Radio and Television industry. A special acknowledgment to the individuals and companies who assists in funding the following scholarships: The Geary Company (Mike Geary Scholarship) Speedway Children’s Charities (Dan Lea Scholarship) and Deanne Sheehan (Deanne Sheehan Scholarship)

I thank you all for your assistance as we continue to “Pave The Way for Future Broadcasters”.

Happy to serve

Eric Bonnici

A message from the Foundation’s Namesakes:

Welcome to the 2021 Gala!

We sure missed everyone last year, there’ll be lots of catching up this year!  Can you believe this will be the 11th year of recognizing our scholarship recipients?  They receive tuition for up to 15 credits per semester, from Freshman to Senior or whenever they join us…meeting the requirements each year of course : )   We are now at a total of 205 scholarships awarded!!

These future broadcasters and productive citizens are smart, creative, funny and just what we need for our industry.  We have 21 students enrolled at UNLV and UNR this school year with new fresh thinking and ideas we’ve never thought of, keeping us relevant and strong. 

Huge thanks to the Nevada Broadcasters Association Board of Directors for their contributions, along with our golf committees in both the North and the South.  In Reno, we couldn’t have had such a successful tournament without Amie Chapman and Mike Murray. Under the stewardship of the foundation’s Operations and Development Specialist, Matalie Watson, the Vegas golf team includes our board of directors with special help from DeAnne Sheehan and Jesse Leeds.  Speaking of giving thanks, we have a fabulous Board that is very involved:  Dr. Alan Stivitsky, Dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism @ UNR; Kevin Stoker, Director of the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism @ UNLV; Jim McKusick, The Geary Company; Amie Chapman, Sinclair Broadcasting Reno; Kristine Anderson, Lotus Broadcasting Las Vegas; Venus Hammel, Audacy Las Vegas; Misty Morgan Yousfi, Scripps Howard Broadcasting Las Vegas; Dane Wilt, Lotus Broadcasting Las Vegas; Samantha Mann, UNLV Graduate & Tony & Linda Bonnici Scholarship Recipient; Mitch Fox, Nevada Broadcasters Association President; and Eric Bonnici, Nevada Broadcasters Association Vice-President and Nevada Broadcasters Foundation Executive Director.

Thank you everyone for your participation however big or small so that we may continue to fund students looking to better themselves and our world!


Tony and Linda Bonnici Broadcasting Scholarship Fund