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 President:

Thank you to everyone who attended the gala. This is the 11th year of giving tuition only scholarships to students wanting to pursue Broadcasting as a career!  We have 11 returning students this year and 10 new students were awarded as well, for a total of 21 this season.  This brings our grand total of scholarships awarded to 205 over the last 11 years of the Foundation’s existence!!!

We have a fabulous group of recipients again this year.  It’s refreshing to see so many young people still enthusiastic about the Broadcasting industry!  They will move our business forward with new ideas and energy.

A huge thank you to our fundraising committees, especially our chairwomen-Kristine Anderson and Venus Hammel!  We had two very successful golf tournaments this year in both the North and the South, with the culmination of efforts on the gala silent auction and appeal.  All your contributions are what keep our Scholarship Fund healthy, without you we would not be able to help students learn our industry and become the change agents we need!

Recognition to our Foundation Board—Dean Alan Stivitsky, Reynolds School of Journalism-UNR; Director Kevin Stoker, Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies-UNLV; Tony Bonnici, Lotus Broadcasting; Courtney Bonnici Wadhams, provider of grandbabies; Jim McKusick, Geary Company; Amie Chapman, Sinclair Broadcasting; Kristine Anderson, Lotus Broadcasting; Venus Hammel, Entercom; Valarie Kuschel, Vegas PBS (former Scholarship Recipient); Misty Morgan-Yousfi, Scripps Howard Broadcasting; Mitch Fox, NVBA President; Eric Bonnici, Vice President-Executive Director; NVBA & NVBF.

Linda Bonnici

The average cost of funding one student through 4 years of college is on average $20,000. All donations benefit the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation. Thank you for putting education first.