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. 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.

2025 Scholarship Application will be available in
December 2024.

From the Executive Director

One of my ongoing quests for the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation, is to create opportunities for broadcasters to stay engaged. Our former broadcasters are vital to the sustainability and legacy of the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation. It is in their footprints that the path was paved for our next generation of broadcasters. With that, I am thrilled to announce the creation of the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation’s, Broadcast Alumni Committee (BAC). This group of former broadcasters will captivate the attention of additional previous broadcasters of Nevada, with a common mission: to ensure the sustainability of our scholarship fund.

Speaking of the next generation of Broadcasters; this year, 31 students will have the benefit of being called Tony and Linda Bonnici Scholars. This equates to nearly $233,000.00 in tuition funding for the 2023 Fall and 2024 Spring semesters. This brings our total to 263 scholarships that have been awarded through the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation’s Tony and Linda Bonnici Broadcasting Scholarship Fund since its inception.

It goes without saying that the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation would not exist if not for the selfless efforts of our Board of Directors, and volunteers, along with the generous on-going support we receive from our donors, sponsors, Nevada Radio and Television industry and the Nevada Broadcasters Association, but most importantly, our namesakes, Tony and Linda Bonnici whose dedication for continued education of these amazing young adults, stands second to none.

A special acknowledgment to the individuals and companies who assist in funding the following scholarships: Colin Cowherd and Lotus Broadcasting (Colin Cowherd Scholarship), the Geary Company (Mike Geary Scholarship), Speedway Children’s Charities (Dan Lea Scholarship), Deanne Sheehan (Deanne Sheehan Scholarship) and Chet Buchanan (Chet Buchanan Scholarship).

Best Regards and Happy to Serve,

Eric Bonnici

From the Foundation’s Namesakes

After 13 years of recognizing our scholarship recipients, it never gets old!  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 263 scholarships awarded!!  This year’s future radio on-air talent, sports reporters, news producers and behind the scenes production broadcasters are smart, creative, skilled and fun to be around and just what we need for our industry.  We have 31 students enrolled at UNLV, UNR and the College of Southern Nevada this school year, all 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 our fearless leader up there, Amie Chapman.  The Las Vegas golf and gala committees includes our Foundation Board of Directors with special help from DeAnne Sheehan, Jesse Leeds, and Radio Rey!

Tony & I would like to give a special thanks, to our 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; Venus Hammel, Audacy Las Vegas; Misty Morgan Yousfi, Gray Broadcasting; Dane Wilt, Lotus Broadcasting Las Vegas; Terri Foley, KTNV Ch. 13; Monica Schmidt, KVVU FOX 5; and new to our Board three recent graduates and Tony & Linda Bonnici Scholarship Recipients – Ray Fletcher and Briana Joseph and Vanessa Lauren; 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 be a part of the evolution of our industry!

Tony and Linda Bonnici

Tony and Linda Bonnici Broadcasting Scholarship Fund

Foundation Board of Directors

The Nevada Broadcasters Foundation is a 501(c) (3)  EIN: 27-3558079.
A copy of our 990 is available upon request: 8985 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 205, Las Vegas, NV  89123 or (702) 794-4994.