The CCNMA Scholarships, including the Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship, the Frank del Olmo Memorial Scholarship and the George Ramos Memorial Scholarship, are awarded annually to qualified Latino students who are planning to pursue a career in journalism. The scholarships range from $500 to $1,000 per student and are based on several criteria, including: commitment to the field of journalism, scholastic achievement, community awareness and financial need. Students must be enrolled full time for the entire academic year in which they apply. They must also be a California resident or attend an accredited college or university in California. All winners are invited to and recognized at the annual CCNMA Scholarship Banquet.
Joel Garcia was the Los Angeles journalist who first proposed founding a professional association for Chicano journalists in 1972. That group would eventually become CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California. A native of Los Angeles, Garcia worked as a newspaper reporter and general assignment reporter for KNBC and KTTV television stations in Los Angeles. He was working as a producer and reporter for KCET at the time of his death in 1977.
Frank del Olmo was a founding member of the CCNMA and served on its Board of Directors from its inception until his death in February 2004. Del Olmo worked 33 years at the Los Angeles Times and, as associate editor, was the newspaper’s highest-ranking Latino. He was a member of the Times’ all Latino Pulitzer Prize-winning team for a landmark series on Latinos in Southern California, and won an Emmy for writing a documentary on immigration for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.
George Ramos was a longtime CCNMA member and served on its Board of Directors for many years. He was a reporter, columnist and editor with the Los Angeles Times, and was co-editor of the Latino series that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. He left the newspaper in 2003 to join the journalism faculty at his alma mater, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He also was a longtime adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He was a strong supporter of the CCNMA scholarships and made an annual contribution until his death in July 2011.
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