Wyoma Best Scholarship

RABJ's gift to aspiring young journalists of color
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The Wyoma Best Scholarship for Future Journalists is awarded annually to a local student who is a journalism major or in a communications-related field and is currently accepted to an accredited college/university.

The application deadline is May 1, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.
How to Apply: For more detailed information and to obtain the application, send an email to: rhonda.rabj@gmail.com. ALL materials must be postmarked by May 1, 2018 and mailed with all supporting materials requested: to the Rochester Association of Black Journalists, P.O. Box 60210 Rochester, New York 14606. For more information, go to our Facebook page.

Scholarship Detail: The Rochester Association of Black Journalists has established a scholarship to assist deserving students who are majoring in, or planning to major in, a field of study leading to a career in print, or broadcast journalism. Recipients must complete an application, submit a written essay on a topic chosen by RABJ, and demonstrate the qualities of good citizenship, scholarship and commitment to advancing public understanding of issues faced by people of color via the media.

Part I - List key academic and extra-curricular activities you have undertaken that relate to your intended major. You must show your involvement in giving back to the community through volunteerism. Provide a letter from a person stating exactly what you did, for how long, and how often on the organization or agencies letterhead. Attach copies of all supporting documents.

Part II -Write a 150-word narrative statement describing your personal background and explain in detail why you want to go into journalism. Indicate factors about yourself that make you uniquely qualified to receive the RABJ Wyoma Best Scholarship.

Part III - Essay Questions – Write a 250 word response to each question.

1. How do you think the current digital world we live in affects journalism in its traditional form?

2. What are your ideas on how traditional TV news and newspapers can evolve to be attractive to younger audiences like yourself?
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Wyoma Best, who worked for WROC-TV (Channel 8) and WHEC-TV (Channel 10), was Rochester's first female black reporter, anchor and talk show host. 

She was a courageous reporter and her work as a journalist helped the FBI to recover a Picasso painting stolen from Memorial Art Gallery. She was also the first black women to serve on the Rochester Board of Education. 

Mrs. Best was a business leader and was the first black female manager at the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce when she was vice president of communications. Wyoma retired as vice president of communications for the Rochester Business Alliance after more than 25 years in the spotlight of politics, television and business.

She was a mother of two daughters and wife to a retired engineer, Robert P. Best. The Wyoma Best Scholarship was created in 2005 to help future journalists attending colleges and universities in and outside of the Rochester area.

To mark that occasion, Rochester Mayor William A. Johnson Jr. proclaimed June 1, 2005 Wyoma Best Day. Rochester Association of Black Journalists is a chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, which aims to improve diversity in media organizations and news stories.