2021 TBABJ Griot Drum Scholarship PROGRAM – APPLY TODAY!

Submissions are due BY 11:59 p.m. on THURSday, OctOBER 28, 2021.


The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists (TBABJ) is now accepting submissions for its annual Griot Drum scholarship contest. The program awards scholarships to students of color interested in or currently pursuing a college degree in journalism or a communications-related discipline.


To qualify, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Candidates must provide all of the following supporting documents via email after submitting an application:

Documents supporting scholarship applications should be emailed to tampabayabj@gmail.com by the application deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. Winners will be announced during the Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Rialto Theatre in Tampa.


For assistance, contact scholarship coordinator Dalia Colon at tampabayabj@gmail.com. DOWNLOAD FLYER (PDF | JPEG)


Originally founded as the Suncoast Black Communicators, the group became the Tampa Bay area’s affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists in 1990. Now, the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists (TBABJ) represents journalists of color in the counties of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota along the west coast of Florida. The chapter’s purpose is to bring together people of African descent who work in media or media-related jobs in the Tampa Bay area. To learn more, visit www.tbabj.com.



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