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NBCUniversal creates $1M scholarship fund for underrepresented students at Columbia Journalism School

February 16, 2021 – The NBCUniversal News Group has launched a $1,000,000 multiyear scholarship fund at Columbia Journalism School to support students from underrepresented populations who seek careers in journalism.

"This generous gift is part of a broader school campaign to expand the professional pipeline for students who can help our industry better reflect the communities it serves," said Steve Coll, Dean of Columbia Journalism School and Henry Luce Professor of Journalism.

The school’s scholarship campaign is called Access Matters, raising funds from alumni and friends of the school to educate the next generation of journalists. It is focused on making a Columbia education available to all students, regardless of their circumstances, to achieve their potential.

"Particularly at this time when economic stress has hit so many underrepresented communities the hardest, Columbia Journalism School is committed to keeping our goal of inclusiveness and equity a top priority," said Dean Coll.

"It makes a real and lasting impact when newsrooms are filled with journalists who represent our diverse society and can tell stories that matter to their communities," said Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal News Group. "Building an inclusive future starts with the younger generation, and we are proud to partner with Columbia Journalism School to elevate and develop talented students from all backgrounds." 

The NBCUniversal News Group Scholarship was the idea of veteran NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, who recently announced his retirement after a distinguished 55-year career at the network.

Brokaw hopes to create more pathways to journalism careers for students from underrepresented populations. He also seeks to pay special tribute to all those he collaborated with over the course of his career, both in front of and behind the camera.

“Broadcast journalism is always a team effort and that should be recognized and honored,” Brokaw said.

The scholarship will be awarded over five years to students beginning in the 2021-22 academic year.


About NBCUniversal News Group
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About Columbia Journalism School
For more than a century, the Columbia Journalism School has been preparing journalists in programs that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened in 1912 and offers a Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Data Journalism, a joint Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Journalism, The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism and a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications. It houses the Columbia Journalism Review, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. In addition to the Pulitzer Prizes, the school administers many other leading journalism awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the John Chancellor Award, the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, the Mike Berger Awards and the WERT Prize for Women Business Journalists. Journalism.columbia.edu


Elena Cabral
Assistant Dean, Academic Programs & Communications, Columbia Journalism School
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Hollie Tracz
Senior Publicist, MSNBC
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