The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced its 2019 Prairie Equity Scholarship competition aimed at underrepresented groups—Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities or members of visible minorities— who are broadcast students accepted into a recognized broadcast education program at a post-secondary educational institution in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba.
The Equity Scholarship was instituted in 2009 to address the shortage of broadcasters from these four groups. The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group believes that by supporting the career development of these groups, the industry will access an untapped pool of potentially talented employees, encourage diverse viewpoints and backgrounds, enhance relationships with local communities, and broaden the advertiser and audience base.
Applicants for these two $2,000 awards can access a scholarship information and application package at the websites of the Prairie stations of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, or through the Broadcast Programs at Prairie post-secondary institutions.
Deadline for applications is Oct. 4, with the award to be announced in November.
This year the scholarship initiative is supported by the following stations:
101.5 Today Radio, Calgary • Wild 95.3 FM, Calgary • Big West Country 92.9 FM, Drayton Valley • 102.3 NOW! radio, Edmonton • Up! 99.3 FM, Edmonton • Big Country 93.1 FM, Grande Prairie • Q99 FM, Grande Prairie • Country 95.5 FM, Lethbridge • B-93.3 FM, Lethbridge • Saskatchewan Country CJNS, Meadow Lake • CHAT 94.5 FM, Medicine Hat • CHAT Television, Medicine Hat • MY96 FM, Medicine Hat • CJVR FM, Melfort • Beach Radio 750, Melfort • Q98 FM, North Battleford • Saskatchewan Country CJNB, North Battleford • 93.3 The Rock FM, North Battleford • XFM, Prince Albert • Saskatchewan Country CKBI, Prince Albert • Power 99 FM, Prince Albert • BIG 105.5 FM, Red Deer • 106.7 The Drive FM, Red Deer • B94 FM, Rocky Mountain House • XM 105 FM, Whitecourt • QX 104, Winnipeg • 94-3 The Drive, Winnipeg.
There is a requirement for the submission of a short essay. This essay will be evaluated on the clarity and content of how the applicant addresses the following:
- Applicability of the philosophy of this scholarship to the applicant’s personal situation (i.e., membership in one of the underrepresented groups).
- The applicant’s commitment to broadcasting
- The applicant’s community involvement and activity
There is also a requirement for two written personal or professional references.
Complete the application form, attaching your essay and recommendation letters, and mail or e-mail all documents to:
Prairie Equity Scholarship Committee
Jim Pattison Broadcast Group – Medicine Hat Division 10
Boundary Road SE
Applications must be postmarked/e-mailed by October 4, 2019