Nunavut journalism scholarship to honour John Amagoalik

Baffin beneficiaries eligible for $5,000 annual scholarship

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

John Amagoalik is being honoured with a scholarship in his name, courtesy of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. (FILE PHOTO)


John Amagoalik is being honoured with a scholarship in his name, courtesy of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. (FILE PHOTO)

Long time Nunavut leader and Nunatsiaq News columnist John Amagoalik is being honoured with a scholarship in his name, courtesy of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.

The QIA announced May 28 that the organization has launched a $5,000 John Amagoalik Journalism Scholarship which the QIA will hand out annually.

“We have heard from community members that we need to do more to formally recognize Qikiqtaaluk Inuit who played an integral part in the negotiations leading up to Nunavut,” said QIA President PJ Akeeagok, in the news release.

“The gesture is in recognition of his tremendous contributions in the creation of Nunavut and his continued involvement in the shaping of the Qikiqtaaluk region and the country.”

The scholarship will be open to beneficiary students in the Qikiqtaaluk region who are pursuing post-secondary education in the field of journalism.

Those entering a field that promotes Inuit language and culture will also be considered.

In order to apply, students must:

• have a valid Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. card showing they are a beneficiary of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement within the Qikiqtaaluk region;

• be enrolled in a post-secondary academic institution in the field of journalism for the September and January semesters or in a field of study promoting Inuit language and culture;

• maintain a full course load and maintain a passing grade point average; and,

• must complete and submit an application form.

Applicants have until June 26 to apply. You can find the application form on the QIA website. Under the “Documents” heading, it’s the final document in the list. Or you could go here.

Contact Joanasie Kanayuk at the QIA, 975-8400 or 1-800-667-2742, or contact your local community liaison officer for more information.

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