NAHJ SD-TJ Gives $3,000 in scholarships

Left to right: Union-Tribune Editor Jeff Light, Chapter Vice President Samantha Rivera, scholarship recipient Karina Bazarte, scholarship recipient Ana Paola Olvera, Los Angeles Times Columnist Jean Guerrero and Chapter President Andrea Lopez-Villafaña pose for a photo at the chapter’s 2021 scholarship ceremony. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists San Diego-Tijuana chapter is proud to announce that through the generous donations of members and The San Diego Union-Tribune, we awarded two talented journalism students $3,000 in scholarships on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Karina Bazarte, a journalism student at San Diego State University, got $2,000 from the chapter for her educational accomplishments and passion for uplifting stories of Latino community members. Ana Paola Olvera, a journalism student at SDSU, was awarded The San Diego Union-Tribune $1,000 scholarship for her dedication to covering Latino life stories.

We were joined by dozens of members and professional journalists on Oct. 9 at Mujeres Brewhouse to celebrate Bazarte and Olvera. Thanks to our sponsor tables: SDUT, Scatena Daniels Communications, SDSU’s Journalism and Media Studies school, inewsource and individual guests we raised more than $1,400 for next year’s scholarship.

We are gearing up to fundraise for next year’s scholarship. You can donate here at 

If you were a guest at our event, you can find your headshots here.

Thank you to our dedicated scholarship committee members. Your work made this possible.

Luis Cruz

Suzy Garcia

Adriana Heldiz

David Hernandez

Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

Samantha Rivera

Carlos Rico