Media Studies

Mar 16, 2011 (LBO) – The United States Agency for International Development has given 20 scholarships to students at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism in Colombo, the US embassy said. The scholarships are for the 2011 diploma program. The scholarships provide tuition and a monthly stipend.

During the 12-month program, scholarship recipients choose from Tamil, Sinhala and English course streams focusing on print, television or radio with an internship with a media organization.

“USAID believes that a strong and independent press is a cornerstone of democracy” Jim Bednar, USAID Mission Director said in a statement.

“These scholarships will contribute to maintaining the diversity and caliber of Sri Lanka™s press corps in the years to come,”

The course produces about 60 graduates a year with 97 percent job placement rate, the statement said. USAID said it hoped to provide scholarships to students from the provinces.