Donations to journalism education

Our by-laws prohibit us from accepting anonymous donations, but from time to time we receive an anonymous donation with no information on how to return it. In such cases, our by-laws allow us to donate the money “to a scholarship fund that supports journalism education.”

To date, New Mexico In Depth has received several anonymous donations totaling $510. We passed that money on to the Harold Cousland Fund for Young Journalists Scholarship – a scholarship in memory of the former Las Cruces Sun-News editor that goes to a graduating high school student from Doña Ana or Luna counties who plans to study journalism in college.

Here’s what David Alejandro Lynch, the 2013 recipient of the Cousland Scholarship, had to say about its importance:

“Receiving a scholarship in the form of $600 from the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico has not only allowed me a chance to start achieving my dreams, but also to study at an institute accredited in the career I am pursuing. My first year at the University of New Mexico has been an incredibly enriching one, in which I have begun to take classes in pursuit of a Journalism and Mass Communications degree, as well as an interdisciplinary degree with the Honors College at UNM. The scholarship granted to me by CFSNM has assisted me in paying for my dorm and living area, which I have come to find out is an integral part of getting the full college experience. Thanks to CFSNM, I am well on my way to achieving my dreams!”

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