The 2013-14 scholars were:
Anishka Sharma, 23, is from Middlesex and is currently studying an MA in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London.
"Having known from a young age that I wanted to pursue a career in journalism, I have always been aware of how difficult it can be to map your way through this industry. This is why I am extremely grateful to the George Viner Memorial Fund for having opened several doors and opportunities for me.
"I am most thankful for the trustees’ invaluable advice that has consistently pointed me in the right direction and encouraged me to look at journalism from an innovative and exciting viewpoint.
"Most of all, though, I am eternally grateful for the work experience placement at Radio 1 Newsbeat – it was the most eye-opening experience that I have had in journalism to date, none of which would have been possible without GVMF's support."
Haseeb Malik, 28, is from East Yorkshire and is currently studying a Multi Media Foundation Course in Journalism at the Press Association, London.
"When Press Association offered me a place on their fast-track NCTJ course in London - I was elated. However, I had a massive dilemma on my hands as to how I was going to finance my training. After being turned down by other bursary schemes, the George Viner Memorial Fund offered me a lifeline to pursue my journalism career and I would not be where I am today without their help.
"I have now completed my NCTJ diploma and picked up lots of key skills. I made the most of a work experience placement at BBC Radio Humberside, in January, which was another opportunity I would not have come across if they bursary hadn’t opened up doors for me.
"I am currently working as a reporter for the Grimsby Telegraph and will always be grateful to the GVMF for the role they have played in my development as a journalist."
Lara Owen, 24, is from Birmingham and is currently studying an MA in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London.
"While at the University of Leeds studying Chinese and English, I realised that I wanted to pursue Broadcast Journalism as a career, combing it with my interest in China's culture and politics. Since graduating, I have started my Masters in Broadcast Journalism at City University. It is a really practical course and I have come so far in terms of the skills I have learnt, namely being able to edit my own news packages and produce an entire radio show.
"The financial support of the George Viner Memorial Fund is something I will be eternally grateful for. When I got the news about the scholarship, I couldn't believe it because the question of how I was going to fund the MA had been playing on my mind for over a year.
"I also recently completed a fantastic placement at the BBC Chinese Service, which colleagues at the trust helped me arrange. Being given the opportunity to write original articles and the chance to be a spokesperson on BBC World News were personal highlights. Thank you to everyone who made this year of study possible!"
Monika Plaha, 22, is from Warwickshire and is currently studying an MA in Television Journalism at City University, London.
"The MA at City University has been extremely beneficial to my journalism career, not only have I learnt how to film and edit a news report, but also how to execute the presentation of the news. I have had two placements, one at Sky Digital another at the BBC Arts & Entertainment and my third one will be at ITV.
"I have learnt so much already on this exciting journey and met some truly inspirational people- all of this would not be possible without the incredible help and support from the GVMF. The GVMF has given me the perfect kick start into my journalism career providing me with financial support, confidence, media industry contacts and work place opportunities. Thank you so much!"
Symeon Brown, 25, is from Essex and is currently studying an MA in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London.
"At their best journalists, provide the most important civic currency – to inform populations and critique power. I want to do journalism that enables us to make better choices. The quality of debate is determined by having as diverse a range of experiences and ideas as possible.
"Having a plurality of voices and experiences in a newsroom or investigative unit adds real value whether it is by accessing voices others cannot or asking the questions others did not think of. What the NUJ George Viner Memorial Trust does is make an investment into a press that becomes better equipped to tell the stories that matter.
"I am grateful to have been a beneficiary. I consider being a fellow as a responsibility to be best and most honest journalist I can be."
Celestina Olulode, 26, is from London and is currently studying an MA in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London.
"Support from the George Viner Memorial Fund has enabled me to go ahead with a Masters in Broadcast Journalism at City University. I'm now half way through the course and I have learnt a lot about what is news, newsgathering, and how to be an ethical journalist.
"The Memorial Fund has also helped me gain key experience and contacts within BBC London 94.9. During my two-week placement I worked with reporter Jason Rosam on breakfast shifts, engaged in newsgathering, edited audio materials and collected voxpops. Following on from my two-week placement I am now work shadowing at the station."
Carron Taylor (now Basu Ray)
Mariam Fanta Manneh
Pranav Pravin Soneji
Gurbakhsh Kaur Kalsi
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