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National Association of Hispanic Journalists recognizes students

Rosemary Montañez and Dayana Villanueva were among 36 journalism students in the country awarded scholarships from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The scholarships honor the life’s work of two prominent Latino journalists.

Montañez received the $2,000 Rubén Salazar Scholarship, and Villanueva received the $2,000 Luis Gomez Scholarship as seniors graduating in December 2021. 

“Going to NMSU has been the best choice I ever made in life,” Villanueva says. “It’s been a dream come true and keeps getting better and better with opportunities like these.” 

As active members of News22, the live student-run newscast, and Noticias22, the Spanish digital student-run newscast, Montañez and Villanueva gained valuable hands-on experience as anchors and reporters. 

With experience working regular broadcast newscasts, and support from the journalism and media studies department, Villanueva and Montañez believe they are well-prepared for careers in journalism. 

“Students who graduate from this department are ready to face the world boldly and are fully equipped to do so,” Montañez says.