KJNB-TV Establishes Scholarship Endowment for A-State
JONESBORO – A new television station in Jonesboro has created an academic scholarship endowment with the Arkansas State University Foundation, Inc. The KJNB-TV Scholarship Endowment Fund will help deserving students finance and fulfill education priorities at Arkansas State.
“The ownership of KJNB has a history of being very actively involved in the community and takes its mission to serve the public as part of a greater goal in ‘paying it forward’ which has become the company’s mantra,” said station owner Michael Reed. “Providing this scholarship is one of the best ways we know to pay it forward to others in perpetuity, and is our way of preparing the next generation to share our experience of a rewarding career in broadcasting.”
“It is a privilege for the employees of Jonesboro TV, LLC, KJNB TV39, CBS and FOX to partner with Arkansas State University in such a meaningful way,” added Bill Lane, Group Vice President. “As we become the first company to launch local Jonesboro broadcast TV stations in more than 50 years, this is just one of many partnerships we are beginning to foster to help support the community. It's part of our mission as broadcasters, but it's also a very personal mission for co-owners Mike Reed, Bill Christian and our company. ”
Qualifications for receiving the $1,000 scholarship, which is awarded each year to a student pursuing a career in broadcast television, include being a full-time student who has completed at least 30 hours, a minimum 2.5 grade point average, demonstrates a need and applicants must submit a portfolio of work with an application. The current recipient is eligible to receive the award again after reapplying each year.
“We are grateful to KJNB for establishing this scholarship and showing its support of the broadcasting program at Arkansas State University,” said Dr. Brad Rawlins, dean of the College of Media and Communication. “This will greatly benefit a qualified student each year and helps us meet one of our goals in the college, which is to help students lower their costs of getting a world-class education.”
Five finalists are chosen by the College of Media and Communication Scholarship Committee and then forwarded to KJNB executives for final selection.
The station, a FOX and CBS television affiliate, first signed on the air locally June 1, 2015. The station is owned by Jonesboro TV, LLC, and is represented by Reed and Bill Christian along with Lane. Studio facilities are located at 2400 E. Highland Drive in Jonesboro and the stations’ transmitter is licensed and located in Walnut Ridge on Channel 39.