Journalists partner with CCC to offer Mary Jo West scholarship | Navajo-Hopi Observer

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FLAGSTAFF, Arizona. Professional journalist Bonnie Stevens announces a unique collaboration with her lifelong mentor and pioneering TV news anchor, Mary Jo West, to support young women and help shape the future of communication.

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The Mary Jo West Communications Excellence Scholarship will be offered through the Coconino Community College in Flagstaff and the CCC2NAU Program in the fall 2022 semester.

Preference will be given to the female Native American.

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Someone once said, “The meaning of life is to find your talent; West said that the purpose of life is to let go. “How grateful I am that my colleague and former journalist, Bonnie Stevens, has honored me with this opportunity to help ‘abandon her’ with this scholarship.”

West said the scholarship not only provides financial assistance, but also gives her the opportunity to meet and mentor whoever is selected.

“The Native American community has experienced a shortage of the communications profession, and we hope that recipients of this scholarship will be able to pass this knowledge on to others,” West said.

Stevens said the scholarship is about promoting integrity, quality, responsibility, and women in communication, which she said are deep core values ​​for a professional journalist.

“Mary Jo is the epitome of professionalism, grace under pressure, warmth and generosity,” she said. “She is a top-notch storyteller and has encouraged many young women in the news business. She continues to give the world through her efforts to bring love and clean water to an African orphanage, and encouragement and hope for those suffering from mental illness.”

West’s television news career has taken her from covering news, sports, and weather at the dual market in Tallahassee, Florida/Thomasville, Georgia, to the National Network anchor chair at CBS in New York.

She arrived in Phoenix in 1975, working as a producer and host for public radio station KAET-TV in Tempe.

One year later, she was invited to share the anchor desk with legendary Phoenix reporter Bill Close on CBS’s KOOL-TV and became Phoenix’s first female anchor.

At Coconino Community College, which has campuses in Flagstaff and Page, Native American students make up more than 20 percent of students enrolled in CCC. The college has been recognized for its efforts to promote accessible and affordable education in Northern Arizona.

More information about the Mary Jo West Excellence in Communication Scholarship is available at

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