IJA announces 2023-2024 NYU scholarship recipients

The New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is proud to offer a new full-tuition scholarship to an Indigenous Journalists Association member admitted to one of the 10 NYU Journalism graduate programs in the fall of 2023.

For the third year in a row, IJA and NYU partnered to provide a full-tuition scholarship worth greater than $70,000 — this is the first year two students have been selected for the opportunity.

Alex Dolansky

Alex Dolansky (he/him/his), Cherokee, was born in San Diego, CA, and grew up in Boston, MA and in Ottawa, Canada. Alex explored different kinds of writing in a specialized high school Literary Arts program, and then graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a Bachelor of Humanities and Journalism. As an intern at CKCU-Ottawa, Alex gained experience with podcasting and other forms of audio journalism, and in the Humanities side of his degree, enjoyed thinking about history, culture, philosophy and the arts. Alex’s passion for long-form writing based on in-depth research and thoughtful commentary is well-grounded in both his journalism experiences and his deep engagements with the humanities. He is very much looking forward to learning from world-renowned journalists at NYU in the Fall of 2023.


Paige Willett

Paige Willett (she/her/hers) is a dual citizen of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) and the United States. Born and raised in central Oklahoma, she attended the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications and received her bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and electronic media in 2012.

She is an award-winning writer and audio journalist and the editor of the Hownikan (CPN’s monthly news publication). Her work has also been published by the Shawnee News-Star, Countywide and Sun, The Oklahoman, First American Art Magazine, and NPR affiliate KGOU. She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association and the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. She was named one of NextGen Under 30 Oklahoma recipients in 2019. She is also a member of CPN’s chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

Paige works for the CPN in public information and writes for its newspaper and hosts/produces the Hownikan Podcast. She is the vice president of the board of directors for The Kwek Society, a non-profit dedicated to ending period poverty for Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island, and writes and edits its quarterly newsletter. She enjoys telling her Tribe’s stories every day and helping Tribal members connect to their culture no matter where they are in the world.

The goal of the IJA-NYU scholarship is to support an exceptional journalist who might not otherwise have the opportunity to earn a graduate journalism degree in one of the school’s top-level graduate journalism programs.

To learn about how to apply in 2024, contact Sheena Roetman at sroetman@naja.com. The Indigenous Journalists Association is a 501c3 nonprofit and donations are tax-deductible.