The local chapter of NLGJA – The Association of LGBTQ journalists awarded their first scholarship this year.

The recipient, Abdul Djabbour, attends Florida International University.

“Thank you so much for this award, I’m honored to be chosen as one of the winners of this award,” Djabbour said. “I want to thank NLGJA and SPJ for giving us LGBTQ+ people opportunities to keep persuading our careers and goals.”

The $500 award was funded by SFGN and hosted by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

“I’m so thrilled for NLGJA and South Florida Gay News to be able to support an enthusiastic and energetic student journalist like Abdul,” said Michael Majchrowicz, president of NLGJA South Florida chapter. “I hope in some way this award can help support Abdul’s ambitions to become a TV news anchor. We can’t wait to see where this promising young journalist’s career takes him.”

Djabbour is working towards a degree in digital communications/journalism as well as a minor in social media and e-marketing. He hopes to one day work for Univision or Telemundo.

“I would like to be the voice of my community as many immigrants, Latinos, Black people, and LGBTQ+ need a voice and more representation in the world and further, I would like to be one of those individuals to inspire minority individuals and teach them that we can achieve our goals,” Djabbour said.

NLGJA South Florida is looking for sponsors to fund next year’s award. Email Majchrowicz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.