2015 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
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Download a PDF of the scholarship section of this year's dinner program, which contains comprehensive information about THE 2015 WHCA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS.
The first and most important mission of the White House Correspondents' Association℠ is to promote journalism education. This year, thanks to the money raised at this dinner, we will give scholarships to 16 worthy college students, while funding programs for hundreds more in local DC high schools through our partnership with Prime Movers Media.
HOWARD UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON, DC
The Harry S. McAlpin, Jr. Scholarship - a one time award of $7,000 . This year's winner is a student from Howard University.
Jourdan Henry, Spring Valley, NY
The White House Correspondents’ Association scholarship prize is a one-time award of $7,000. This year’s recipients are two students from Howard University.
Precious Osagie-Erese, East Orange, NJ
Brandi Montgomery, Hopkins, SC
THE DEBORAH ORIN SCHOLARSHIP
In 2007, the White House press corps lost a fiercely independent and dedicated journalist: Deborah Orin. For nearly 20 years as the White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for the New York Post, Deborah epitomized the very best in journalism. Always there with a tough question, an insightful quote, and a hard-hitting story, she brought to her craft the highest standards of excellence.
Deborah Orin began covering New York politics in 1977, and a decade later moved to the nation’s capital where she reported on four U. S. presidents. She firmly believed that the media needed a wider political perspective, that a diverse country needs a diverse press. Deb lost her valiant battle with cancer, leaving behind her many friends, her husband, Neville, and colleagues on the White House beat. When she died on January 28, 2007, the New York Post wrote: “readers will miss her honesty and wisdom.”
Thanks to a gift, the WHCA has established the Deborah Orin Scholarship to benefit qualified students at her alma mater, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Two students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship, allowing them to pursue the craft Deborah Orin practiced every day. We will miss her voice. But this scholarship will allow a new generation of journalists to strive for Deb’s very high standards.
The recipients of this year’s Deborah Orin Scholarship are two current students from Medill School of Journalism.
Grace Eleyae, Chino, CA
Noor Wazwaz, Homer Glen, IL
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK, NY
The White House Correspondents' Association awarded a $5000 tuition grant in 20015-16 to
Sara Farag Elkamel, Cairo, Egypt
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, COLUMBIA, MO
The White House Correspondents’ Association supported seven graduate students ($2,500 per student) to study in Washington, DC for a semester, as part of the University of Missouri’s well-established program. The University waived the balance of the tuition in return.
Cameron Dodd, Austin, TX
Travis Hartman, Brooklyn, NY
Abby Johnston, Huntsville, TX
Lauren Langille Ontario, Canada
John O'ConnorWarrensburg, MO
Elizabeth Scheltens, Bellbrook, OH
Meredith Turk, Cleveland, OH
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS
The White House Correspondents’ Association supports a student at the Medill School of Journalism through a $5,000 gift toward a post-graduate degree for a student in the Government and Public Affairs reporting track.
Ezra Kaplan, Chicago, IL
THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
The White House Correspondents' Association supports a student of The University of California at Berkeley through a $5,000 gift toward a post-graduate degree for a student in the Government and Public Affairs reporting track.
Gabriel Sanchez, West Covina, CA
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND PHILIP MERRILL COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM, COLLEGE PARK, MD
An annual award of $17,000 is given to four students by the White House Correspondents' Association to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism for the Frank Cormier scholarship. Representing the group this year is
Naomi Harris, Upper Marlboro, MD
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Marianna Sotomayor, Tampa, FL
PAST SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
For additional information about past winners, please visit the SCHOLARSHIP ARCHIVE page.
For more information, contact:
Julie Whiston, Executive Director WHCA, 202.266.7453 (click to send message)
Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News, firstname.lastname@example.org