WASHINGTON (March 30, 2016) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce the recipient of the first Stuart Scott Internship is Bamidele Idowu of Syracuse University. The internship will be offered in memory of Stuart Scott for his contributions to sports journalism. The longtime ESPN anchor died January 4, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.
"The NABJ Sports Task Force made an exceptional selection in choosing Bamidele Idowu as the recipient on the inaugural Stuart Scott Internship," said Robert King, ESPN senior vice president of SportsCenter and News. "I can only imagine how proud Stuart would be had he reviewed Bamidele's stellar credentials and query letter. 'I've been praying for this opportunity for so long,' Bamidele wrote, 'and now that it's here I believe that I can contribute my promotion and communication skills to improve and maintain the positive image and reputation of a man like Stuart Scott.' I have every reason to believe that the young man will succeed at this lofty goal."
Idowu, a junior broadcast digital journalism and information management technology major, will have a 10-week paid internship at ESPN in Bristol, will have a fully furnished apartment at $1,000 for the summer and will receive a $3,500 scholarship on behalf of ESPN and the NABJ Sports Task Force.
"The late Stuart Scott will always exemplify to me the model of what a star journalist of any color should aspire to be," said Marc J. Spears, NABJ Sports Task Force chairman. "He was brilliant, humble and a wonderful mentor. He was talented. He had the ear of everyone in sports whether athlete or viewer and he changed the way how sports casters talked about the game. He is truly missed, but never forgotten. Bamidele should certainly be proud of receiving the first Stuart Scott scholarship. Congratulations on your amazing honor and opportunity."
About The National Association of Black Journalists: An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.