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NABJ 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Monday, July 23, 2018  
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NABJ 2018 Scholarship Recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 23, 2018) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce its 2018 scholarship recipients. 

NABJ awards scholarships annually to deserving students interested in pursuing careers in journalism. This year, NABJ has awarded $76,000 in scholarships.

"NABJ is steadfastly committed to helping our student members reach their full potential. Our scholarship program is a strong initiative to help defray continually-rising educational costs," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "We are proud of this year's scholarship recipients and we will continue to nurture the next generation of media professionals."

NABJ's scholarships are a part of the Student Education Enrichment and Development Program (SEED), which provides professional and educational opportunities to students pursuing careers in journalism. Since 2009, NABJ has awarded $634,000 in scholarships.

Acel Moore Scholarship for Community Journalism

JBriaan Johnson
Louisiana State University

Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you’re at it. - Horace Greeley

Acel Moore Scholarship for Community Journalism

Tatyanna Turner
Columbia Journalism School 

Education is for improving the lives of others for leaving your community and world better than the way you found it. - Marian Wright Edelman


Acel Moore Scholarship for Community Journalism

Carla Williams
University of California Berkeley Graduate School

It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains. - Assata Shakur

Carole Simpson Scholarship 

Bre’Anna Grant
St. John's University

Nothing is going to happen today that you and God can’t handle.

DeWayne Wickham Founder's High School Scholarship

Peyton Wilson
The George Washington University

I am grateful for this scholarship and the support from the NABJ and am eager to thrive as a journalist in this country.

I am an American, too, and I’m the face of the part of American that is often ignored, and that needs to change. - April Ryan
Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship

Cecil Hannibal III
University of Southern California

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful. - Dr. Eric Thomas 


Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship 

James Tyner
University of Southern California

My path through journalism is not traditional, and I’ve often felt out of place or uncertain about my career path. I’m grateful to NABJ and Facebook for reaffirming the importance of unique and innovative perspectives in this industry and supporting students like me who aim to push journalism forward.
Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship

Keishel Williams
CUNY Graduate School 

My purpose in life is to serve and help others channel their voices, so I always write with that objective in mind.

Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship

Randy Gener
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Applying for NABJ’s Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship was for me a plea for help. Terrible and violent events have set me back professionally, personally and financially.  I am today scrambling after a dream of healing and recovery by attaining a Master of Science degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.  For NABJ to grant me this scholarship at this very tenuous moment is to extend before me a new lifeline.

Les Payne Founder’s Scholarship

Akintunde Ahmad
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. -Jackie Robinson
NABJ Scholarship

Jordan Hunter
University of Southern California 

I thank the NABJ for granting me this scholarship. Because of the NABJ’s organizational and program support, I am encouraged and know that I can not only make it in the sports journalism world, but also use my voice to make a difference.

NABJ Scholarship

Tallie Spencer
University of Southern California  

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. – Maya Angelou

Region III Scholarship 

Brooke Frierson 
Winthrop University

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.” Journalism is what I love and one day I hope to accomplish everything I set out to do and everything “they” said I couldn’t. -Maya Angelou

Region III Scholarship 

Denise Powell 
University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) 

See what no one else sees. See what everyone chooses not to see – out of fear, conformity, or laziness.See the whole world anew each day. - Patch Adams


Dr. Sheila Brooks NABJ Entrepreneur Scholarship 

Tyrah Majors
University of Southern California

When you have a great idea, make moves and make it MAJOR. Don’t wait around because of fear; you’ll be disappointed when someone else makes your move, before you do.


Larry Whiteside Scholarship

Kendra Andrews 
Gonzaga University

NABJ has helped me so much throughout my young career. This scholarship is the latest investment they have made in me and I am eager to continue working in school and journalism and give back to an organization that has given me so much.


Stuart Scott Internship

Raichele Privette
Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies-Journalism 

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. - Oprah Winfrey


Visual Task Force Scholarship

Taylor Turner 
American University  

'...This happened so the power of God could be seen in [you].’ John 9:3


Visual Task Force Scholarship

Drew Costley 
University of California-Berkeley

I love exploring the universe with my camera and sharing what I learn through photography. NABJ’s Visual Task Force has helped make that possible, and for that I’m grateful.


Many of the students will be in attendance at the 2018 NABJ Convention and Career Fair Aug. 1-5 in Detroit. Please register here.


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. For additional information, please visit














































































































































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