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The White House Correspondents' Association is distributing a record $132,500 to eighteen (18) journalism students from five prestigious universities, and will honor the recipients at its annual scholarship luncheon on April 30, 2010.

Since 1991, the WHCA has awarded nearly $360,000 in scholarship money to 42 graduating high school seniors and college-level students.   The success of this dinner allows members of the White House press corps to give back to the next generation of reporters.

This year, the students will be recognized at a noon-time luncheon at the Atlantic Media offices, 600 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., to be followed by a panel titled: "Press & the Presidency: A Front Row Seat to History."

Former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry will moderate the discussion with five veterans of the White House press corps: Christina Bellantoni, Talking Points Memo; Ron Brownstein, National Journal/ Atlantic Media;
Major Garrett, Fox News Channel; Savannah Guthrie, NBC News; and Jennifer Loven, Associated Press.

"This on-the-record forum will give these students a first-hand perspective on covering the presidency," said Edwin Chen of Bloomberg News & President of WHCA. "The session will also allow these new journalists to discuss how the press corps does its job in an era with new challenges of access, and at a time when our business is undergoing profound changes."

The scholarships are targeted in different ways. Columbia University's grant allows a student from the Middle East to study here and return home to share the best standards of American journalism in that crucial region. At Northwestern, our scholars must demonstrate interest in reporting on government affairs. And at Missouri, the WHCA scholarship program enables up to 10 students to attend its semester-long program in Washington.

For more information, contact:

Julie Whiston, Executive Director WHCA @ 202.266.7453  

Steve Scully, C-SPAN Networks @ 202.626.7956

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The 2010 scholarship recipients are:


The White House Correspondents' Association funded ten graduate students ($2,500 per student) to come to Washington for a semester, as part of the university's well-established program. The university waived the balance of the tuition in return.

Christopher Dieterich - Ft. Collins, CO, is working as a reporter for American Banker.

Elizabeth Lucas - Midland Park, NJ, is doing computer-assisted reporting for Scripps Howard News Service.

Nick McClellan - Kettering, OH, is on the research team for Think Progress, Center for American Progress.

Rose Raymond - Chicago, IL, worked as a reporter for NPR Digital in the fall of 2009.

Jenny Rogers - Chesterfield, MO, is doing research, editing and writing for Slate Magazine.

Sanando Sahoo - Kolkata, India is a reporter in McClatchy's Washington bureau.

Mark Stanley - Kansas City, MO, did reporting and video editing for the Center for Democracy and Technology in the fall of 2009.

Katy Steinmetz - Springfield, MO, is doing research, reporting and writing for Time Magazine.

Hayley Tsukayama - Bloomington- MN, is a reporter with the Washington bureau of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Joel Walsh - Overland Park, KS, is a government affairs and public policy reporter in the Orange County Register's Washington bureau.


The White House Correspondents' Association pays $38,000 to the Medill School of Journalism to cover half the cost of a one-year post graduate degree for a student in the Government and Public Affairs reporting track.

Grant Slater - Norman, OK - $38,000

Grant Slater holds bachelor's degrees in journalism and Russian language from the University of Oklahoma. His work has appeared in The Associated Press, The St. Louis Post- Dispatch, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and publications in his home state of Oklahoma.   Starting in 2007, he worked as a freelance journalist covering the countries of the former Soviet Union.   His reporting included the conflict in Georgia and the local fallout from the global financial crisis.


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 also 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.

These Northwestern University (Medill School of Journalism) students are the 2010 Orin Scholars:

Christopher Allen Paicely, Evanston, IL - $5000
Christopher Paicely received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Indiana University. In the summer of 2008, Paicely traveled to Amman, Jordan for a study abroad program. There he met a family of Palestinian journalists who were fighting for freedom of the press in the Middle East. The passion and commitment of these reporters inspired him to pursue a career in journalism. Paicely's work on poverty, violence, music and culture on the South Side of Chicago has been published in the Northwest Indiana Times and the Austin Weekly News.

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Caitlin Jane Holtzman, Chicago, IL - $5000
Caitlin Holtzman received bachelor degrees in marketing and journalism from Penn State University. Following her undergraduate studies, Caitlin interned in Beijing at the country's national English paper, China Daily. She also interned with Harrisburg, State College and Marie Claire magazines. In 2008 Caitlin travelled to South Africa to research post-apartheid agriculturalpolicies. She would like to cover human rights issues.

photo/Paul Morse


Yoav Sivan - Tel Aviv, Israel - $31,000

The White House Correspondents' Association contributed a $31,000 tuition grant for 2009-2010 covering half the full cost of a one-year post graduate degree for Yoav Sivan, who comes from Israel. He is a journalist, political consultant and human rights activist based in Tel Aviv. He is currently the foreign press spokesman for Israel's Labor Party and has worked for two members of the Knesset. He is also one of Israel's best known LGBT civil rights activists. Having spent much of his career building bridges between opposing communities, Yoav has spoken at conferences throughout Europe and the United States, including at a forum on Israel's Second Lebanon War. It was the first time an Israeli and a Lebanese shared a stage to talk about the war. Yoav's columns on American, European and Israeli politics have appeared in publications around the world. Yoav received his B.A. from Tel Aviv University, where he ranked second among 543 in economics, and studied economics at the graduate level at the University of Wisconsin. After his prospective graduation from Columbia, Yoav will focus on economics, business, political and civil rights reporting.


The Frank R. Cormier Scholarship Award was established in 1991 by the White House Correspondents' Association.   The award was renamed in February, 1994 to honor the memory of Frank R. Cormier, who for two decades exemplified the best qualities of White House correspondents with a blend of gentleness, humor and professionalism that endeared him to the readers who were so well served by his crisp dispatches for the Associated Press.

Christian (Chris) Trevino, Upper Marlboro, MD, is the third winner of the Cormier journalism scholarship which awards him $17,000 for each of his four years at the University of Maryland's Merrill College of Journalism.

Chris is an honors graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville.   His classes there in photography and creative writing inspired him to seek a career in journalism.   He received a Thomas Eastman Award for his sophomore year, recognizing outstanding academic achievement and strength of character.   He won the school's first annual Creative Writing Award in his junior year.   An avid sports fan, Chris participated in baseball, swimming and martial arts (First Degree Black Belt) at DeMatha.   He was a member of the school's Stronger Than Drugs Foundation, helping inner-city youths overcome drug temptations through involvement in martial arts.

He would like his interest in sports to carry over to his education in journalism, with the goal of someday writing for Sports Illustrated.

photo/ Paul Morse


The White House Correspondents' Association scholarship prize is a one-time award of $7000. This year's recipients are three students from Howard University.  

Derrick I. Haynes of Washington, D.C., is a Print Journalism major who has professional experience in the field. He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.   Derrick's honors/awards include the Dean's List, Annenberg Honors Society Program and the Grace Halsell Memorial Scholarship.

Mary A. Godie of Washington, D.C., is a Broadcast Journalism major.   She worked at KTRK-TV as a Producer-Reporter intern the summer of 2008.   Mary did on-camera work and showed great potential as a reporter.   She produced the "intern" newscast, utilizing all the stories done by all the interns over the summer.  

Jasmine A. Norwood of Hyattsville, Md., is a Broadcast Journalism major.   Jasmine is a well-rounded student who knows the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community.   She works with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and finds time to mentor young teens.


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Prime Movers Media (PMM) students Chelsea Green and Aaron Garvin visit the White House briefing room. Photo by Drew Angerer


For additional information about past winners, please visit the SCHOLARSHIP ARCHIVE page.



2010 Howard University scholarship recipients posing with the President and the First Lady. photo/ Paul Morse



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Ten University of Missouri graduate students receiving congratulations from President and Mrs. Obama. See the full C-SPAN video or visit our 2010 SLIDESHOW to see more photos of this year's scholarship recipients.




President Bush climbs up on a chair to equalize the height differential between himself and 6' 8" David Rivelli. Photo/The Associated Press


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For a list of WHCA scholarship recipients since 1991, visit the SCHOLARSHIP ARCHIVE page, which also features links to videos of past dinners and scholarship presentations.





Our 2009 SLIDESHOW features The President and Mrs. Obama, WHCA members, journalism award winners, scholarship recipients, and some familiar faces from Washington and Hollywood. Flash player and a javascript-enabled browser are required to view the slideshow.

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Watch WHCA dinner videos dating back to 1993 on C-SPAN.ORG. Footage includes award presentations, scholarships, historical retrospectives, political humor,and some great "people watching" at the annual dinner.



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