WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The White House Correspondents’ Association is distributing nearly $100,000 to eighteen (18) journalism students from five prestigious universities, and honored the recipients at its annual scholarship luncheon on Friday, April 29th. Since 1991, the WHCA has awarded more than $465,000 in scholarship money to more than 60 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.
2011 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
WHCA scholarship recipients were recognized at a noon-time luncheon at the Atlantic Media offices, 600 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., followed by a panel titled: "Press and the Presidency: Answers from the White House Press Corps." Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest moderated a discussion with three veterans of the White House press corps: Ann Compton, ABC News; Chuck Todd, NBC News; Ben Feller, Associated Press.
"This year, we are turning the tables and allowing the White House press office to question reporters who cover the president every day," said David Jackson, White House reporter for USA Today and President of the WHCA. "This on-the-record session will also allow these young journalists to get a first-hand account of the unique relationship between the White House and press corps, as reporters write the first draft of history."
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 ten students to attend its semester-long program in Washington.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
These University of Missouri students will each receive a single grant of $2,500:
- Manu Bhandari – Kathmandu, Nepal
- Elizabeth Ann Billingsley – Arlington, VA
- Jonathan Hutcheson – Roscoe, IL
- Jun Ma – Shengzhou City, China
- Kathleen Majorsky – Sarasota, FL
- Virginia Burns Pasley – Alexandria, VA
- Matthew Pearce – Cleveland, MO
- Erin Schwartz – Arlington, VA
- Benjamin Wieder – Houston, TX
The following Northwestern University student will receive a WHCA scholarship for graduate studies:
- Courtney Suybramanian – Chicago, IL - $5,000
These Northwestern University (Medill School of Journalism) students are the 2011 Deborah Orin Scholars:
- Haia Radwan – Chicago, IL - $5,000
- Alexandria Rice – Chicago, IL - $5,000
This Columbia University student will receive a $5,000 grant:
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK
The following University of Maryland student will receive a $17,000 scholarship as part of a four year UMD scholarship program by the WHCA:
- Christian (Chris) Trevino
The following Howard University students will each receive a $7,000 scholarship:
Noelle Jones – Washington, D.C.
Camille Grayson – Baltimore, MD
Seth Lemon – Oxon Hill, MD
For more information, contact:
Julie Whiston, Executive Director WHCA, 202.266.7453 (click to send message)
Michael Scherer, TIME Magazine, 202 861.4092 firstname.lastname@example.org
PRIME MOVERS MEDIA PROGRAM
Last fall, WHCA also formed a new partnership with George Washington University’s Prime Movers Media (PMM) Program. A $20,000 grant will allow the mentor program to continue, bringing together journalists and G.W. students to Washington, D.C. high school students. Board Member and CNN Senior White House correspondent Ed Henry led the effort to bring the project to WHCA. "When Frank Sesno from GWU first approached me about this program, I knew it would be a perfect fit for our association," Henry said. "The WHCA board remains very focused on finding ways to get the maximum yield from the hundreds of thousands of dollars we have given in recent years to college students interested in journalism. Now, Prime Movers has enabled us to make a difference in students' lives even sooner, by contributing money to a high school program like this with such a stellar track record. And in turn I know Prime Movers has benefitted too from having so many White House correspondents generously donating their time to mentoring these young people –- a terrific partnership," he concluded.
Prime Movers Media (PMM) students Chelsea Green and Aaron Garvin visit the White House briefing room. Photo by Drew Angerer
PAST SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
For additional information about past winners, please visit the SCHOLARSHIP ARCHIVE page.
The President and Mrs. Obama with three scholarship recipients from Howard University.
The 2011 SLIDESHOW has a number of images of the reception and the scholarship presentations.
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President Bush climbs up on a chair to equalize the height differential between himself and 6' 8" David Rivelli. Photo/The Associated Press
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
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.