Essays On Dwight Lauderdale

The South Florida Black Journalists Association is pleased to announce its scholarship winners for 2014.

Monica Herndon is this year’s Dwight Lauderdale $1,000 Scholarship winner. Herndon, who recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Miami (UM) with a B.S. in Communication, hopes to become a photojournalist. She graced the Dean’s List, The Provost’s List, and the President’s List while at UM. She has won other awards and scholarships. Herndon was the photo editor of the university’s newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.

In her letters of recommendation, Herndon—who is from Annapolis, Maryland—was labeled as “hard working,’’ a student with “excellent work ethic,’’ “curious,’’ “a storyteller,’’ and one who showed “passion’’ and “commitment.’’ She did all this while maintaining a 3.9 cumulative, unweighted GPA.

In her essay, explaining why journalists of color are vital in shaping the delivery of news and other information, Herndon says: “the cultural understanding that minorities provide makes the coverage more complete, accurate, and fair. Stories that might be superficial when told by someone without an understanding of the community, can reach a higher level of complexity when told by someone who has the experience. … We do not just want to tell Black stories, or Hispanic stories, or Asian stories, but in-depth human stories. We want our stories to be understood and valued by all people, regardless of race.’’

Herndon’s impressive work can be viewed at www.monicaherndon.com.

The SFBJA scholarship committee was swayed by another applicant’s package and decided to dig into its coffers and award a second Dwight Lauderdale Scholarship. Ashley McBride, a junior at the University of Miami who is from Tampa, will receive a $500 scholarship. Majoring in journalism with minors in Africana Studies and Human and Social Development, McBride works for The Miami Hurricane as a senior news writer and as the copy chief of the university’s yearbook, Ibis.

McBride, who has maintained a 3.6 cumulative GPA at UM and hopes to graduate in May 2015 with a B.S. in Journalism, has recommendation letters that list her as cheerful, passionate, sensitive, diligent, easy to work with, and a role model.

In her essay she says: “Journalists of color are essential in every newsroom … can use their careers to talk to those who think they don’t have a voice, to report their stories. … It is imperative that we use journalism to expose the mainstream community to stories and people that they may not encounter in their everyday life.’’

The scholarship honors Dwight Lauderdale, who retired in 2008 after more than three decades as a reporter and anchor at WPLG-Channel 10. It is open to students pursuing journalism or communications degrees and attending college in South Florida. (See the Dwight Lauderdale Scholarship Requirements under the Scholarship tab on this website.)

Kayla Viaud, from Palm Beach Atlantic University, was the 2013 recipient of the scholarship. The 2012 recipients included Herndon, Viera Galloway, and Melonne Mack, both from Florida Memorial University.

A special congratulations to this year’s winners!

To get more information on SFBJA scholarships, click the “Scholarships” tab at the top of the home page.

 

 

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Rochelle Bridges Memorial Scholarship

Requirements for Rochelle Bridges Memorial Scholarship Applicants

2015-2016 Academic Year

The Rochelle Bridges Memorial Scholarship (which may provide up to $1,500) was developed to encourage and support high school students who want to become journalists.

High School Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at a high school in Miami-Dade or Broward counties.
  • include an official transcript.
  • be graduating by June of 2015.
  • completely fill out the application.
  • provide a two‐page, double‐spaced essay (of about 500‐700 words) that addresses the following question: Why are journalists of color vital in shaping the delivery of news and other information?
  • provide three letters of recommendation from either instructors, counselors, or administrators that indicate the student is of outstanding moral character and in good standing within the school community. These people should have personal knowledge of the applicant’s academic and/or journalism-related performance that reflects suitability for the scholarship.
  • provide at least two samples of work that show the applicant’s talent: news stories written, pages designed, websites created (send URL), or broadcast tape produced. Photographers and graphic artists should submit a small portfolio of their work.

Each finalist will undergo a personal interview with the SFBJA scholarship committee.

All materials must be postmarked by April 3, 2015.

Please mail completed applicationproof of citizenship or permanent residencyofficial transcriptessaythree letters of recommendation, and at least two samples of work to:

South Florida Black Journalists Association
Rochelle Bridges Memorial Scholarship
P.O. Box 21355

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33335-1355

You can download the application of the Rochelle Bridges Memorial scholarship Below

Rochelle Bridges Memorial Scholarship Application

If you have questions or need additional information, contact Russell Motley, SFBJA scholarship chairman, at romotley@gmail.com.

 

Dwight Lauderdale Scholarship

Requirements for Dwight Lauderdale Scholarship Applicants

2015-2016 Academic year

The Dwight Lauderdale Scholarship (which may provide up to $1,000) was developed to encourage and support college students as they study to become journalists.

College Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be students studying communications or journalism.
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must include a copy of an official transcript.
  • be an undergraduate enrolled in a South Florida college or university (Dade or Broward counties) with a minimum of 60 credits completed.
  • completely fill out the application.
  • provide a two‐page, double‐spaced essay (of about 500‐700 words) that addresses the following question: Why are journalists of color vital in shaping the delivery of news and other information?
  • provide three letters of recommendation from either instructors, counselors, or administrators that indicate the student is of outstanding moral character and in good standing within the school community. These people should have personal knowledge of your academic and/or journalism-related performance that reflects your suitability for the scholarship.
  • provide at least two samples of work that show the applicant’s talent: news stories written, pages designed, websites created (send URL), or broadcast tape produced. Photographers and graphic artists should submit a small portfolio of their work.

Previous winners are not eligible to reapply for the Dwight Lauderdale Scholarship. Each finalist will undergo a personal interview with the SFBJA scholarship committee.

All materials must be postmarked by April 3, 2015.

Please mail completed application, proof of citizenship or permanent residencyofficial transcriptessaythree letters of recommendation, and at least two samples of work to:

South Florida Black Journalists Association
Dwight Lauderdale Scholarship
P.O. Box 21355
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33335-1355

You can download the application for the Dwight Lauderdale Scholarship below.

Dwight-Lauderdale-Scholarship-Application

If you have questions or need additional information, contact Russell Motley, SFBJA scholarship chairman, at romotley@gmail.com.

 

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