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White House Correspondents' Association Announces Creation of Annual Scholarship for Hampton University Journalism Students
02/01/2022 - #70

WASHINGTON D.C. (Feb. 1, 2022) –  The White House CorrespondentsAssociation announced today the creation of a new scholarship to be awarded each year to one student at the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.  

It is wonderful to see Hampton University students in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications have an opportunity to be actively engaged and covering the White House,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey. “The Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC) was built with a vision to produce ethical and competitive leaders in mass media who are equipped to practice excellence and innovation in multimedia technology while adhering to the core principles of journalism and communications. Now more than ever our country needs fair and unbiased political reporting.”

One $7,000 “Trust in Reporting Scholarship,” funded by the Reuters news organization, will be given annually to a journalism student at Hampton University, preferably one interested in government or political reporting, according to Steven Portnoy, WHCA president and correspondent for CBS News Radio.

Today’s White House correspondents take tremendous pride in helping foster the development of the most promising journalists of tomorrow,” said Portnoy. We are excited to watch the careers of Hampton’s WHCA scholars take flight and grateful to Reuters for its partnership.”

The student will be included in a scholarship luncheon in Washington D.C. on April 29, attend the WHCA dinner on April 30, 2022 and will be paired for one year with a volunteer mentor from the White House press corps.

“We’re inspired and excited about this annual scholarship to benefit our students, and our expanded relationship with the WHCA,” said Julia Wilson, dean of Hampton’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. “This scholarship will help elevate Hampton’s stature and include our school among our nation’s top journalism schools. We plan to be not only the top Historically Black College and University journalism and communications school, but one of the best in the nation.”  

The Hampton University scholarship is the 12th partnership the WHCA has with other universities throughout the United States. Others include American University, Arizona State University, Columbia University, Howard University, Northwestern University, Ohio University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Kansas, the University of Maryland, the University of Missouri and the University of Tennessee. 

"Covering the diverse world in which we live requires a more diverse newsroom,” said Alessandra Galloni, Reuters editor-in-chief. “We’re delighted to extend the ‘Trust in Reporting’ scholarship to Hampton University to further this mission and to provide the next generation of journalists the opportunity to develop crucial skills both through formal education as well as hands-on training.”

The WHCA also provides scholarships in partnership with the Asian American Journalists’ Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The organization also honors an independently financed scholarship recipient from Iowa State University, in partnership with the White House Historical Association.

For more information, contact Executive Director Steve Thomma at director@whca.press

About the WHCA

Founded in 1914, the White House Correspondents’ Association exists to promote excellence in journalism as well as journalism education and to ensure robust news coverage of the president and the presidency. It supports awards for some of the best political reporting of the past year and scholarships for young reporters who carry the WHCA’s hopes for vibrant journalism in the years to come. The WHCA works to ensure that the men and women who cover the White House have the ability to seek answers from powerful officials, up to and including the president of the United States.


About Hampton University

For more than 150 years, Hampton University has been THE Standard of Excellence in higher education. Founded in 1868 by Brig. Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong, Hampton University has a long successful history of offering a strong academic program of educating the “head, heart and hand” and emphasizing the development of character.  This foundation has been built upon by Dr. William R. Harvey who has served as Hampton’s president for 44 years. Under his leadership, the university has experienced accelerated growth and achieved notable accomplishments. During Harvey’s presidency, 92 new programs have been introduced, 31 new structures dot the landscape of the campus surrounded three sides by water, and the university’s endowment has grown from $29 million to $400 million and growing. 


About Reuters

Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider. Founded in 1851, Reuters is committed to the Trust Principles of independence, integrity and freedom from bias. With unmatched coverage in over 16 languages, and reaching billions of people worldwide every day, it provides trusted intelligence that powers humans and machines to make smart decisions. Reuters supplies business, financial, national and international news to professionals via desktop terminals, the world's media organizations, industry events and directly to consumers.



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