The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of Washington, D.C., announced Friday that five aspiring journalists at Washington, D.C.-area universities have been selected to receive scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year.
Two recipient students are from the University of Maryland, and one each from Howard University, Northern Virginia’s George Mason University and Marymount University. They were selected by a committee of journalists from a pool of area students who applied for the scholarships. Based on their applications, finalists were interviewed by the panel and questioned about their aspirations, journalism ethics, the First Amendment and related topics.
The scholarships, totaling $20,000, are funded by contributions from members of the Washington, D.C. Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ-DC), support from the Gridiron Club and Foundation and individual gifts. The money is administered and awarded to students by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of Washington, D.C. (SDX/DC).
“Journalism needs well-trained practitioners today, more than ever,” said SDX/DC foundation President Reginald Stuart, in announcing the selections. “We hope the students we have selected will be able use this financial aid to reach their aspirations to continue helping our society appreciate and understand the value of a strong free press.”
The 2020-21 SDX/DC Scholars are: Kevin McNulty, a junior at the University of Maryland, from Park Ridge, Illinois; Jasmine Boykin, a junior at the University of Maryland, from Silver Spring, Maryland; Donovan Thomas, a junior at Howard University, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Cayla Cade, a sophomore at George Mason University, from Plains, Maryland; and Lauren Galdeano, a senior at Marymount University, from Yorktown, Virginia.
The $4,000 scholarship awarded to McNulty includes $1,000 donated annually by past SDXDC scholarship recipient Ira R. Allen. His award is designated for a University of Maryland student focused on reporting and writing for print and digital media.
A portion of the $4,000 awarded to Thomas and Cade were donated by the Gridiron Club and Foundation which designated its support in honor of the late journalist B.J. Cutler, who wrote and edited for years for Scripps Howard Newspapers and The International Herald Tribune.
In addition to Scholarship Committee Chair Darlene Superville and Stuart, Scholarship Committee members for 2020-21 were SDX/DC board members John Henry, Frank Quine, Amy Fickling and Evelyn Hsu.
SDX/DC is a non-profit journalism foundation founded more than 50 years ago by the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, now the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) of Washington, D.C.
The foundation awards scholarships to students with a proven interest in journalism who are attending colleges and universities in the D.C. area. The deadline for applying was March 23, 2020.
Students interested in scholarships for the 2021-22 school year should check the Foundation’s website (sdxdc.org) for updated application information in November 2020.
The SDXDC scholarships are aimed primarily at students who will entering their junior or senior years of college in the following fall. SDXDC also offers one scholarship to an area community college student demonstrating interest in a career in journalism.
If you or someone you know is pursuing a career in journalism and is attending a college or university in the D.C. area, read on and share this notice with others.