Mass Communication majors each receive $2,500 from UNCF and News Corporation
Grambling, LA – Two Grambling State University students have been awarded News Corporation-United Negro College Fund scholarships as a part of a nationwide competition.
Senior Colin Bryan Jno-Finn and recent graduate Erina L. Love will each receive a $2,500 scholarship for education expenses. Both have been Department of Mass Communication majors and applied for the scholarship as a part of the Grambling State University Media Bureau.
"This means hope, hope that I will be able to further my education without having as many financial problems as I did in undergrad," said Love, 23, a native of Ecorse, Mich., outside of Detroit. "I Hope that people believe in me and my future. I am very honored and humbled to be selected as a recipient."
"I am delighted to have been selected for this prestigious scholarship," said Jno-Finn, a native of St. John’s, Antigua, W.I., a mass communication major with a focus on public relations. "I am both honored and grateful for this award and believe that the award is a reflection of my desire to shoot for the sky by always seeking the two ‘P’s — professionalism and perfection."
Since this was the program’s first year, News Corporation and UNCF officials expect even more applications next year as the program is refined and more HBCUs and students learn about the opportunity. "News Corporation is constantly creating opportunities to help students balance education and professional endeavors in our rapidly changing environment," said DaMar Smith, News Corporation’s director of diversity.
In partnership with United Negro College Fund, News Corporation developed the scholarship competition for college students attending Grambling State University, Hampton University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University, Morehouse College and Spelman College for students majoring in journalism, communications, business, engineering (software), technology or math (statistics, design, graphic communication) or digital media. Applicants were required to be a college junior or senior, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and to have demonstrated leadership and financial need. In addition, the applicants had to write an essay and provide a resume, a college transcript, journalism/writing samples and letters of recommendation.
Other UNCF-News Corp winners include students from North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC; North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC; Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga.; Hampton University, Hampton, Va. and Morehouse College , Atlanta, Ga.
News Corporation is a diversified global media company with operations in six industry segments: cable network programming, filmed entertainment, television, direct broadcast satellite television, publishing, and digital. News Corporation values diversity and recognizes it as an important component to sustaining and enhancing the company’s success.
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