Nashville Association of Black Journalists names 2017 scholarship recipients

(top row l-r): Janita Hendricks, Jayla Jackson, Leona New (bottom row l-r) Marissa Gaston, Shayla Simmons, Stephen Barnum.

(top row l-r): Janita Hendricks, Jayla Jackson, Leona New (bottom row l-r) Marissa Gaston, Shayla Simmons, Stephen Barnum.

Six Nashville-area college students will receive $4,000 in scholarships thanks to an unprecedented fundraising effort by the Nashville Association of Black Journalists.

“I am thrilled to see such a talented and deserving group of student journalists be rewarded for their hard work. I am also grateful to the generous donors and supporters of The Nashville Chapter of NABJ for contributing to this year’s scholarship campaign,” said Hayley Mason, president of the Nashville Association of Black Journalists. “I hope this effort inspires our young journalists and helps propel them forward in their burgeoning careers. We are gratified knowing that these well-earned scholarships will directly benefit the journalists and media professionals of tomorrow.”

Sandra Long Weaver Scholarship recipients will be awarded $1,000 each. The new scholarship is named after NABJ National co-founder Sandra Long Weaver, a Nashville resident, former managing editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and current advisor for Tennessee State University’s student-run publication, The Meter:

• Marissa Gaston, a journalism major at Middle Tennessee State University

• Shayla Simmons, a mass communication major at Tennessee State University

The Scripps Howard Foundation Scholarship recipient will be awarded $500. This scholarship was possible due to a generous donation from the Scripps Howard Foundation. This year’s recipient is:

• Jayla Jackson, a multimedia journalism major at Middle Tennessee State University

NABJ Nashville scholarship recipients will be awarded $500 each:

• Janita Hendricks, a multimedia major at Middle Tennessee State University

• Stephen Barnum, a journalism major at Middle Tennessee State University

• Leona Dunn, a mass communication major at Tennessee State University

The students will be formally honored at a scholarship reception set for 4 pm, Sunday, June 11, in the first floor rotunda at Cravath Hall on the Fisk University campus at 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville, Tenn. 37208.

The Nashville Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services and advocates on behalf of Black journalists worldwide. NABJ, an advocacy group, was founded in 1975. Learn more on the website at NashvilleNABJ.com or follow on social media at Facebook.com/nashvillenabj