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Howard U. Announces Three WHCA Scholarship Winners

Three Howard University journalism undergraduates have been named as the university’s 2021 White House Correspondents’ Association scholarship winners.

Ariana Cobb, Nyah Hardmon and Ashleigh Fields are the recipients of the scholarships, which are financed by proceeds from the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Fields was awarded the Harry S. McAlpin Jr. Scholarship, which is named for the late White House correspondent who in the 1940s became the first Black reporter to cover a presidential press conference despite opposition from the WHCA at the time.

Cobb is a junior from Westampton, New Jersey, majoring in journalism. She has been a reporting intern at Tapinto.net and will be the social marketing intern for Showtime network in summer 2021. Cobb hopes to be an NBC page and pursue a graduate degree in public relations or journalism, with the goal of becoming a broadcast journalist.

Hardmon is a sophomore journalism major from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is a member of the Howard University Association of Black Journalists, a creative content team member at the Howard University newspaper, a Howard University student ambassador, and a member of the programming department at WHBC 96.3. Her goal is to work in radio as a broadcast professional.

Fields of Charlotte, N.C., is a two-time self-published author, an international freelance journalist, campus editor for The Hilltop newspaper; director of internal and external affairs for the Howard branch of the National Council of Negro Women; and a freelance writer for HBCU Times. She would like to own a television news network that specializes in news focused on underserved global communities.

Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick said the three students “embody our institutional values of truth and service by investigating and promoting the truth in service of our democracy and our society.”

“I appreciate the WHCA for supporting our young reporters and ensuring they develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to inform a global audience,” Frederick said in a statement announcing the winners.

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