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Howard U. Journo Scholarship Honors Late Alum Terez Paylor

Howard University this fall will bestow a journalism scholarship created earlier this year in honor of late sportswriter Terez A. Paylor, a Howard alum.

The scholarship, created in February by The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Sports and The Kansas City Star, will be awarded to students majoring in journalism with an emphasis in sports journalism and carrying at least a 3.0 GPA.

“We can’t think of a better way to acknowledge, honor, and cement Terez’s legacy and contributions as a sports journalist than establishing this scholarship in his name at HU,” Paylor’s parents, Sharmyn Elliott and Ava Paylor-Elliott, said in a university-issued statement. “By virtue of this scholarship, it is our hope that our son’s legacy will live on and inspire future black sports journalists to employ the tenacity and perseverance Terez epitomized.”

Paylor, a Detroit native who graduated magna cum laude from Howard University in May 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in print journalism, died in February at age 37.

Paylor’s fiancée, Ebony Reed, has raised more than $100,000 in less than six months for an endowed scholarship in his honor, Howard announced.

“Terez was an exceptional journalist whose passion for football made him a respected voice,” Reed said. “His legacy of excellent reporting with a human touch, deep knowledge of football and being known as someone who always had time to help a friend or offer mentorship will now impact future generations, too.”

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