Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Awards $94,000 in Scholarships to 13 Students During Student Town Hall Meeting

(HAMPTON, VA) – Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications presented $94,000 in scholarship awards to 13 deserving students on Nov. 29, during a lunchtime Student Town Hall meeting in the Scripps Howard School auditorium. The student recipients are being honored with the financial awards for the 2023-2024 academic school year.

The scholarships are donations from the Scripps School’s partnerships with Rashida Jones, president of MSNBC, NBCU Academy Fellows Fund, and the Dow Jones News Fund. The donations reflect the commitment and support media organizations have for the next generation of diverse journalists and public relations professionals.

“Giving back to my alma mater, Hampton University and Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, is what it’s all about for me,” said Rashida Jones, who graduated from the Scripps School in 2002. “I believe it is important to support our students and help them on their journey to becoming successful journalists and strategic communicators.”

The three student recipients of the Rashida Jones Scholarship are sophomores Caitlyn Fitzpatrick, Kajzahna Gray-Richardson, and Trinity Polk. Receiving the Dow Jones News Fund scholarship is sophomore Christin Fluellen. The recipients of the NBCU Academy Fellows Fund are seniors Samiyah Hall, Kassidy McGill, Madysen Scott, and Ayanna Chambers; and juniors Raymond Beasley V, Bella May, Morgan Norris, Logan Russel, and Sherman Boyd II.

Rashida Jones joined the Student Town Hall meeting virtually.

Approximately 100 students attended the ceremonial meeting. While enthusiastic about honoring their comrades, they also talked about their university experiences to feel like they are listened to and heard by the school’s administration.

“I am delighted to present 13 students with scholarships from our amazing media donor partners,” Dean Julia A. Wilson said. “The goal is to elevate our students and to ensure they not only feel like we are listening to them and their concerns, but that we are providing concrete support on their pathway to future career success.”


About Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications The Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications is committed to preparing its students with a high-quality and well-rounded education for global careers in journalism and strategic communications. SHSJC emphasizes accuracy, balance, fairness, integrity, and high ethical standards of excellence through journalism and strategic communications. The Scripps Howard brand is internationally renowned as an educational foundation that promotes, supports, and enables aspiring journalists.

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