Two Morehouse College Scholars Receive Prestigious Journalism Fellowship

Date Released: April 17, 2017

By D. Aileen Dodd

Scholars Ayron Lewallen and Darrell Larome Williams were recently honored as the first Morehouse College students to receive a new journalism fellowship co-sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association and Chevrolet.

Lewallen and Williams were among eight college scholars to receive the “Discover the Unexpected” National Newspaper Publishers Association Fellowship. The opportunity was open to gifted writers from Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Howard University.

Lewallen, a junior sociology major and journalism minor from Wichita, Kan., said he was excited about the summer fellowship. 

“I am hoping to gain invaluable experience,” said Lewallen, campus news editor with the Maroon Tiger. “I am interested in becoming a broadcast journalist. I hope to enhance the writing skills that are necessary to master daily news and script writing so that I can be competitive in the industry.”

Williams, a junior drama major and CTEMS minor from Hyattsville, Md., said that he was honored to be one of the first two Morehouse College scholars to receive the fellowship. 

"Receiving this fellowship opportunity is a blessing from God," Williams said. "I'm ecstatic to embark on this journey with the NNPA, and I am looking to grow in my career and to represent Morehouse College with the highest esteem. Being one of the first Morehouse College recipients of this fellowship, I am motivated to set the bar high for the next recipients."

The NNPA fellowship offers student journalists the opportunity to cover print and multimedia stories in newsrooms across the Southeast. Students were invited to submit writing samples, resumes, bios, and information about their interest in journalism upon applying for the opportunity.

Fellowship recipients will receive stipends of between $5,000 to $10,000 to help offset their living expenses as they work covering news stories in NNPA affiliate newspapers in Atlanta, New Orleans, Raleigh, and Washington D.C. The eight-week program runs over summer break through July 28. 

During their work experience, student journalists and staffers will have access to a pool of 2018 Chevrolet Equinox cars. The new vehicles will be supplied to the affiliate newspapers for 30 days.

Last Modified: June 8, 2017, 13:06 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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