GW, WHCA Team Up for New Scholarship

The Association is stepping up its scholarship game.

Marianna Sotomayor (Photo Credit: Rob Stewart/GW Today)

The George Washington University announced on Tuesday that it will be teaming up with the White House Correspondents Association for a new scholarship, according to a press release.

“As someone who covered the White House for many years, it’s a special privilege for us to usher in the next group of students who will become journalists and, perhaps, White House correspondents,” said Frank Sesno, director of the GW School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA). “We pride ourselves on the opportunities we provide for our students. This partnership illustrates the unique position of SMPA as a direct path into the world of journalism.”

Each year, the scholarship will go to “a journalism and mass communication student who exhibits interest in diversity issues,” and will give a financial award as well as a seat at the annual WHCA Dinner. This year’s recipient will be none other than GW senior Marianna Sotomayor.

“The fact that someone was paying attention to my political journalism skills and believed it was quality work is very humbling,” said Sotomayor, a former intern at CNN, Campaigns & Elections, The Hill and Politico. “The most important part of this award is that it shows people take notice and realize all the work and effort I’ve put into my future career.”

Congrats to Marianna! Good to see the Association stepping up its scholarship game.