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Vol.25, No. 02 Sept. 10, 1999

J-School Creates Scholarships for International Students, With Funding from Scripps Howard

By Lauren Marshall

The Graduate School of Journalism and the Scripps Howard Foundation have established the Jack R. Howard Fellowships in International Journalism, providing scholarships to four international students a year beginning this fall.

"The Journalism School extends its deepest gratitude to the Scripps Howard Foundation for its generous contribution to our international student community," said Dean Tom Goldstein of the Journalism School. "The challenges journalists face are taking on global dimensions, with reporters called upon to understand and interpret the rapid political, social and economic changes taking place internationally. It is our hope that generations of reporters worldwide will graduate from the school equipped with the knowledge and skills to contribute to and advocate for free press practices."

Judith G. Clabes, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation, said the fellowships in international journalism are "a fitting tribute to Jack Howard, a man whose intensity and dedication to a free press were known the world over. I know Jack would be proud that the foundation that bears his family's name is helping journalism students from around the globe embrace the ideals to which he devoted a lifetime."

The students selected to receive scholarships for the 1999-2000 academic year are Nguyen My Ha, Vietnam; Yiva Norberg, Sweden; Alfredo Sepulveda, Chile, and Alieu Sheriff, Sierra Leone.

The Journalism School's international program admits about 40 students a year from more than 20 countries. In recent years, the popularity of the school has increased abroad, but many qualified candidates are unable to attend due to limited financial aid.

The Jack R. Howard Fellowships—totaling about $40,000 per student—will provide full tuition and living expenses for four students each year. The initial grant covers the next three years.

The Howard Fellowships are expected to benefit students especially from developing countries, who often do not have the money to study abroad. Students will study the techniques of fact-based reporting and the practices of a free press, the mainstay of the Journalism School's curriculum. The expectation is that graduates will return home and make substantial contributions to the development of journalism in their own countries.