Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals Scholarship awarded to seven students

Posted at 9:01 AM, Jul 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 09:01:08-04

From Left: Tykhari Coles, Kalynne Wilson, Ashante’ Travis Arriana McLymore and Alexis Platt (Not Pictured are Morgan Golden and Alexis Whitted)

Norfolk, Va.- Winners of the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals  2015 Journalism/Media Scholarships have been announced. Seven students won scholarships totaling $4,500 of which will go toward starting their studies in the fields of journalism or mass communications.

The five students from the Hampton Roads area that received the scholarship are as follows: Tykhari Coles of Norfolk State University, Alexis Platt of Virginia Wesleyan College, Kalynne Wilson of Regent University and Arriana McLymore and Ashante’ Travis from Hampton University.

“Interacting with these bright and talented student communicators was a priviledge.” said President Karen Wilson. Each student was awarded for some funding for  their upcoming education endeavors.

For the college students, Travis was awarded $1,000, while the other students received $500 each.

High school seniors Alexis Whitted of Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, and Morgan Golden of Hampton High School won scholarships for their “strong grades and essays” according to HRBMP committee members. Also, this marks the third win for Coles, a Junior mass communications and journalism major at NSU. She has been awarded a total of $2,250 since her senior year at Hampton High School.

“Our scholarship winners’ grades, essays, news clips and letters of recommendation provided their passion for their career paths,” said Cheryl Ross, immediate past president of HRBMP and the organization’s current scholarship chairperson. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to assist these rising stars as they persue media careers.”

HRBMP members presented the students their checks along with treating them to lunch at California Pizza Kitchen in Norfolk.

-Ja’leta Hammond