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White House Correspondents' Association Awards Scholarships to
Three Howard University Students

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose with Howard University White House Correspondents' Association scholarship recipients Melissa Noel, Erica Robinson and Curtis McLeod.
WASHINGTON (May 13, 2009) First Lady Michelle Obama presented $7,000 scholarships to Curtis McLeod, Melissa Noel and Erica Robinson at the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) annual dinner on Saturday, May 9, at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

The three students are journalism majors in the John H. Johnson School of Communications. They were chosen for the competitive scholarships on the basis of their stellar academic achievement and their exemplary work as student journalists.

This is the third year that Howard University journalism students have received the prestigious scholarships.

"We have had a tough time each year nominating winners from among the outstanding students in the Department of Journalism,” said Phillip Dixon, chair of the Department of Journalism. “All of the winners are deserving, and just about all of the past winners are making contributions in newsrooms today or are in graduate school.”

The 2009-2010 winners are committed to careers in journalism. Broadcast major Curtis McCloud has been attracted to storytelling since he first picked up a video camera in the third grade. He is the senior producer of the student training department at Howard University Television, WHUT-TV, a PBS-affiliate in Washington, D.C. McCloud plans to become a broadcast news reporter and plans to tackle issues that are often underreported.

Chairman Addison Barry Rand, Donna Rand and Howard University White House Correspondents' Association scholarship recipients Melissa Noel, Erica Robinson and Curtis McLeod.
Erica Robinson, an intern with the White House Press Pool, is positioned to make her mark internationally as a bilingual journalist. Robinson will intern with Telemundo this summer. She has published several articles in the campus newspaper, The Hilltop, and on, the Journalism department’s news site.

Melissa A. Noel is an intern at ABC 7 (WJLA-TV) in Washington, D.C. Noel is passionate about investigative journalism and also intends to explore international affairs as a foreign correspondent. She said the WHCA scholarship will assist her with the development of an international television network for young adults that she aspires to launch.

The White House Correspondents' Association supports several scholarships aimed at encouraging a new generation of reporters.The WHCA represents scholarships to promising journalism students play an important part in the associations' mission.

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