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Release Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:34 PM
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Ewing Receives First Ronald Walters Scholarship

Patricia Turner Walters and Brittney Ewing

WASHINGTON (October 21, 2013) – Howard University political science junior Brittney Ewing recently became the first recipient of the $5,000 Ronald Walters Scholarship, which was established to aid students interested in pursuing careers in politics. The award was presented during the inaugural Ronald Walters Legacy Conference on Oct. 10, in the Blackburn Center Ballroom.

The Ronald Walters Scholarship endowment fund was established at Howard to honor Walters, a longtime Howard professor and well-known political commentator. The award was made possible through a donation from Patricia Turner Walters, widow of Dr. Walters.

“It is truly an honor to be the first recipient of the Ronald Walters Scholarship,” Ewing said. “I feel blessed and am extremely thankful for Mrs. Walters and everyone involved in the development of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center.”

Ewing, a native of Mableton, Ga., maintains a 3.27 grade point average and minors in French. She plans to attend law school after graduating from Howard and hopes to become a criminal defense attorney. She attended South Cobb High School in Austell, Ga.

“The Ronald Walters Scholarship has provided hope and encouragement for my future career goals,” Ewing said. “This award is a constant reminder that anything is possible.”

Walters served as a Howard University professor for 25 years and was a leading scholar on African-American politics. Howard University established the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center in 2011 as a focal point for leadership development and public policy research and analysis related to African-American contributions to U.S. national and foreign policy.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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