Foundation establishes fellowships for international studies

Thu, September 02, 1999 by Patty Cottingham

CINCINNATI – The Scripps Howard Foundation and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism 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 Tom Goldstein, dean of the graduate school of journalism. “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 journalism school has increased abroad, but many qualified candidates are unable to attend due to limited financial aid.The Jack R. Howard Fellowships (a total of more than $40,000 a student) will provide full tuition and living expenses for four students a year. The initial grant covers the next three years. The Howard Fellowships are expected to benefit especially students 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.To qualify for the fellowship, candidates must reside outside the United States. Recipients will be selected on the basis of financial need, academic promise and a desire to make a significant contribution to journalism.International students have attended Columbia's journalism school since its early days, but in recent years, the school has been looking to expand its international program. This September, for instance, the annual Maria Moors Cabot Prize ceremony honoring excellence in Latin American reporting, will be held as a benefit dinner to raise scholarship money for international journalism students. Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy, minority recruitment/development and First Amendment causes. The fellowships honor the late Jack R. Howard, a founding trustee and past president of the Scripps Howard Foundation. Howard also served as president and general editorial manager of The E.W. Scripps Company, parent company for the Scripps Howard newspapers and television station group.“The Scripps Howard Foundation has made a visionary grant that will enormously assist the journalism school in addressing the issues of global journalism and journalism that serves an international social concern,” said Anne Nelson, director of the international program.