February 1, 2022

WHCA Announces New Scholarship at Hampton University

The White House Correspondents’ Association is very happy to announce the creation of a new scholarship in partnership with the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University and supported by Reuters.

“Today’s White House correspondents take tremendous pride in helping to foster the development of the most promising journalists of tomorrow,” said WHCA president Steven Portnoy. “We are excited to watch the careers of Hampton’s WHCA scholars take flight, and grateful to Reuters for its partnership.”

“We’re inspired and excited about this annual scholarship to benefit our students, and our expanded relationship with the WHCA,” said Julia Wilson, dean of Hampton’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. “This scholarship will help elevate Hampton’s stature and include our school among our nation’s top journalism schools. We plan to be not only the top Historically Black College and University journalism and communications school, but one of the best in the nation.” 

“Covering the diverse world in which we live requires a more diverse newsroom,” said Alessandra Galloni, Reuters editor-in-chief. “We’re delighted to extend the ‘Trust in Reporting’ scholarship to Hampton University to further this mission and to provide the next generation of journalists the opportunity to develop crucial skills both through formal education as well as hands-on training.”

Hampton becomes the 12th university from across the country to partner with the WHCA to help promising young journalists, many of them the White House correspondents of the future.

The others are American University, Arizona State University, Columbia University, Howard University, Northwestern University, Ohio University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Kansas, the University of Maryland, the University of Missouri and University of Tennessee.

The WHCA also has scholarship partnerships with the Asian American Journalists Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

And it honors an independently financed scholarship recipient from Iowa State University, in partnership with the White House Historical Association.

The “Truth in Reporting” scholarship at Hampton will go to a journalism student at the Scripps school, preferably with an interest in government and/or political reporting. The $7,000 annual grant is financed by Reuters. 

The student will be invited to a scholarship luncheon in the spring and to the annual WHCA dinner in Washington, scheduled this year for April 30. The student also will be paired for a year with a volunteer mentor from among the White House press corps.

For more information, contact Executive Director Steve Thomma at

About the WHCA

Founded in 1914, the White House Correspondents’ Association exists to promote excellence in journalism as well as journalism education, and to ensure robust news coverage of the president and the presidency. We support awards for some of the best political reporting of the past year, and scholarships for young reporters who carry our hopes for vibrant journalism in the years to come. Each day, we work to ensure that the men and women who cover the White House have the ability to seek answers from powerful officials, up to and including the President.

Our association comprises hundreds of members from the worlds of print, television, radio and online journalism. Their work, for outlets based in the United States and overseas, reaches a global audience.

About Hampton University

Hampton University is a private historically black research university, based in Hampton, Va.  It was founded in 1868, after the civil War, by Black and white leaders of the American Missionary Association, to provide education to freedmen. Hampton has one of world’s top stand-alone proton cancer treatment facilities and controls one of the nation’s foremost weather satellite systems.

About Reuters

Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider. Founded in 1851, Reuters is committed to the Trust Principles of independence, integrity and freedom from bias. With unmatched coverage in over 16 languages, and reaching billions of people worldwide every day, it provides trusted intelligence that powers humans and machines to make smart decisions. Reuters supplies business, financial, national and international news to professionals via desktop terminals, the world’s media organizations, industry events and directly to consumers.

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