2019 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our scholarship winners!  

At the end of 2018, NABJLA awarded scholarships to students Bria Overs and Jordan Hunter who are pursuing a career in journalism.

Bria Overs (left), California State University, Dominguez Hills, worked for the student-run publication The Bulletin where she served as managing editor and finished her time with the newspaper as editor-in-chief. She just completed her studies and graduated from CSUDH. In the near future, Bria hopes to work for a news outlet where she can help make news and information more accessible to marginalized communities, as well as share their stories with the world. 

Jordan Hunter (right) is a junior at the University of Southern California where he majors in Journalism with a minor in Sports Media Studies. Jordan is very involved in the journalism program serving as the Thursday sports editor for the program’s sports digital platform. He also is a member of Brothers Breaking B.R.E.A.D (Barriers, Regrets, Egos, Animosity and Doubt), USC’s only black male empowerment organization on campus. This past summer, Jordan interned in New York City at the local CBS station where he gained helpful experience and advice from some of the most experienced anchors, reporters and producers in one of the biggest markets in the world.

Meet our 2018 Scholarship Winners

At the end of 2017, NABJLA awarded six scholarships to deserving college students. With the support of our members and the Los Angeles Times, we awarded a total of $5,000 to students aspiring to be journalists and communication professionals.

Applications were due at the start of December to Board member Lois Pitter-Bruce who serves as our scholarship committee chairwoman. They had to include a letter of recommendation, copy of the student’s transcript and an essay about the importance of diversity in media. We received nearly a dozen applications.

Below is a short introduction to the winners. Join us at our January meeting, Jan. 20, to help congratulate them.


Julissa James, top left, graduated last month from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in journalism.

Tyler Lowell, bottom left, is a junior at Los Angeles City College majoring in journalism. He already holds a degree in performance studies from Brown University.

Arielle Brumfield, top middle, is a senior majoring in political science and African American studies at Loyola Marymount University. She minors in journalism.

Jordan Hunter, bottom middle, is a sophomore at the University of Southern California where he majors in digital and broadcast journalism.

Kayla Hawkins, top right, is a freshman at Howard University where she majors in communications. She’s from Irvine.

Yamani Wallace, bottom right, recently graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a degree in television and film studies and broadcast journalism.