Three of DeKalb’s 2019 graduates are headed to college this fall with scholarships totaling $2,000 from the CrossRoadsNews Foundation.
All three students – Kamaya Walker, Kai Shotwell and Jerry Myers – are from Arabia Mountain High. Kamaya and Kai each received $750 book scholarships. Jerry got a $500 book scholarship.
Kamaya, who is the school's 2019 salutatorian, is headed to North Carolina A&T State University to major in journalism and mass communication.
Kai and Jerry will attend Mercer University where both will major in journalism and mass Communication.
All three had 3.0 and higher GPAs and wrote 500-word essays about why community news is still relevant in the age of social media.
They bring to eight, the number of students who have received scholarships totaling more than $8,000 from the foundation since 2009.
CrossRoadsNews founders Jennifer and Curtis Parker launched the foundation in May 2005 on the news organization’s 10th anniversary to help ensure a diversity of voices and perspectives in newsrooms locally and nationally. The foundation provides scholarships to African-American and minority students seeking careers in journalism.
Jennifer Parker said the 2019 scholarship recipients are bright young people who show a passion for journalism.
“We are proud to support these young people in their studies and quests to become our storytellers,” she said.
Deborah Jackson, the foundation's president, said it is important to encourage young people to consider careers in journalism.
"We need to have diverse people in media to tell the stories of our community," Jackson said. "The need to have more African American young people studying to become future journalists, filmmakers, photographers, and graphic designers in the national and global media markets is as urgent as ever," she said.
The annual scholarship is open to DeKalb County high school seniors and graduates pursuing studies in communications – journalism, graphic design, web design, photography or advertising – at accredited two- or four-year colleges or universities.