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JEM Selected for White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarship

The White House Correspondents’ Association has selected the University of Tennessee School of Journalism and Electronic Media for a new scholarship opportunity for student reporters who aspire to cover national politics and news.

The Carter Holland Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of the late Carter Holland, a promising young journalist and son of Lucie and Steven Holland, a longtime White House correspondent for Reuters and former president of the WHCA. Carter Holland died in 2020.

“The WHCA is excited to partner with the University of Tennessee to help support the next generation of promising young journalists like Carter Holland,” said Zeke Miller, president of the association.

The annual scholarship will be for $4,000 with the WHCA and the university each contributing half. The scholarship recipient will also have the opportunity to attend the White House Correspondents’ Association scholarship luncheon and the WHCA annual dinner the following night.

“The School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee is truly grateful for this new scholarship from the White House Correspondents’ Association,” said Catherine Luther, JEM director and professor. “It will allow our students who are focusing on political and investigative reporting to have the invaluable experience of visiting Washington, D.C., and meeting with established professional journalists covering the White House. I am confident that this prestigious scholarship will serve to further inspire our journalism students to pursue impactful stories involving politics and democracy.”

With the addition of the University of Tennessee, the WHCA now sponsors scholarships at 11 across the United States, including 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, and the University of Missouri. The organization also co-sponsors two scholarships in partnership with the Asian American Journalists Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

The WHCA has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships and leveraged another $1.25 million in aid since the program began in 1991.