UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Three College of Communications students who performed well during recent media-related and multimedia internships received scholarships from the T. Howard Foundation.
Support from the Scott Weiss Scholarship fund managed by the T. Howard Foundation (THF) went to eligible alumni of the THF internship program. Just 11 students from across the nation received scholarships, including the three Penn State seniors: Tamara Hall, from Philadelphia; Cristina Recino, from St. James, N.Y.; and Kristen Smith, from Marietta, Ga.
“I am passionate about working in the entertainment and media industry,” said Smith, a public relations major. Smith would like to work as an event coordinator or director and plan awards shows. She was a THF participant the past two years, completing internships with AMC Networks in New York City and Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta.
THF scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, internship performance and a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in the multimedia and entertainment industry. Individual scholarship awards can range up to $2,750. This year, the foundation awarded $15,000 in scholarships.
“I’ve had a love of entertainment media since high school, and coming to Penn State and having multiple entertainment media internships has only grown my passion to work in the field,” said Recino, a broadcast journalism major. In addition to earning a scholarship through the program, Recino was invited to the foundation’s 21st annual Diversity Dinner, which will be held in March in New York City. Recino plans to pursue a career in television production, working with live broadcasts.
“The foundation’s mission is to diversify the multimedia industry in positions of impact and influence. I’m proud that we can further assist our alumni in developing their skills to prepare for a long career in the field,” said Scott Weiss, THF founder.