Radio Television Digital News Association/Lee Thornton Scholarship

Lee Thornton was the first African-American woman to cover the White House for a major news network (CBS) and the first African-American host of All Things Considered on National Public Radio. She served as a faculty member at the Howard University School of Communications, earning a tenured position. Later in her career, she taught at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism and served a term as the school's interim dean. She held a Master's degree from Michigan State University and a doctorate in mass communications from Northwestern University. Ms. Thornton passed away in 2013 at age 71, and endowed in her estate this scholarship in her name. Students from the University of Maryland and Howard University will be given preference. The recipient of the Lee Thornton Scholarship will receive $2,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.

Award Information

Award Amount
Number of Awards
Application Deadline
January 31
Available to Class Level
None specified
Not renewable

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA Required
None specified
None specified
None specified
Religious Affiliation
None specified
Location of College
District of Columbia, Maryland
Area of Study
Communications, Journalism
Financial Need
Financial need analysis is not required

Scholarship Sponsor

Awards and Programs Manager
Radio Television Digital News Association
529 14th Street, NW Suite 1240
City, State, Zip
Washington, DC , 20045
(202) 662-7254

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