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Students receive awards to attend conference

Various awards will allow 11 college students will attend the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference for free.

The conference is hosted by the University of North Texas Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism, and will be held July 19-21 at the Hilton DFW Lake Executive Conference Center in Grapevine.

The Dallas Morning News gave five awards to students from racial and ethnic minority groups who are currently enrolled in any college or university, or graduated in May. The recipients this year, all of whom attend UNT, are: Jazzmyn Coker-Dancy of Bedford, Madiha Kark of Denton, Kymberly Keeton of Houston, Christian McPhate of Denton and Chido Muchemwa of Denton.

Lindsey Bertrand of Carrollton and Annette Nevins of Plano won the Elizabeth Marshall Memorial Awards. These awards are open to current students and May graduates of the Mayborn School of Journalism and the Mayborn Graduate Institute.

Lola Obamehinti of Keller won the Mayborn Conference award this year, which is designated for Mayborn students or May graduates, and for students from community colleges and transfer students who plan to enroll in the school or institute for the fall semester.

UNT student Eric Nishimoto of Prosper won the Up-and-Comer Award, given to a student enrolled at a community college or university with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

Meagan Flynn, a student at Drake University in Des Moines and a native of Austin, received the Jillian and Noah Bunn Award to attend the conference. The award was open to current students and May graduates of the Mayborn School of Journalism and the Mayborn Graduate Institute, and students from community colleges and transfer students who plan to enroll in the school or institute for the fall semester.

Charles Scudder, a student at Indiana University and a native of Carbondale, Ill., won the Joan Donaldson-Pleasant Hill Farm Award this year. Donaldson, the co-owner of the Michigan farm, is a writer and was a workshop leader at past conferences. The award was open to a student at any college or university.

 

Student to attend leadership academy

Leslie Jimenez, a UNT student who expects to earn a master’s degree in higher education this August, will be part of the inaugural class of the GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy.

GEAR UP is a federally funded program that aims to help low-income students by providing tutoring, college tours and parent engagement programs. This will be the first time there is a leadership academy, in which leaders dedicate a year of service to make positive changes in education policy and to help low-income students.

Jimenez is one of 30 people from across the country chosen for the program, and she will return to her home state of California to speak to students in low-income communities to encourage them to pursue education. She will also educate people about GEAR UP, and share her story of participation as a seventh-grader.

 


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