Washington, DC –- The National Press Club, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, announces that Sean Hurd of San Francisco, California, is the winner of the 2012 Scholarship for Journalism Diversity.
He is using the award of up to $10,000 over four years to study at George Washington University. He is a graduate of Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco.
Hurd, who is of African-American and Chinese descent, has dreamed of being a sports writer since he was a child. His clips include a story on a student who used soccer to communicate when he moved to the U.S. from Brazil without speaking English, and a profile of a barbershop owner.
Hurd’s recommendation letters described him as "gold, pure gold," and comment on the attentiveness with which he listens. Sean wants to give underdogs a voice says he hopes that one day his work and background will inspire another aspiring journalist.
"It is refreshing to find a young journalist with so much passion at the beginning of a promising career, and yet he is already looking to inspire others," said National Press Club President Theresa Werner. "We are excited to help Hurd pursue his journalism education."
The National Press Club awards up to $10,000 over the course of four years to a high school senior with the aim of furthering diversity in journalism. The scholarship includes a one-time $500 book stipend in the memory of the late Ellen Masin Persina, a club member.
The 2011 scholarship recipient was Beatrice Dupuy of Cooper City, FL.
Scholarship winners are currently enrolled at George Washington University, University of Florida, University of California and Hamilton College.