Mason COMM student receives Betty Endicott Scholarship recipient

Congratulations to Mason COMM undergrad Viviana Smith!

Congratulations to Mason COMM undergraduate student, Viviana Smith! Smith has recently been announced as one of the recipients of the Betty Endicott Scholarship for 2024.

Read the article in full from the  The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences website (Capital Emmy's):

The Betty Endicott Scholarship is given annually from the NATAS-NCCB Chapter to full-time undergraduate or graduate students studying for a career in communications and/or broadcast journalism.

This year Rachel Brock of the University of Maryland and Viviana Smith of George Mason University have each earned $2,500 to be used towards their education. Both are standouts among the almost dozen scholarship applicants. Rachel Brock is currently a student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She is expected to graduate in 2026 with a specialization in Broadcast News. She is a member of the College Park Scholars and also attended the Baltimore School of Arts acting program. Ms. Brock is also the recipient of the Albrecht Fellowship Award in 2021 which explores topics in world affairs and diplomacy while building leadership and cross-cultural communication skills. She currently serves as reporter and anchor for WMUC Radio and was recently a staff writer for the Diversion’s Desk Diamondback.

Viviana Smith is a student at George Mason University and will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2025. She is also a managing editor of the George Mason Fourth Estate and previously held the position of news editor and staff writer. Ms. Smith currently serves as a news anchor and camera operator for Mason Cable Network. She is an honor student who also previously served as the social media chair of the Students Helping Honduras organization.

Click here to view the full Press Release:

Betty Endicott Scholarship Recipients Announced

Reston, VA, May 22, 2024 --- The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS-NCCB) is pleased to announce the 2024 Betty Endicott Scholarship recipients. The Betty Endicott Scholarship is given annually from the NATAS-NCCB Chapter to full-time undergraduate or graduate students studying for a career in communications and/or broadcast journalism. 

This year Rachel Brock of the University of Maryland and Viviana Smith of George Mason University have each earned $2,500 to be used towards their education. Both are standouts among the almost dozen scholarship applicants. Both Ms. Brock and Ms. Smith will be honored at the 66th Emmy Awards on June 22, 2024. Rachel Brock is currently a student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She is expected to graduate in 2026 with a specialization in Broadcast News. She is a member
of the College Park Scholars and also attended the Baltimore School of Arts acting program. Ms. Brock is also the recipient of the Albrecht Fellowship Award in 2021 which explores topics in world affairs and diplomacy while building leadership and cross-cultural communication skills. She currently serves as reporter and anchor for WMUC Radio and was recently a staff writer for the Diversion’s Desk Diamondback.

Viviana Smith is a student at George Mason University and will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2025. She is also a managing editor of the George Mason Fourth Estate and previously held the position of news editor and staff writer. Ms. Smith currently serves as a news anchor and camera operator for Mason Cable Network. She is an honor student who also previously served as the social media chair of the Students Helping Honduras organization. 

“We’re proud to provide these scholarships to budding communications and media professionals,” said Chapter President, Adam Longo. “Rachel and Viviana are wonderful examples of the tremendous potential that is being cultivated in colleges and universities all over DC, Maryland, and Virginia. These young students are academically talented, tuned in to the challenges and opportunities in our industry and well on their way to making meaningful contributions to the work Capital Emmy Chapter members do every day,” he added. The regional scholarship, named in the honor of Betty Endicott, the first female news director in Washington D.C., is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students studying for a career in communications and/or broadcast journalism. Applicants represented a wide range of schools from Howard University to American University to Salisbury University and the University of Maryland. The local chapter covers all of Virginia, Maryland, and DC, and students at any of the schools in the chapter
were eligible to apply.

For more information, please visit https://www.capitalemmys.tv/education.
The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was established in 1958 and is an organization comprised of more than 1,500 television broadcast professionals dedicated to fostering and recognizing outstanding achievements in television production throughout the National Capital Chesapeake Bay region.

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