In May I was sitting in my room in Mexico when I found out four pieces of information:
1) I had received a scholarship from Alliance for Women in the Media and the Ford Motor Company Fund.
2) I had won a student Emmy for my work on the University of Maryland ViewFinder "A Budding Industry" marijuana video series.
3) I had won first place in the "Features" category of the National Press Photographers Associaton's Student Quarterly Clip Contest.
4) National Public Radio's David Gilkey, who I had met the week before, had been killed in Afghanistan along with journalist Zabihullah Tamanna.
During the 20 minutes I spent with Gilkey we sat at his desk talking about war, safety, redemption and the responsibility journalists have not only to the profession, but themselves.
The money I'm receiving from my scholarship will not only cover the cost of my tuition for the semester, but will also help pay for my Hostile Environment and First Aid (HEFAT) training through Columbia University's DART Center this October-- a small step I feel I can take to honor the memory of journalists such as Gilkey and Tamanna.