Carole Simpson Scholarship
Carole Simpson is a former member of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation Board of Trustees. She established the Carole Simpson Scholarship to encourage and help minority students overcome hurdles along their career path. Carole Simpson Scholarship winners are working as reporters, producers and anchors in television and radio stations across the country.
2014 Carole Simpson Scholarship Winner - Nathalie Dortonne, University of Florida
Nathalie Dortonne is a senior and a journalism major with an African-American studies minor at the University of Florida. She is currently a news intern at the ABC-affiliate WCJB-TV 20, and produces Morning News in 90 broadcast updates for WUFT News. Dortonne also served as a stringer and photo editor for the Independent Florida Alligator, freelance writer for the Gainesville Sun, and a radio co-host for UF's NPR Affiliate WUFT-FM Radio Reading Service. Dortonne was a writer for the Gator Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists ZION Magazine, and a dancer/performer with the Black Actors' Guild. She is the recipient of the Multicultural Scholar Award for Academic Excellence in Political Science, Photo UF 2013 and 2014, the New York Times Scholarship, and was a Miami Herald Silver Knight Nominee for Journalism. She is a Digital Public Affairs Fellow for the 316 Group. Dortonne interned in the Florida House of Representatives in spring 2014, and in the U.S. House of Representatives during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Congressional Internship Program this past summer. She is a native of Miami, Florida.
"I am honored to receive the Carole Simpson Scholarship from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation because Carole Simpson is a true trailblazer who paved the way for a great deal of minority journalists," said Dortonne. "I have always looked up to Carole Simpson because she is one of the first Black female journalists to prove that we can overcome obstacles and excel in this industry. I would like to thank Carole Simpson and RTDNF for presenting me with this distinguished award and believing in my potential as a rising journalist. I am excited to continue with my career and reach even greater heights. I hope that I have the opportunity to meet Carole Simpson sometime in the near future!"
Carole Simpson added, "It is with great pleasure that I choose Nathalie Dortonne to receive the Carole Simpson Scholarship for 2015. The University of Florida student impressed me with her writing, her smooth delivery of the news, and her plans for the future. How many students say they enjoy every moment of reporting? Not many. And who would think that a young African American female is "passionate about public policy"? I wouldn't have. She reminds me of myself in college. My hearty congratulations to her and my sincere wish that she accomplishes her goal to be a political correspondent in a digital and global world."
For a complete list of scholarship and fellowship winners update as they are announced, visit our 2014 scholarship winners page.