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.
2016 Carole Simpson Scholarship Winner - Kayla Parker, Florida A&M University
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It all started when I was 6 years old. My mother bought a camcorder to capture home videos with. Before long, I was scripting, blocking and shooting every family event. It was one of my favorite hobbies, and it still is today. From the family videos I captured to the video projects I worked on as an ESPN intern, I am a visual storyteller. I am tasked with making moving images so captivating that an audience will want to watch them longer than scientists say the normal attention span lasts. It is not an easy job, but I get it done simply because I love it. It was in high school that I got introduced to the nonlinear video editing software, Adobe Premiere. From there, the magic of video completely consumed me, and I didn’t look back. I dove headfirst into my major broadcast journalism at Florida A&M University (FAMU) and took a film studies minor. I currently am a team member of FAMU News 20 at Five, a live tri- weekly student-run newscast. I worked my way from production assistant to producer while also writing for our school’s newspaper and magazine. I also serve as Historian for Big Sister Little Sister Mentoring Program. This past summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to be a ESPN intern in Bristol, Connecticut working with the espnW department, the section completely devoted to women’s sports. But the key word here is “blessed.” My journey through life has showed me two very important things: 1.) God is always on my side and 2.) Storytellers always have a place in this world. It is a humbling honor to be chosen as this year’s recipient of the 2016 Radio Television Digital News Foundation Carole Simpson Scholarship. This scholarship will no doubt help my studies, but it will impact my work and confidence as well. Mrs. Simpson was a trailblazer to say the least. She was not afraid to raise issues and, thus, raise eyebrows. To be honored under her name is a dream come true and makes me want to continue the work she has done, regardless of the eyebrows I raise in the process.
As each scholarship and fellowship winner is announced through the month of December, they will be added to our 2016 winners page.