The Radio Television Digital News Foundation today named Ashley Miznazi the 2020 George Foreman Tribute to Lyndon B. Johnson Scholar.
Ashley Miznazi is a first generation Journalism and Corporate Communications double major embarking on her junior year at the University of Texas. At school, she is a member of the student governing body of the college, Communication Council, where she previously was Media Chair. Ashley currently works as an intern at AMS Pictures where she researches and conducts field interviews for major television networks such as Lifetime, HGTV, Food Network and Discovery. She is also an intern for the McCombs School of Business MBA program where she creates video features on students. Ashley is passionate about opening up discussions and giving others a voice with digital video and hopes to do just this when she graduates in May 2022.
To get to know Ashley, we asked, What do you want your future boss to know about you? She said:
When I examine myself in retrospect, I must face one glaring truth; I derive a lot of my value from my work. This can be both a good and a bad thing, as many workaholics know.
I worked throughout all of high school and college, holding every odd job from nanny to math tutor. These jobs were my lifeline and my key to funding my transportation, so I excelled at them and developed an extreme inner motivation to change my own circumstances.
As I continued in school and received support from mentors, I learned the importance of taking initiative in jobs and academics to learn technical skills. In high school, after working at my afternoon job, I would stay awake at night and follow along with YouTube tutorials for hours just to learn one small nuance of a tool on Adobe Premiere. I honed my craft of videography, fell in love with the art of telling stories, and began to imagine myself going to college and working a higher-skilled job.
As I have grown more confident in my abilities at UT, I have realized that balance and taking care of oneself is just as important at excelling at work. I am blessed to now have a scholarship that will allow me to focus on my studies.
If I could tell my boss anything, it would be that I will always give 120 percent because I have seen the opportunities my dedication to work has granted me. Every job is a chance to make a connection, and every connection with a human is a potential opportunity or a potential story. With my eyes and ears open and a passion for my work, I hope to create a meaningful difference in the future field of journalism.
About the George Foreman Tribute to Lyndon B. Johnson Scholarship
George Foreman is a boxing champion, Olympic gold medal winner and celebrated pitchman. As a young man, he was inspired by President Lyndon Johnson and by RTDNF founder Barney Oldfield. In his autobiography By George, Foreman credits LBJ's Job Corps for rescuing him "from the gutter." While attending the Job Cops program, he met Barney Oldfield, who was one of the program’s sponsors and became Foreman’s mentor. Foreman thanks Oldfield "for a lifetime of friendship, devotion, counsel, and wisdom. The world would be a far better place if everyone were lucky enough to have a friend like you."
Awarded to a student from the University of Texas at Austin, the George Foreman Tribute to Lyndon B. Johnson recipient will receive $6,000.
About RTDNF Scholarships and Fellowships
The 2020 scholarship and fellowship class is RTDNF’s 50th class of scholars and fellows. Since 1970, RTDNF has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and fellowships to more than 500 young journalists as part of its mission as the educational arm of RTDNA. Recipients have gone on enjoy careers from reporter, anchor, and news director to White House speechwriter, media regulatory attorney, and journalism educator. Several have served as RTDNA board members and many are Murrow Award winners. Make a difference for the next generation of journalists today.