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The 2014 Bay Area Black Journalists Association's Scholarship Luncheon was held on Fri., Nov. 8 at the City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome St., San Francisco. This annual event helps BABJA award needed scholarships to young aspiring journalists.


The Inaugural Belva Davis Multimedia Scholarships:
Ashley Griffin,  a graduate student at the Univ. of California, Berkeley, recently interned at Al Jazeera America in San Francisco as she is making the transition in her early journalism career from print to television with aspirations of becoming a network television producer. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University. At UC-Berkeley, Ashley received the Kaiser Permanente Health Policy Journalism Fellowship. She will use the funds to support her three-part thesis TV project focusing on patient access under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. “Obamacare.”  Ashley also was 2013 summer intern the Minneapolis Star Tribune where she had a dozen stories land on the front page.
Trenise Ferreira is a graduate student at the Univ. of California, Berkeley pursuing a Master’s degree in Multimedia Journalism. A native of Vacaville, CA., Trenise earned her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a minor in Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in 2012. Trenise currently covers USC Trojans football for the sports website, the Bleacher Report and is a lead editor and writer for another sports website, FanSided. Her work  also has been featured on,, and the  She also has written a novel, "Seven-oh!-Seven: Livin’ the Dream."
Chauncey Wendell Bailey, Jr. Scholarship:
Pendarvis Harshaw, a journalism graduate student at the Univ. of California, Berkeley. Pendarvis received his Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Management from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 2012.  Pendarvis spent the summer of 2013 interning for Anna Deavere Smith's Pipeline Project in Sacramento. An Oakland native, Pen has spent several years working for the award-winning Youth Radio in Oakland and his work has been featured on NPR, The Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. Pen has also done media projects on Black men who serve as elders and the parallel lives between Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin. He also is currently the social media coordinator for the popular local clothing store, Oaklandish.
Luci S. Williams Houston Memorial Scholarship:
Angelica Ekeke, a junior majoring in photojournalism at San Francisco State University after spending two years at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. where she won the 2013 Student of Distinction Award. Angelica wants to be an international photojournalist and correspondent and use her skills to launch “The Black Eye Beauty Project” a multimedia initiative to tell the stories of women who have endured and overcome unimaginable circumstances. She believes a pen is mightier than the sword, a voice is stronger than the bondage of silence and a photo can be more powerful than words. To quote SFSU journalism professor Rachele Kanigel about Angelica: "I'm convinced that Angelica is the kind of student BABJA should invest in."


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