Hopkins Wins Jerry Flint Scholarship from Overseas Press Club Foundation

Third Jerry Flint Scholarship awarded February 22. The Overseas Press Club Foundation presented 14 scholarships and internships to graduate students of journalism who intend to become foreign correspondents. One of the scholarships is named in memory of automotive journalist Jerry Flint. Kate McLeod, Jerry’s wife, founded the scholarship in memory of Jerry in 2010 to honor Jerry’s contributions to journalism. The scholarship was endowed in record time. This year, winner Valerie Hopkins, 25, who graduates from Columbia Journalism program in June, heads to Belgrade on an internship with Reuters. When McLeod thanked a Reuter’s editor for supporting Valerie, he said, “We’ve never had anyone in the bureau before who speaks the language.” Before entering graduate school, Hopkins reported from Bosnia, Herzegovina and the Balkans. “I traveled there for summers 2008 and 2009, and lived there from Feb 2010-Aug 2012. I speak Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, which are variations of the same language,” says Hopkins. She also has a knowledge of Spanish and Russian. Hopkins, who grew up in the Voice of America newsroom where her mother worked, was one of 14 who won scholarships/internships out of a field of 174 applicants. Other scholarships awarded by the OPC Foundation are named for some of the most influential names in journalism history including I.F. Stone, H.L. Stevenson, Walter Cronkite and Flora Lewis. Two winners have preceded Valerie: Natalie Bailey, the first scholar to win, is freelancing in New York; Rachel Will is in Phnom Phen. “I wasn’t sure I would get any support for a scholarship in Jerry’s name,” says McLeod. “I found out pretty quickly how well thought of Jerry is.”

Jerry Flint Scholoarships
Jerry Flint Scholarship Award Winners: From left: Mateo Hoke, Jacob Kushner, Jad Sleiman, Stephen Kalin, Valerie Hopkins, Christopher Harress, Patricia Rey Mallén, Frederick Bernas, Marina Villeneuve, Tom Finn, Justine Drennan, Anders Melin, Xiaoqing Pi, and Adriane Quinlan

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