Meet the 2017 Foreman Scholarship winner

November 13, 2017 11:00

Ala’a Ibrahim, University of Texas at Austin 

Ala’a Ibrahim is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin studying multimedia journalism and business. Her experience in the media industry includes video production and development, reporting, television production, video editing, and field production. Ala'a has held various positions at media companies at the network and local level, including The Texas Tribune, the TODAY Show, MSNBC, KXAN-TV, KUT 90.5, The Daily Texan, and Revelator. During the 2016-2017 year, she served as president of UT Austin’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is one of nine Roy W. Howard Fellows at the Scripps Howard Foundation, and is also the 2017 UNITY Fellow. Ala’a has a passion for people, and plans to continue shedding light on unrepresented individuals and communities throughout her career.

Ala'a, the daughter of Sudanese immigrants, says, "Issues faced by underrepresented communities deserve to be accurately reported by the mainstream media, and I have taken it upon myself to tell their stories through my lens. I am adamant to pave myself a career in journalism."

Recently retired University of Texas School of Journalism professor and associate director Wanda Cash recalls, "In my class, she showed a commitment to excellence by informed participation, reporting diligence and leadership on her reporting team. I also was mightily impressed by her tenacity and her ability to communicate with, and extract information from, diverse groups of sources."

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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 receives $6,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.

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