A $6000 award is given to a journalism student from the University of Texas at Austin. George Foreman is a boxing champion, Olympic gold medal winner and celebrated pitchman. As a young man, he was inspired by President Johnson and by RTDNF founder Barney Oldfield. In his autobiography, By George, Foreman credits LBJ's Job Corps program for rescuing him "from the gutter." He also thanks Barney 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."
2015 George Foreman Tribute to Lyndon B. Johnson Scholarship Winner - Hector Perez, University of Texas at Austin
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Hector Ivan Perez is a bilingual Broadcast Journalism student at the University of Texas at Austin. He was born in Bogota, Colombia, but moved to Austin at the age of nine. While at school he's reported and produced for UT's Texas Newswatch, and has interned at several news stations in the Austin area, including KAKW Univision, KUT, KEYE TV, and KXAN. Hector takes pride on being able to report on a variety of subjects, and is excited to begin his career as a reporter and multimedia journalist after his graduation on December of 2015.
"I'm beyond thankful to the RTDNA for this award. It's an absolute honor to be recognized by this great foundation and to be associated with a scholarship named after two men who accomplished so much. For me it's the perfect culmination to four years of hard work, both in the classroom learning from our great professors, and out in the world talking to people and reporting on real issues."