Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication is proud to introduce its second Disney Storytellers Fund at FAMU Scholars cohort for 2023-2024.
Eight talented juniors enrolled in SGJC’s journalism, public relations and graphic design disciplines were selected by FAMU to join 11 continuing members of the inaugural 2022-2023 Disney Storytellers Fund Scholar class. As part of the program, scholars will receive tuition and housing scholarships, stipends, specialized programming, curated experiences, mentorship and more. A core component of the Disney Storytellers Fund at FAMU program includes the opportunity for eligible scholars to participate in a summer internship at The Walt Disney Company.
The Disney Storytellers Fund at FAMU was created with a $1 million grant from The Walt Disney Company in Fall 2022 as part of the Disney Future Storytellers program, which highlights The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to empowering the next generation of storytellers and innovators.
“We’re thrilled that the Disney Storytellers Fund at FAMU continues to flourish,” says SJGC Dean Mira Lowe. “Our SJGC students are committed to excellence and this program is a transformative opportunity to combine their education with real-life media experiences.”
The eight new Disney Storytellers Fund Scholars are Sydney Bellamy, Germanie Bozeman, Kayla Delcham, India Gay, Hansley Felix, Tristian Hutton, Jalynn McDuffey and Auriel Patton.
They join continuing scholars Devani Allen, Jaden Bowen, Sidney Berry, Jonathan David, Jordan Forbes, Jordan Joseph, Kalei Nash, Sherby Perez, Stacey René, Sydney Richardson and Kendall Williams.
“[Being accepted] made me feel like all my hard work, and endurance that I’ve put in, is finally paying off,” says Sydney Bellamy, a junior SJGC journalism student and fall 2023 Disney Storytellers Fund Scholar. “I don’t take this opportunity for granted at all.”
Senior journalism student Kalei Nash, a scholar from the first cohort of the Disney Storytellers Fund at FAMU, says her experience interning with “Good Morning America” this summer was “memorable.”
“I got to spend a lot of time with on-air talent and shadowing Robin Roberts along with her producers,” Nash says. “The internship team put a lot of time into having some of the people who were established in the industry pour back into us as students.”
About Florida A&M University School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC)
The Florida A&M University School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) is renowned for its commitment to excellence in journalism education. With its state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated faculty, SJGC offers a wide range of programs for aspiring journalists, public relations professionals, and graphic designers. With a focus on academic achievement and experiential learning, SJGC is preparing its students to be ethical, impactful, and confident storytellers and leaders.