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Golden Globe Foundation Diversity Fund Scholarships Presented At Cal State University Northridge

June 18, 2024

Golden Globe Foundation

Four California State University Northridge students have been presented with $2,500 Golden Globe Foundation Diversity Fund scholarships at the Journalism Department’s annual scholarships ceremony. Da’Janique Demery, Lucero Garcia Gonzales, Caroline Marriott, and Zipporah Pruitt received the awards at the Ferman Presentation Room of the University Library.

The scholarship is designed to support juniors or seniors (with at least two semesters remaining to degree) from traditionally underserved communities and/or representing traditionally underrepresented groups, with demonstrated financial need. Applicants submit an essay showing how their own background would inform their journalistic or PR work to advance an accurate and comprehensive portrayal of diversity in the entertainment, media and PR industries.

A three-person faculty committee selected the recipients of CSUN’s second-highest value scholarship. Following the ceremony, Da’Janique, Lucero, Caroline and Zipporah shared their hopes for the future:

Da’Janique Demery

Da’Janique Demery is excited by the boundless opportunities within journalism and public relations. Her career aspirations include gaining further journalistic experience by working for a company that aligns with her values of helping people. In the long term, she aspires to become an author and establish her own publication and PR firm dedicated to empowering and uplifting the Black community. But first, she is poised to become the first in her family to earn a college degree, a milestone she is deeply proud of.

Lucero Garcia Gonzalez

Lucero Garcia Gonzalez is a transfer student from Santa Ana College who is majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in Spanish- Language Journalism. She was active in student journalism in community college and now is a social media assistant for the Daily Sundial at CSUN. She recently got involved with the La Familia de CSUN club as community service chair. Growing up she always had a fascination with asking questions and wants to work as a professional journalist as soon as she completes her degree.

Caroline Marriott

Caroline Marriott has always been a very inquisitive individual. So, it’s no surprise that she aspires to become an investigative documentary journalist. She has volunteered at a prison, a food bank, an elderly care home, a preschool, and a children’s after school club. During the pandemic, she helped disabled, elderly and infirm residents in New York and in L.A. by helping to raise awareness about an in-home vaccine program. Caroline believes that life is all about learning and thus, we can all learn something from each other’s experiences.

Zipporah Pruitt

Zipporah Pruitt, a transfer student from Santa Monica College, who has been active with the Daily Sundial. Recently, a long-form profile she wrote about a black, autistic and proud CSUN sociology major was posted on the Sundial’s website. Zipporah also keeps busy writing for the past two years for YR Media, a publication focused on uplifting and sharing the voices of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in the Gen Z demographic. Her career goal is to be the go-to reporter at a high-profile, reputable entertainment publication.

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