New York -- The T. Howard Foundation awarded its first six
scholarships to former interns with the program at its fifth-annual black-tie fund-raiser
here earlier this month.
Formed in 1994, the foundation was created to foster
diversity in the satellite-television industry. It sponsors college internships for
minorities and women, and it hosts other educational opportunities. More than 360 people
attended this year's event.
H. Taylor Howard, co-founder of Chaparral Communications
and past chairman of the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association, presented
the scholarships of $2,000 each during a gala banquet at Tavern on the Green in Central
Keynote speaker Carole Simpson, anchor of ABC
Television's World News Tonight Sunday, encouraged the interns not to take
"no" for an answer as they try to establish careers in the communications
Simpson recounted her own early educational and career
trials, beginning in the early 1960s, when it was unheard of for a woman or a minority to
become a professional journalist. She said she took every "no" as a
"vitamin pill" that made her more determined than ever to achieve her goals.
Throughout her career, Simpson said, she's felt
discrimination not only for being an African-American, but for being a woman. Of the two,
being a woman has been more of a factor against her, she said.
Also honored at the fund-raising dinner was Jeffrey
Johnson, sales manager at NFL Enterprises, who was awarded the first T. Howard Foundation
A total of 16 interns will participate in the T. Howard
Foundation program this year. Sponsors include Showtime Networks Inc., MTV Networks,
Playboy Entertainment Group, Turner Home Satellite, DirecTv Inc., NFL Enterprises, Home
Box Office, HBO Direct, ESPN and Dobbin/Bolgla Associates.