Sports Journalism Institute

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2018 alum lands Beyonce scholarship

Allana Barefield, a 2018 SJI alum who is interning at the Tampa Bay Times, was selected as one of eight recipients of Beyonce’s Homecoming Scholars Awards Program.

The Homecoming Scholars Award program is a scholarship dedicated for historically black colleges and universities, which awards each student $25,000 for their studies.

Time Magazine caught up with the 22-year old Xavier student, who is majoring in mass communications.

“All of a sudden a notification popped up on my phone and someone said, ‘Congratulations!’ and I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” she told TIME. “I had to call my mom right away. I had no clue, I was kind of nervous because I hadn’t heard back from the committee yet and a lot of people were applying for this prestigious scholarship, so to be a recipient was amazing.”