WPLG Channel 10, the ABC affiliate in Miami, has established the Dwight Lauderdale scholarship at Barry University. This scholarship honors Lauderdale’s 32-year broadcasting career in South Florida.
The Dwight Lauderdale Scholarship is need and merit based, and will be awarded each academic year to two Barry University students who meet the following criteria: a full-time undergraduate who is a sophomore, junior or senior majoring in communication; minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; and financial aid need ranking from Barry’s Office of Financial Aid.
“Nearly 40 years ago, someone gave me the opportunity to become a broadcast journalist. That opportunity was the launch pad for my career. I am honored to know that some future broadcast journalists will get that same opportunity at Barry University through a scholarship bearing my name,” said Lauderdale, who retired May 21. “I hope this will send a message to students that if you work hard, you too can achieve your dreams. I look forward to meeting the scholarship recipients over the years and assisting them in any way I can.”
The annual scholarship is for $2,500, and candidates will be selected by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the chair and faculty of the Department of Communication, the Office of Financial Aid and the Division of Institutional Advancement (Office of Donor Relations). Funds will be dispersed in the fall and spring semesters of each academic year.