Chevrolet Celebrates DTU Closing Ceremony with DJ Envy & Fonzworth Bentley

During the Discover the Unexpected Closing Ceremony, Chevrolet awarded six aspiring journalists with $10,000 scholarships and certificates of completion at General Motors World Headquarters. The 2019 DTU fellows included: (left to right): Emani Nichols (Morehouse College), Tyla Barnes (Hampton University), Miana Massey (Howard University), Sharon Joy Washington (Florida A&M), Tedarius Abrams (Bethune-Cookman University) and Elae Hill (North Carolina A&T) pictured alongside the DTU Advisor Fonzworth Bentley and Ambassador DJ Envy. In partnership with the National Newspapers Publishers Association, these fellows embarked on an 8-week road trip to discover and share positive stories within African American communities.

During the Discover the Unexpected Closing Ceremony, Chevrolet awarded six aspiring journalists with $10,000 scholarships and certificates of completion at General Motors World Headquarters. The 2019 DTU fellows included: (left to right): Emani Nichols (Morehouse College), Tyla Barnes (Hampton University), Miana Massey (Howard University), Sharon Joy Washington (Florida A&M), Tedarius Abrams (Bethune-Cookman University) and Elae Hill (North Carolina A&T) pictured alongside the DTU Advisor Fonzworth Bentley and Ambassador DJ Envy. In partnership with the National Newspapers Publishers Association, these fellows embarked on an 8-week road trip to discover and share positive stories within African American communities.

Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association closed out their 8-week Discover the Unexpected program with a ceremony, celebrating the fourth year. The annual program has awarded about a half-million dollars in scholarships and stipends since its 2016 creation. The 2019 Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellows were Tedarius Abrams (Bethune-Cookman), Tyla Barnes (Hampton University), Elae Hill (North Carolina A&T), Miana Massey (Howard University), Emani Nichols (Morehouse College) and Shraon Joy Washington (Florida A&M).

The program initially kicked off in Atlanta, GA and culminated in Detroit, MI at the General Motors Global Headquarters. During the closing ceremony, each fellow received their $10,000 scholarship and certificate of completion. Lifestyle influencer and 2019 DTU Advisor Fonzworth Bentley (a graduate of Morehouse College), 2019 DTU Ambassador DJ Envy (“The Breakfast Club” and a graduate of Hampton University), Chevrolet leaders and NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. spoke, as did the fellows.

(pictured left to right) The 2019 Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected Advisor Fonzworth Bentley and Ambassador DJ Envy. During this 8-week program, these two gentlemen served as mentors to six HBCU aspiring journalists.

(pictured left to right) The 2019 Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected Advisor Fonzworth Bentley and Ambassador DJ Envy. During this 8-week program, these two gentlemen served as mentors to six HBCU aspiring journalists.

During the program, NNPA Publications for the Atlanta Voice, Chicago Crusader, Houston Forward Times and The Washington Informer hosted the fellows, providing them the opportunity to hone their print, broadcast, digital and photojournalism skills, all while driving the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. Each of the fellows wrote several powerful pieces, produced video content, participated in press conferences and met Charles Muse, one of the Chevrolet Blazer engineers. Throughout the program, the fellows’ stories were featured on the NNPA website (www.nnpa.org/chevydtu) throughout the program.

Learn more about the Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship at www.nnpa.org/chevydtu.