Fil-Am former Miss Washington Teen USA receives journalism scholarship
The Filipino-American who was crowned Miss Washington Teen USA 2014 received a scholarship from the Asian American Journalist Association for a prestigious annual journalism convention.
Starla Sampaco received the 2016 AAJA Seattle Founders Scholarship for the national AJAA convention in August, IExaminer reported on Thursday (US time).
Photo courtesy of Starla Sampaco's Twitter account
Sampaco told the IExaminer, “I am proud to be a first-generation American, and my experience as the daughter of Filipino immigrants influenced my passion for stories involving immigrants and underrepresented communities.”
Sampaco is double majoring Journalism and Law, Societies, and Justice at the University of Washington (UW) and will graduate in June 2017.
UW included Sampaco in the 2016 class of Husky 100, a list recognizing outstanding 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma.
She is also the recipient of various scholarships including a summer scholarship at the New York Film Academy in 2015. — Rie Takumi/VVP, GMA News