A huge congratulations to Girls Write Now mentee Jada Fitzpatrick for being honored with the highly coveted New York Times Scholarship, with substantial financial backing each semester and a summer job at the Times. As a company founded to give women a stronger voice in the male dominated industry of publishing, we are extremely honored to support Girls Write Now, the first organization in the country with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for girls.
In addition to merrymaking and celebrating, the gala will honor Jenni Konner (executive producer, writer and director of HBO's Girls and co-founder of LennyLetter.com), Janet Mock (author of Redefining Realness and Firsts and host of MSNBC's So POPular!) and John Osborn (president and CEO, BBDO New York. Here's how you can attend>>
Jada said “the secret world of poetry” helped her through hard times and will prepare her for “perhaps her biggest journey, from a homeless shelter to a dormitory.” Jada will be performing with her mentor Linda Kleinbub and honorees who believe in the next generation of women writers at the annual gala.
The New York Times is acknowledging Jada’s dedication to her craft by awarding her the fiercely competitive and highly coveted New York Times College Scholarship. From a pool of 1,000 applicants, Jada and nine other high-achieving high school seniors whose family income is at the poverty level, will receive up to $15,000 per semester toward tuition, a laptop, and the incredible opportunity of getting a summer job at The New York Times. Jada is valedictorian in her class at Preparatory Academy for Writers, located in Springfield Gardens, Queens.