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B-CU Mass Communications Student Awarded the 2016-17 Rhythm Nation/Janet Jackson Scholarship for Over $1,000


United Negro College Fund Supports Student Success Through Offering Scholarship Opportunities to Deserving Students

Brooke Dann was shocked when she received the news that she was selected for the 2016-17 Rhythm Nation/Janet Jackson Scholarship. The Junior Mass Communications student received the scholarship in the amount of $1, 235.00. Dann was contacted by Dr. Elsie Wanjohie, Department chairwoman of Mass Communications at B-CU. “I knew that Brooke was a great fit for the scholarship and deserved to be recognized with the financial award to further her academic success,” Dr. Wanjohie said. Students applying for the award had to meet the minimum requirement of a 2.5 GPA, attend a United Negro College Fund (UNCF) affiliated college or university, provide a 1000-word essay, and major in the areas of Communications, Education, English, Fine Arts, Journalism, Mass Media Arts, Music, Photography/Video, TV Production, or Visual Arts. 

Brooke currently holds a 3.5 GPA, has served as Freshman of the Year in Mass Communications, and has received honors in Sigma Alpha Pi for her achievements. “I am thankful Dr. Wanjohie encouraged me to apply for the scholarship, especially since I try to take out as little loans as possible,” she said. “I was initially nervous to apply; there are over 100 students in my major,” Brooke mentioned.  Brooke is the student manager, morning show host and voiceover for B-CU’s radio station, WRWS LPFM 99.1. Her future plans are to become “the biggest universal voiceover to depart from B-CU,” she said. Brooke plans to some day become an announcer for the Grammy’s and BET Award Shows. She aspires to motivate those that don’t believe strong enough in their craft and encourages others to go after their dreams. 

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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