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Meet the 2021 SDABJ Scholarship Recipients

Adam Correra Recipient of the $500 Community College Scholarship

My name is Adam Correa, I’m 22 years old, and I am starting at San Diego State University in the Fall 2021 semester. My major is Journalism Media Studies and my goal is to become a successful newspaper writer or news anchor/reporter.

Lena McEachern Recipient of the $1000 Debra Stephens Scholarship



Lena McEachern is a senior at Carlsbad High School and an Editor-in-Chief of the online student newspaper, The Lancer Link. In 2019, she attended The School of The New York Times summer program, and she is a freelance writer for publications like Elite Daily. Lena is also involved in her school’s Black Student Union, Female Empowerment Club, and more. After high school, she will attend Stanford University.

Julia Woock Recipient of the $1500 4-Year Scholarship

Julia Annette Woock is a Latina born in Tijuana, Mexico, raised in a binational borderlands community by a single mother. She is double majoring in political science and journalism, while transferring from Southwestern College to a four-year institution. She holds associate degrees in Italian, economics and liberal studies with an emphasis in math and science. Woock is the Editor-in-Chief of America’s #1-ranked community college newspaper, The Southwestern College Sun, where she covers local politics, immigration and indigenous civil rights.


Darius Boamah Recipient of the $1500 Donayle Henderson 4-year scholarship

Darius Boamah is a rising senior with a major in journalism and is minoring in sports communication and photography at Emerson College. At Emerson, he plays and is the captain of the soccer team. In the future he wants to be a sports broadcast journalist and he participates in several school organizations to reach this goal.

Erik Marez Recipient of the $1000 Scholarship

There is a saying that has always resonated with me. “Your story isn’t why you should; it is why you must.” I have journeyed further than many believed I could, yet I have eagerly and passionately pursued media production through much resilience. Receiving a scholarship from SDABJ truly resonates with me in how it shows that they support and believe in the protentional of my passion for media. With the support of SDABJ, I hope that I can continue to grow to be a great role model for those who follow and wish to pursue a career in the media industry.               —Erik Marez


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