Brooklyn, NY, March 16, 2023 — Medgar Evers College seniors Cassidy Ridgeway and Sherisma A. Liburd were recently named recipients of the inaugural Women’s Media Group Presidents Emerita Awards. Both are English majors who will receive financial support from the Women’s Media Group Educational Foundation. As WMG Scholars, each can join the organization as a member with full benefits for three years—their membership fees are waived for this period while they’re in school or starting their media careers.
Ridgeway is currently on her way to obtaining a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in creative writing. Given her love of the written word, Ridgeway intends to become a social media manager upon graduation while having it be a major part of her non-work life.
“In my free time, I enjoy writing various stories because writing allows me to find freedom through artistic expression, and it helps to build communications skills,” Ridgeway said.
Liburd is an aspiring writer trying to find her place in the ever-bustling city that is New York, all while being a Teaching Artist at the Harlem Children’s Zone, where she teaches young scholars creative writing as well as music.
“I love to write, from the news to songwriting,” said Liburd. “I am so grateful for this opportunity and hope that it only ascends from here on out.”
Women’s Media Group Co-President Emerita Kathy Sandler said, “We’re so pleased to offer these scholarships to bright young women at a respected PBI (Predominantly Black Institution) in the New York metro area.” Julie Blattberg, also a Co-President Emerita, added, “WMG is all about community, and we welcome Cassidy and Sherisma to learn from the membership—as we expect to have much to learn from them.”
With these awards, the WMG Board of Directors invites each WMG Scholar to participate in networking events, career-development programs, and workshops, and to take advantage of opportunities to network with professional members and other WMG Scholars.
About the Women’s Media Group
Launched in the early 1970s, the Women’s Media Group (WMG) is a New York City–based national nonprofit association of women who have achieved prominence in the many fields of media. Our members—drawn primarily from book, magazine, and newspaper publishing; film and television; and online and other digital media—meet to collaborate with, learn from, inform, and support one another. The organization is also dedicated to mentoring young women interested in pursuing media careers.
About Medgar Evers College
Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College offers both associate and baccalaureate degrees. A four-year college within the City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. In its commitment to providing students with a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College offers high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education. For more information, visit www.mec.cuny.edu.
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