Foundation offers awards to US and Caribbean students

SCOTCH PLAINS, New Jersey (March 23, 2009) - US and Caribbean nationals interested in pursuing studies in media, broadcasting or public speaking are being offered scholarship awards in the memory of Christian communications professional and former CNN news anchor, Andria Hall.

The SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A. Foundation this week opened the application process for two grants which will be awarded to a high school student from the United States and another from the Caribbean region where Andria Hall featured at many inspiring tourism and media conferences.

Each grant will total US $2,000 and will be awarded to individuals pursing media-related studies at the college or university of their choice.

In addition, each winner will receive a fellowship to attend an upcoming edition of the Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx) - which Andria helped to produce - or another media event in the US or Caribbean.

"We are determined to ensure Andria's legacy lives on through the lives of our future generation," said Andria's husband Clayton Sizemore, president of The SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A. Foundation. He added it is appropriate to include Caribbean youth for whom Andria had designed mentoring plans even while courageously battling breast cancer.

Applications for the scholarships and study grants can be sent via email or via post by May 1, 2009.

"The dedication of Andria's family to continue her work so soon after her deeply lamented departure is in itself a huge tribute to Andria and what she stood for so devoutly," said CMEx Director Lelei LeLaulu. "We as a sustainable development organization will never be the same since Andria reminded us, in her ineffably graceful and elegant fashion, that spiritual development and professional excellence had to go hand in hand," recalled LeLaulu.

Applicants must either be a graduating high school senior in the US or 5th/6th Form graduating secondary school student in the Caribbean with an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 or C+ average. Participation in extracurricular activities, community work/social service, school, church, volunteer or work experience is required.

The scholarship criteria and application form can be found at the following links:


Application form:

Completed applications can be emailed or mailed to:

The SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A Foundation
1812 Front Street
Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076

United States

About The SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A. Foundation

The SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A. Foundation, established by Christian communications professional and Emmy award-winning journalist Andria Hall, is dedicated to Ministering, Edifying and Divinely Inspiring All to the glory of God. The Foundation, which Andria established to minister, mentor and mold the future generations, supports education, training and the character development of young people in the fields of Media, Broadcasting and Public Speaking. Contributions can be sent to The SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A. Foundation - 1812 Front Street, Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076. For further information, email