Alicia McCarty, a freshman at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, has been awarded a scholarship from the American News Women’s Club. She is one of three students in the Washington, D.C. area to win such an award this year.

She will receive the award at the 16th annual Gala and Helen Thomas Awards Dinner at the National Press Club on June 3.

McCarty was selected by the committee after submitting an application in which she stated she sees journalism as a career in which she can “continue learning my whole life.” The committee cited her desire “to be an investigative journalist, toiling over government documents, spending weeks hunting down sources, exposing corruption, and telling timeless stories.” Her internships with the Carroll County Times produced clips that demonstrated an already high level of competency, and creativity, in reporting local stories, the organization reported.

Since the American News Women’s Club opened in 1932, members have supported aspiring journalists in acquiring skills necessary to succeed in the profession. This year’s other recipients are Kyoko Takenaka of American University and Jonquilyn Hill of Howard University.