Spelman College senior Taylor Yarbrough was recently honored with the Second Annual Bill Sharp Award, by JWT Atlanta. The $3,500 scholarship award is named after advertising legend and industry diversity pioneer William “Bill” Sharp, and marks Sharp’s commitment to helping African-American students establish careers in the advertising industry. The scholarship is presented in partnership with the Marcus Graham Project, a national, nonprofit association dedicated to providing resources for today’s youth, while developing a new generation of talent and leadership within the industry.

Yarbrough, a psychology major, plans to pursue a career in advertising following graduation in 2013. “Receiving this scholarship ultimately means that people have recognized the value of having diversity [on all levels] within the ad world,” said Yarbrough, who completed an internship at Ogilvy & Mather in New York last summer.

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Yarbrough, a native of New Orleans, is a graduate of Lusher Charter School. read more…