ABOUT WASHINGTON INFORMER CHARITIES
The Washington Informer was founded by the late Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, Sr. and his wife, Wilhelmina J. Rolark, Esq., in 1964. We honor them for their dedication to serving the residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Dr. Rolark’s desire was to publish and promote positive news and events that would enrich and educate the community and to help individuals to prosper and help one another.
THE WASHINGTON INFORMER CHARITIES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
The Washington Informer offers two (2) scholarships programs for student career and education opportunities:
THE WILHELMINA J. ROLARK SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
The Wilhelmina J. Rolark Scholarship has been established to aid high school seniors who have demonstrated a passion in community service and social advocacy.
THE CALVIN W. ROLARK SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
The Calvin W. Rolark Scholarship has been established to aid high school seniors who have demonstrated a desire to pursue a career in radio, television or print journalism.
THE WASHINGTON INFORMER CHARITIES INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Washington Informer seeks interns year-round for its annual journalism program. College and high school students often apply. The internship experience is designed to provide opportunities for students to develop professional skills with on-the-job responsibilities surrounding the production of a community newspaper both print and digital. The internships may last from several months or up to a year. Students become part of the newspaper staff and are immersed with a myriad of tasks surrounding writing, editing, marketing, advertising, public relations, graphic design, blogging, broadcast journalism, and other duties as assigned.
Washington Informer Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps children and adults reach their fullest potential through providing opportunities to improve and strengthen their literacy skills. We establish and support programs that improve reading ability, and expand overall access to learning.
Strengthening education, knowledge and the skills of our youth, lead to real opportunities for our children and better outcomes for all of our citizens and the world we live in. Among other initiatives, Washington Informer Charities provides and promotes services that uplift, encourage, and motivate our youth in a positive manner.
– Denise Rolark Barnes, Madam Chair