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Jan 19, 2022 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association in partnership with Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and the White House Correspondents’ Association, have awarded student Cooper Pierce with the Hugh S. Sidey Scholarship in Print Journalism.

Pierce will receive $5,000, an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., and an invitation to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to meet journalists and communicators, contingent on restrictions of COVID-19.

The Hugh S. Sidey Scholarship in Print Journalism at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication was established in 2006 at Sidey’s alma mater, Iowa State University, by way of the White House Historical Association. The award supports aspiring print journalists at the Greenlee School who exhibit extraordinary understanding of the responsibilities of covering the chief executive and the core principle of social responsibility that resides with print journalist.

Cooper Pierce is a junior at Iowa State University, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science. He currently serves as Marketing Specialist for Iowa State Recreation Services, with prior experience as a communications intern at the Office of the Iowa Attorney General, reporter for the Iowa State Daily, and Digital Content Creator for the Rachel for Ames Campaign.

“I am honored to receive the Hugh S. Sidey Scholarship,” said Pierce. “Hugh Sidey is a shining example of what a young student from the Midwest can accomplish over the course of their career. Sidey’s legacy will guide me as I step into a career in political communication. I'm thrilled to get the chance to go to Washington, D.C. and spend time in our nation's capital.”

“We are delighted to honor Cooper Pierce as our 2022 Sidey scholar,” said Stewart McLaurin, President of the White House Historical Association. “It is a joy to collaborate with the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, as well as the White House Correspondents’ Association to honor another promising journalism student, in honor of the late Hugh Sidey. We look forward to welcoming Cooper to D.C. this spring.”

“We congratulate Cooper Pierce on this recognition by the White House Historical Association and look forward to all the great things Cooper will do in his career," said Steven Portnoy, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. The WHCA is grateful for its enduring partnership with the Association, as we together honor the history of the American presidency.”

Previous winners have visited Washington, attended a White House press briefing, and toured media outlets such as POLITICO, The Washington Post, and McClatchy News Service.

Read this year's winning essay.

Learn more about the Hugh S. Sidey scholarship here.

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About the White House Historical Association

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. She sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. In 1961, the nonprofit, nonpartisan White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion’s legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association’s mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the Association has given more than $115 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.

To learn more about the White House Historical Association, please visit

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