Tamara Henry Broadcast Journalism Award

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Since 1997

Since 1997, Tamara has given back to the Miss Arkansas Pageant Scholarship Program, which made it possible for her to complete her degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tamara paid her way through college by winning scholarships in the Miss Arkansas Pageant, and now she is giving back - by sponsoring a scholarship each year - to the contestant with the highest interview score, majoring in TV news.




In 1999, Miss Arkansas 1999 Brandy Rhodes was awarded the title. Rhodes, of Hot Springs Village, is a 22-year-old graduate of the University of the Ozarks, where she studied radio, television and film. Before the final announcement, pageant judges bestowed her with the Tamara Henry Broadcast Journalism Award.


At the turn of the century, Tamara moved across the country to assume anchor duties at one of the top five Fox affiliates in the nation, and continued to sponsor her hometown scholarship from 1,800 miles away.


Two years after arriving in California, Tamara made the short move to Los Angeles in August of 2001. The next month was September 11th, and Tamara was homeless in LA. By October she was on her feet and had landed her first role in a film.


Whitney Kirk, Miss Arkansas 2003, sent Tamara a thank you card in the mail. "Dear Ms. Henry, Thank you for sponsoring the boradcast journalism scholarship. I truly appreciate your generosity. Thank you for supporting the pageant and the young women who benefit from it. Thank you, Whitney Kirk, Miss Arkansas 2003"


Tamara decided to use her free time in-between auditions to enroll in a graduate degree program. www gousm edu



Tamara completed her Master's Degree and learned how to manifest her dreams. She is now living on the beach in the city she has always wanted to live in, working on the air in Market #2 as a news anchor, and working as an entertainment reporter and red carpet celebrity host. Filled with gratitude for her abundance, she continues to share her generosity by giving back to The Miss Arkansas Pageant.