The Community Foundation of Howard County has announced Dylan Bradford and Mia Swaby-Rowe as the inaugural winners of the Nikole Hannah-Jones Scholarship Award program.

Established by The Howard Hughes Corp. in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the “1619 Project” for The New York Times Magazine, the scholarship promotes the values of equity and justice. Bradford, a graduate of Reservoir High School; and Swaby-Rowe, a graduate of Wilde Lake High School, will each receive a $5,000 scholarship award.

The Nikole Hannah-Jones Scholarship is available each year to two Black Howard County public school students who have been accepted into a two- or four-year college or university. Applicants were evaluated and selected by the Community Foundation of Howard County based on community service, civic involvement and other activities, letters of recommendation and educational transcripts.