Charlie Gibson Surprised With Scholarship Announcement

Jun 28, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The celebration Wednesday of Charlie Gibson’s last day on “Good Morning America” after 19 years as a co-host was capped with a surprise announcement that very nearly cost him his composure.

The Charles Gibson-‘Good Morning America’ Scholarship is being created and sponsored by Mr. Gibson’s boss, ABC News President David Westin, and co-hosts Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts.

The scholarship will go to one or two students every year and will include an internship on “GMA” as well as a stipend.

Competition for the scholarship will begin with a national essay contest and videotape entry in which candidates demonstrate their commitment to journalism and community. Finalists will be interviewed by a committee that includes senior ABC News executives and the executive producer of “GMA,” to whom the scholarship recipients will report.

Details are still to come and are expected to be posted soon on the “Good Morning America” Web page at ABCNews.com.