Awarded to a student in the school whose career goals are to cover international, political and economic events or work in the field of public diplomacy. Preference given to students from North Carolina. The donor prefers that the award be given to students who are self-starters, have a strong interest in cross-cultural communication, have financial need, and who demonstrate initiative. The donor also prefers that the student should speak at least one foreign langauge.
This award honors the career and memory of WIlliam G. Arey Jr., a 1939 graduate of the school who co-founded the award-winning Cleveland County Times and later served with the U.S. Foreign Service in Panama.