JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A private university in Mississippi has awarded the third Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship. It is named for the author of “The Hate U Give” and other bestselling young adult novels.

Incoming freshman Dee Holden will receive four years of tuition, room and board at Thomas’ alma mater, Belhaven University in Jackson.

This May 2, 2022 photo provided by Belhaven University shows incoming freshman Dee Holden, a U.S. citizen living in Yantai, China, Dee Holden was awarded the third Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship, named for the author of “The Hate U Give” and other bestselling young adult novels. Holden will receive four years of tuition, room and board at Thomas’ alma mater Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. (Diana Holden/Belhaven University via AP)

Holden is a U.S. citizen living in Yantai, China. She submitted creative writing samples to apply for the scholarship. The university says Thomas took part in an online meeting April 25 to tell Holden about the award.

Belhaven established the scholarship to honor Thomas, a 2011 graduate.

FILE – This photo shows author Angie Thomas, Oct. 10, 2018 in Jackson, Miss. Thomas’ alma mater, Belhaven University has awarded the third Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship, to incoming freshman Dee Holden, a U.S. citizen living in Yantai, China. Holden will receive four years of tuition, room and board at the Jackson, Miss., based school. One creative writing major at Belhaven will receive a scholarship to cover all expenses for tuition, room and board for four years, the university said in a news release Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)