J-School Scholarship & Award Recipients

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and alumni, the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications awards more than $600,000 in scholarships and awards to students in the school. All journalism majors are eligible. The application period is open each year in the fall, and the scholarships and awards are announced the following year. Below are descriptions of all of the school's scholarships and awards and the 2021 student recipients of each award. Congratulations to all of this year's recipients!

Scholarships

THEODORE ALFORD SCHOLARSHIP honors Alford, who attended the first journalism classes at KU and was Washington bureau chief for The Kansas City Star from 1928 to 1947.

  • Sydney Clark

DAVID H. ANDERSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP honors this graduate of the School of Journalism and School of Law who was an attorney in Frankfort, Kansas. Students from Midwestern states receive preference for the scholarship.

  • Emilie Faust
  • Victoria Garcia Unzueta

DREW ANDERSON INSPIRATION SCHOLARSHIP was established by Drew’s parents, Wendee and Kent Anderson. Drew was born in 1989 and had muscular dystrophy since childhood. He graduated from Piper High School in 2007 and from the School of Journalism in 2011. Drew was copy chief for The University Daily Kansan and an intern for the Lawrence Journal-World. Drew used a motorized scooter and inspired people with his sense of humor, independent spirit and wisdom beyond his years. Drew was a die-hard KU sports fan. The scholarship is for students who inspire their peers by overcoming obstacles and demonstrating passion for their work.

  • Wesley Cudney

STANALENE S. AND WILLIAM A. ANDERSON JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP was given by Michael S. Anderson of New York City in memory of his mother and brother. Stanalene Anderson was a reporter and editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal for 33 years. An award-winning journalist, she was noted for her coverage of health and mental health news. She survived breast cancer at age 43 and raised two sons alone. William Anderson died at age 18.

  • Mackenzie Cooney

LORRIMER ARMSTRONG FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP was established by Catherine Armstrong to honor her family. Armstrong, a 1921 graduate, and her daughter, Margaret D’Ardenne, a 1958 graduate, both studied journalism.

  • Josie Brewington

WILLIAM F. BAKER SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP was created by Pamela Baker Sear to honor her husband, William F. Baker, the publisher and owner of BankNews Publications Inc., a banking industry media company that published banking magazines, association magazines, bank directories and newsletters. The scholarship is given to a student studying strategic communication.

  • Brooke Audano

WILLIAM W. BAKER SCHOLARSHIP honors a former editor and president of The Kansas City Star who also taught journalism at the School. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduates in news and information.

  • Lily Becker

MABEL MCLAUGHLIN BECK SCHOLARSHIP is given to women students in journalism. Beck, a 1904 graduate, was a noted newspaperwoman, past president of the KU Alumni Association and director of the KU Endowment Association. Her husband published The Holton Recorder.

  • Annie Gurnett

STEPHANIE K. BLACKWOOD SCHOLARSHIP honors this 1974 graduate who launched three successful New York-based marketing agencies and spent her life working for causes and ideas she believes in, including supporting the LGBTQ community. The scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates civic or community engagement.

  • Emma Olinger

LUCILE BLUFORD SCHOLARSHIP honors the longtime editor and publisher of The Kansas City Call and an honored graduate of the school.

  • Heidi March

BRACCO SCHOLARSHIP was established for students who demonstrate academic merit.  Brian Bracco, a 1973 graduate, had a distinguished career as a news and broadcast executive for the Hearst and Scripps companies.  Sarah graduated in 1974 in art education.

  • Peyton Burnham
  • Sam Converse
  • Lindsay Cox

HOWARD S. BRESSLER SCHOLARSHIP honors a 1995 graduate who was responsible for marketing for a restaurant chain. The scholarship is given to a student studying strategic communication.

  • Chloe Hoff

ANN M. BRILL AND LARRY J. SCHMITZ JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP was established for students with academic merit. Preference is for students studying abroad.

  • Phoebe Koruna

JOAN MARIE BUTLER SCHOLARSHIP in advertising was given by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Butler of Wichita in memory of their daughter, a 1987 graduate of the School and advertising professional in Kansas City. Mr. Butler and Chris Butler, Joan’s brother, are graduates of the School.

  • Abby McCoy

JOHN LEE CASADY SCHOLARSHIP was created in memory of this 1968 graduate by his mother, Dorothy Glover.

  • Shayla Gaulding
  • Madison Holloway

CEDER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP was established for a student with academic merit from the state of Kansas.

  • Johan Marin

BASIL T. CHURCH SCHOLARSHIP honors a 1920 graduate who was president of a Chicago newspaper promotion firm. He also led the committee that built Memorial Stadium.

  • Ryan Butler
  • Tayla Goodenough
  • Käte-Marie Legler
  • Sydney Sheldon

CATHERINE CLYMER SCHOLARSHIP was established by David Clymer, of El Dorado, Kansas, who created the scholarship in memory of his sister, who had a distinguished career in broadcasting in California.

  • Anna Blumenthal
  • Bryna Kelley
  • Alexander Moore

ROLLA CLYMER SCHOLARSHIP honors the longtime editor of The El Dorado Times and one of the founders of the William Allen White Foundation. His son David created the scholarship.

  • Madalynn Abele
  • Emily Baldwin
  • Jill Dean

CYNTHIA BREGIN CROUCH BROADCAST SCHOLARSHIP was established in 2011 for a student studying broadcast journalism. It was founded by Crouch, a 1987 graduate and Emmy Award-winning television journalist.

  • Tristan Allen

VIRGINIA T. DIXON JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP was established for students pursuing a major in news and information.

  • Zain Kanji
  • Yizhi Xu

TOM EBLEN IN HONOR OF THE GLORIOUS RED PEN SCHOLARSHIP honors the former general manager and news adviser of The University Daily Kansan. It is given to students studying news and information.

  • Catherine Ke
  • Caroline McCone

LYNNE MEYER EGAN SCHOLARSHIP was established by John J. Egan, a 1986 graduate of the school. He created the scholarship in honor of his mother, a 1963 graduate of the School of Education. The scholarship is awarded to a student with a demonstrated interest in environmental issues.

  • Lauren Spence

FRED ELLSWORTH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP honors the longtime executive secretary of the KU Alumni Association. The scholarship recognizes seniors who have demonstrated high achievement in journalism.

  • Naomi Madu

THE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FUND is allocated by KU Student Senate for a scholarship to a student committed to a journalism career and who contributes to the success, education and diversity of the journalism student body. Selection is based on academic merit, work with journalism students, and commitment to entering a journalism career. Preference is given to graduate students who can enhance the school’s diversity and to nontraditional students.

  • Michelle Keller

FRAZIER-LEECH SCHOLARSHIP was established in 2007 by Steve Frazier and Liz Leech, who met at The University Daily Kansan and have been married since 1988. Steve graduated from KU in 1978 and was an editor for the Kansan. He was a reporter and foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and later earned an MBA at Northwestern University and now works for Amazon.com. Liz graduated from KU in 1977 and was a reporter and editor for the Kansan. She worked for the Hutchinson News and was Kansas Statehouse bureau chief for United Press International and the Kansas City Times. The scholarship is in gratitude for the coaching and encouragement they received from journalism faculty members.

  • Sophia Belshe
  • Zain Kanji
  • Kaycee Krell
  • Cate Manning

BILL FROMM SCHOLARSHIP was created by Barkley Evergreen & Partners employees to honor the chairman and founder of the agency, one of the largest in Kansas City. The firm, now named Barkley, is a major employer of interns and graduates of the School. 

  • Anna Avery

RALPH AND MARTHA GAGE SCHOLARSHIP was established by The World Company. Ralph Gage graduated from the School in 1964. Martha Gage earned a master’s and Ph.D. in education curriculum and instruction from KU. After a 43-year career at The World Company, Ralph Gage retired in 2013, having held titles of managing editor, general manager and chief operating officer. This scholarship is for upperclass or graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence.

  • Stef Manchen

MALCOLM AND JOYCE GIBSON STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP is given by Malcolm D. Gibson, retired general manager of The University Daily Kansan and former professor, and his wife, Joyce L. Gibson. Malcolm Gibson worked for several news organizations, including The Associated Press, The Miami Herald and The New York Times Co.

  • Sarah Pickel

BYRON AND EULALIA T. GUISE SCHOLARSHIP recognizes students in news and public-interest journalism who are from smaller towns in Kansas. Byron Guise was inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame in 1993. The couple owned and operated The Marysville Advocate.

  • Hanna Brown
  • Margaret Kagdis
  • Galvin McLean

JAN M. GUTH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP was created by Professor David W. Guth and daughter, Susan E. Novotney, to honor Mrs. Guth, who graduated from KU with an economics degree and was a software engineer in Kansas City for over 15 years. She died in March 2007. The scholarship is for a student in strategic communication or a multicultural student.

  • Janada Birdling
  • Elizabeth Kim

ALAN HAGMAN SCHOLARSHIP was created in loving memory of acclaimed photographer and 1987 graduate Alan Hagman of the Los Angeles Times. The scholarship is for students with an interest in visual storytelling.

  • Cassie Schmidt

HEARST FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND was created from matching grants won by journalism students in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation writing competitions.

  • Tyler Didomenico
  • Julia Irminger
  • Jess Mumm
  • Lane Phifer
  • Emma Saville
  • Isabel Scarbrough
  • Molly Shaw
  • Carson Shea
  • Maggie Smith
  • Evan Warner

TOM HEDRICK SCHOLARSHIP in sports broadcasting is given by Terry K. and Sandy Shockley and their children, Toni and Todd Shockley. The scholarship honors the longtime broadcaster and KU educator who specialized in sports broadcasting. Terry Shockley was president and part owner of a chain of Wisconsin TV and radio stations. He earned his master’s degree at KU. Toni and Todd Shockley also are KU graduates.

  • Lane Gillespie

GLADYS HELZBERG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP was given by the Kansas City Chapter of Women in Communications Inc. for a female journalism student.

  • Sophia Misle

FREDERICK HESSER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP was given by the late Dr. and Mrs. H.H. Hesser of Overland Park. Their son, Frederick, was a student in broadcasting when he died in 1975.

  • Ryan Butler
  • Kelli Byrd
  • Ellie Druten
  • Reagan Jones
  • Olivia Pennell
  • Anna Wiksten

KRISTIN L. HOPPA JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP honors this 2009 graduate of the school who was the public safety reporter for the Waco Tribune-Herald. She died unexpectedly in 2020. The scholarship is for a student from Kansas with interest in news and/or investigative reporting.

  • Caroline Zimmerman

CHARLOTTE KIRK HOWARD SCHOLARSHIP is for undergraduate students with academic merit. It was created by Charlotte and Jeff Howard. Charlotte is a 1977 graduate of the School of Journalism.

  • Dawson Miller
  • Soleil Rucker

ED AND ZORA BELLE HUNDLEY SCHOLARSHIP is given to a senior or graduate student who has helped a community see itself as it is and as it aspires to be.  The Hundleys owned and operated radio stations in Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas.  They received the Grover C. Cobb Award from KU in 1985 for excellence in broadcasting and public service. In 1989, Ed received the Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.  The scholarship is given with gratitude for those who worked with Ed and Zora Belle for the betterment of their communities.

  • Paul Samberg

RUTH HUNT SCHOLARSHIP was created by this 1910 graduate. She was a high school journalism teacher for 38 years, 32 of them at Topeka High School. She also was a close friend of Professor L.N. Flint, the Flint of Stauffer-Flint Hall, who taught at KU for 40 years.

  • Zain Kanji

ADELAIDE DICK IMES SCHOLARSHIP was created by Adelaide Imes in her will to assist journalism students.

  • Käte-Marie Legler

INSIDE ARABIA SCHOLARSHIP honors the memory of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who envisioned freedom of expression in the Arab world. Inside Arabia offers this scholarship for an undergraduate student (sophomore or junior) with a demonstrated interest in the MENA region.

  • Zain Kanji

GEORGE CAMERON JEWELL SCHOLARSHIP honors a newsman who worked for Gannett newspapers for 30 years and The Kansas City Star for two years. The scholarship was created by his daughters, Nancie Dalke and Linda Sullivan, who remember Mr. Jewell’s passion for the printed word.

  • Soleil Rucker

DOROTHY H. JOHNSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN JOURNALISM is awarded to multicultural students from Kansas City area counties who have a high level of academic achievement.

  • Kayla Hernandez
  • Ladazhia Taylor

WILLIAM AND FRAN O’BRIEN JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP honors the couple, who are KU graduates. William Johnson, a 1962 graduate of the School of Journalism, was CEO of Grolier Publishing Co. and had an 18-year career with Fingerhut Direct Marketing, where he served as president, chairman and CEO. Fran O’Brien Johnson, a 1963 graduate of the School of Education, tutored children with learning disabilities, performed pre-kindergarten screening, and taught literacy to adult women. Dorothy H. Johnson Memorial Scholarship in Journalism is awarded to multicultural students from Kansas City area counties who have a high level of academic achievement.

  • Taylor Holecek
  • Reagan Jones
  • Megan Schwerdtfeger

JOHN P. AND MARY KAISER JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIPS are awarded to graduates of Kansas high schools. John Kaiser, a 1951 graduate of the School of Journalism, retired in 1986 as vice president of marketing for the magazine division of Dun & Bradstreet. He was a journalist first class in the U.S. Coast Guard and later was a promotion manager for Capper Publications in Topeka.

  • Nicole-Marie Konopelko
  • Stephanie Morales Macedo
  • Claire Olmsted
  • Rylie Oswalk
  • Abigail Peeler
  • Abby Shepherd

FLORENCE F. KELLY SCHOLARSHIP is named for an alumna of the school who was a noted newspaperwoman.

  • Madeline Elliott

CLARKE KEYS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP honors this 1954 graduate and former Kansan editor. He earned a master’s degree in 1961, taught at the School from 1959 to 1961, and advised the Kansan for a year. He was editor-publisher of The News-Telegram in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

  • Madison Osberger-Low

EDNA CAROL TAYLOR KEYS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is designated for a female journalism student at either the junior or senior level.

  • Katie O'Hara
  • Sydney Studnicka

KING JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP was established in 2012 by Blaine and Lyndel King to support students in the School of Journalism.

  • Julia Irminger

JERRY W. KNUDSON JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP is named for this 1956 journalism graduate. He taught communications at Temple University for 32 years and was awarded a Freedom Forum citation by the Gannett Foundation for his coverage of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile. This scholarship is awarded to a junior studying news.

  • Cyro Asseo De Choch
  • Tatum Goetting
  • Madison Osberger-Low

LINDA LEE STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP honors former journalism Professor Linda Lee. She retired in 2012 after more than two decades of service. Lee regularly led study abroad programs in Italy and Latin America. The scholarship aids students in their study abroad experiences.

  • Trinity Krouse

MICHAEL S. LEIBENGOOD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP was established by his parents, Dana and Judy Leibengood, after Mike’s death in 1980. Dana Leibengood was the director of student services and a former associate dean of the School. He retired in 1998 after 29 years of service.

  • Shayla Gaulding

BRUCE LINTON GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP in electronic media honors the professor emeritus who headed broadcast education at the School of Journalism from 1955 to 1984 and taught at KU for 33 years until 1988. The scholarship was created by Terry and Sandy Shockley and their children, Toni and Todd. Terry Shockley was a graduate student of Professor Linton’s.

  • Dominic Davis
  • Mattie Melton

ROBERT H. LONGSTAFF JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP honors this 1953 graduate who was sports editor for The University Daily Kansan. He worked for The Topeka State Journal. He also headed the state capitol bureau of Booth Newspapers in Lansing, Michigan, and was editor of The Bay City Times. Longstaff’s wife, Mary Joyce, established the scholarship for a news and information student.

  • Kaylin Burris

JOHN MADDEN SCHOLARSHIP is named for the 1914 KU graduate who was a reporter in St. Louis and worked in advertising in New York City. His family owned the Mound City, Kansas, newspaper.

  • Ladazhia Taylor

MICHAEL MAHANEY SCHOLARSHIP goes to a student in strategic communication.

  • Kayla Hernandez

THOMAS J. MCGRATH SCHOLARSHIP for outstanding achievement or exceptional promise in journalism honors this 1958 advertising graduate of the School.

  • Lauren Johnson
  • Bridget Jones

JOHN MACON MCMILLION SCHOLARSHIP was given by McMillion, retired publisher of The Akron Beacon Journal. A leader at The University Daily Kansan and a 1956 graduate, McMillion had a distinguished career at newspapers in Duluth, Minnesota; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and in Texas, Colorado and Nebraska. He is a former trustee of the William Allen White Foundation. 

  • Isabella Doyle

PAUL V. MINER SCHOLARSHIP was given by the retired president of The Kansas City Star Company, to be awarded to an outstanding news student.

  • Sophia Belshe
  • Lucy Peterson

RICK MUSSER MULTIMEDIA FUND was established in 2008 by Tracee Hamilton. Professor Musser taught reporting, editing and multimedia news production, served as faculty manager of The University Daily Kansan, headed the news and information track and coordinated the creation of the School’s multimedia newsroom. Hamilton worked for the Detroit Free Press and Wilmington (Delaware) News Journal before joining The Washington Post, where she was Sunday sports editor, deputy sports editor and sports columnist. This scholarship is for students studying multimedia journalism.

  • Catherine Ke

DELORES A. NEWELL SCHOLARSHIP was created by alumnus Kevin Newell in honor of his mother, Delores. Kevin is a retired executive vice president and global chief brand officer for McDonald’s USA. He was with the company for more than 25 years. His wife, Adrian, also is a KU graduate.

  • Mya Peterson

LAURA OKMIN SCHOLARSHIP was established by this 1991 graduate of the school who is sideline reporter for NFL on FOX and a founder of GALvanize, a boot camp that trains and mentors women entering the sports world. The scholarship preference is for a woman interested in sports broadcasting.

  • Madison Osberger-Low

I.A. O’SHAUGHNESSY FOUNDATION JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP is awarded by the Kansas City Advertising Club Foundation. The fund was provided by former state Sen. David Wysong and his family.

  • Olivia Noel

MAX C. PAGE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP honors the former vice president and deputy director of the Newseum, a museum dedicated to news and journalism. While at KU, he worked as a photographer at KCMO-TV in Kansas City. He worked at television stations in Oklahoma City, Dallas, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. He finished his career at the Newseum.

  • Phoebe Koruna
  • Fabian Rosales

SUE PARCELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP was established in memory of this 1978 graduate and outstanding newswoman by her family, co-workers and viewers at WDAF-TV in Kansas City and WTOL-TV in Toledo.

  • Emily Binkley
  • Kaitlin Clark

LORETTA AND KEITH PENDERGRAFT SCHOLARSHIP honors Loretta Pendergraft, a 1940 graduate of the school. The scholarship is for a student from the state of Kansas.

  • Alicia Getty

JOHN PENFOLD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is named for a 1935 graduate who was a photographer at The Washington Herald and Newsweek.

  • Keegan Hewitt

JONATHAN FREEMAN PHELPS SCHOLARSHIP in advertising honors a 1973 graduate of the School. He studied advertising and worked on The University Daily Kansan. His career with Kansas City advertising and marketing agencies included a founding role with two firms, Hickerson Phelps advertising and Phelps Marketing. The fund was created to aid a student during his or her senior year.

  • Lacey Gregory

KATHLEEN DONNELLY PLIMPTON SCHOLARSHIP was established by Kathleen and Thomas Plimpton. Kathleen attended high school in Kansas City, Kansas, and graduated from KU in 1972 with a degree in journalism.

  • Ladazhia Taylor

PONTIUS-DEVAUL SCHOLARSHIP in strategic communication was provided by James Pontius, a 1957 graduate and executive of the Fleming Companies.

  • Emily Kruse
  • Mason Rettele

DALE  L. AND ESTHER I. PUCKETT FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP honors the outstanding education received by four generations of the Puckett family. Dale Puckett was named United States Coast Guard Journalist of the Year and later formed the USCG Photo Team. A former Rainbow magazine columnist and author of three books, he now directs the newspaper advertising software operation at Brainworks in Wichita. Esther Puckett retired from the banking industry and now volunteers in Wichita. The scholarship is for a student pursuing a career in military public affairs or news and information.

  • Sophia Misle

BRIAN AND LESLIE PURDY SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to a student with academic merit from Texas with an interest in electronic/digital media who participated in high school extracurricular activities and who held a job or internship while in high school. The scholarship was established by Brian and Leslie Purdy, who graduated from the School of Journalism in 1981 and 1982.

  • Anna Roderman

ALLEN R. QUAKENBUSH SCHOLARSHIP in news honors the longtime sports journalist at The Topeka Capital-Journal. A 1976 graduate of the School, Quakenbush was a sportswriter and sports editor of The University Daily Kansan and worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and Topeka Capital-Journal. The scholarship was established by Quakenbush’s Kansan colleague, David Olson, and his wife, Bobbi.

  • Anika Kieler

DAVID REECE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP honors the founder of Reece & Company Advertising in Denver. The 1975 graduate was business manager at The University Daily Kansan, a mentor to young people interested in advertising careers, and a guest lecturer at the School.

  • Kristin Kaipust

CLYDE AND BETTY REED SCHOLARSHIP in news was provided by longtime benefactors of KU journalism students and faculty. The couple moved to Lawrence after selling The Parsons Sun. Clyde Reed taught editorial writing at the School until 1986.

  • Tristan Allen

MERV ROSE SCHOLARSHIP is named for the 1936 president of the Kansas Editors Association.

  • Daniel Steck

BARBARA ROSEWICZ AND GERALD SEIB STUDENT OPPORTUNITY FUND was established by Rosewicz and Seib, who graduated from the School of Journalism in 1978 and were editors at The University Daily Kansan. Seib is executive Washington editor and chief commentator for The Wall Street Journal, and Rosewicz is a research director with The Pew Charitable Trusts. This fund provides scholarships and support for the School.

  • Matthew Minear
  • Lucy Peterson
  • Paul Samberg

FRED J. SALINAS FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP was established by Fred Salinas, who graduated in 1979 with a degree in radio-television-film. Salinas worked for most of his career with Ford Motor Company, with a brief stint at Chrysler. He is president and general manager of a Ford dealership.

  • Kianna Dickson

STEVE SCHOENFELD SPORTS WRITING SCHOLARSHIP was established by the Pro Football Writers of America to honor its former president, a 1977 graduate of the School of Journalism. Schoenfeld covered the NFL for “CBS SportsLine” after years as a reporter for newspapers in Phoenix, Dallas, Tulsa, and his native Kansas. 

  • Dylan Funk

SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIPS are for the general support of journalism students through the generous support of donors.

  • Cyro Asseo De Choch
  • Sophia Belshe
  • Alexandria Brown
  • Sydney Clark
  • Zachary Galvin
  • Clara Ketchell
  • Kaycee Krell
  • Lane Phifer

DANIEL SCHORR SCHOLARSHIP was established by the Caplin Foundation in honor of Daniel Schorr, a longtime senior news analyst for National Public Radio. The scholarship is for news and information students with a preference for students from the urban areas of the East Coast or Chicago.

  • Stef Manchen

ANGELO C. SCOTT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP honors the editor and publisher of The Iola Register, who excelled as an editorial writer. The fund was established by his widow in 1968. Angelo’s father, Charles F. Scott, bought The Iola Register in 1882 and was publisher until Angelo took charge in 1938. Angelo was publisher until 1965 when his nephew, Emerson Lynn, ran the paper until 2000. Emerson’s daughter, Susan Lynn, has been publisher since then. Susan is a graduate and trustee of the William Allen White Foundation.

  • Soleil Rucker
  • Yizhi Xu

ELBERT AND FERN SEVERANCE SCHOLARSHIP is given by the William Allen White Foundation. Fern Severance was the personal secretary to William Allen White, and her husband was assistant editor of White's Emporia Gazette. The scholarship is awarded to a graduate student.

  • Jessi Ganoung
  • Kathy Sheldon

OLA CANFIELD SHADE SCHOLARSHIP was created by Samuel Shade, a 1931 KU graduate from Sedan, Kansas, as a memorial to his wife, who was active in the publication of weekly newspapers in Kansas.

  • Carly Johnson
  • Caroline McCone
  • Sophia Misle
  • Lucy Peterson

SUSANNE SHAW SCHOLARSHIP honors the retired KU professor and executive director of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. In her more than 30 years at the School of Journalism, Shaw served as news adviser and general manager of The University Daily Kansan, graduate director and associate dean. She also worked as associate editor of The Tallahassee Democrat and editor and publisher of The Coffeyville Journal. The scholarship is for a promising student in journalism.

  • Sarah Moore
  • Madi Toman
  • Adison Wash

BERTHA SHORE SCHOLARSHIP is a memorial to the first woman elected to the Kansas Newspaper Editors Hall of Fame and former Augusta Gazette editor.

  • Crystal Sivilayvong

MARK RICHARD SMITH SCHOLARSHIP for out-of-state students was created by this 1983 graduate from New Mexico. He owned a design firm in Dallas and attended graduate school in Chicago.

  • Keegan Hewitt

WILLIAM T. AND IDA R. SMITH SCHOLARSHIP is designated for graduate or undergraduate students of academic merit studying news and information.

  • Chris Heady

SPM COMMUNICATIONS SCHOLARSHIP is for students studying strategic communication.

  • Madi Toman

OSCAR AND ETHEL STAUFFER SCHOLARSHIPS were established by the Stauffers for deserving journalism students. The School of Journalism building name recognizes the great contributions that Oscar Stauffer and his family have made to KU and to the School.

  • Angel Elliott
  • Jessica Joseph
  • Stef Manchen
  • Madison Osberger-Low
  • Chloe Proebsting
  • Darci Simmons
  • Brittany Swearingen

LESTER SUHLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS in magazine or new media are named for the 1930 journalism graduate who was a member of the board of directors and vice president of Cowles Communications and LOOK magazine subscription director. The family is a longtime supporter of the School. His daughter, Susan Suhler, a 1963 graduate, was an engineering proposal writer in Lawrence. His son, John Suhler, a 1965 graduate, is co-founder and chairman emeritus of Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a media industry-focused private capital investment fund in New York.

  • Ryan Butler
  • Maggie Horning
  • Sarah Pace
  • Sarah Parks
  • Rylee Roberts
  • Graham Wilhauk

LATINA SULLIVAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP was created by The University Daily Kansan and the School to honor the 1997 summer editor of The Kansan. Sullivan was a McNair Scholar at KU and worked in Watson Library. The scholarship goes to a multicultural student in print journalism.

  • Ariana Moore

WENDELL SULLIVAN SCHOLARSHIP was given by his family to honor Mr. Sullivan, a founder of the Sullivan Higdon & Sink advertising and public relations firm in Wichita.

  • Emma Frieze

TANAKA-MILLER MULTICULTURAL JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIPS were created by Douglas L. Miller and Audrey Tanaka Miller of Weybridge, Surrey, England. The Multicultural Scholars Program program at KU awards scholarships and encourages mentoring of multicultural students.

  • Katherine Alvidrez
  • Angel Elliott
  • Atlas Ruiz
  • Crystal Sivilayvong

FRANCES ELIZABETH TAYLOR SCHOLARSHIP was created by Taylor, a 1903 alumna who taught journalism at Argentine High School from 1904 to 1963.

  • Chad Cushing
  • Madelynn Hartley-Cox
  • Kristen Howell

EMIL TELFEL SCHOLARSHIP honors Professor Telfel, who joined the faculty in 1946 and was the School’s lead editing teacher. In summers he worked on area newspapers. He wrote the book, “A Day on the Copy Desk,” in 1952.

  • Ryan Butler
  • Mackenzie Cooney
  • Dylan Funk
  • Nathan Swaffar
  • Yizhi Xu

FRANK AND VERA THAYER SCHOLARSHIP is named for a KU graduate and attorney who specialized in journalism law, and for his wife.

  • Mazzy Martinez

HOWARD TURTLE SCHOLARSHIP was given by Turtle, a 1934 graduate, and his wife, Thelma. In his 40-year career with The Kansas City Star, Turtle was a reporter, Sunday editor, and editor of Star magazine. He was a decorated veteran of the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

  • Kaitlin Burgess
  • Payton Enzbrenner
  • Hannah Mcphail
  • Wonbin Park
  • Halie Schick
  • Kahler Wiebe

MAJOR JOHN MICHAEL WERTZ SCHOLARSHIP was established by members of his family. Maj. Wertz was a 1965 graduate of the School who served in Vietnam.

  • Laurie Bollig
  • Michael O’Brien

WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP is awarded annually to students who excel at media information management. The student winner will have a reputation for accuracy in fact-checking and the ability to access databases, government documents and personal sources. In addition, the student will excel at using methods of dissemination of information, including use of traditional and social media.

  • Lucy Peterson

WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP was created by the Board of Trustees of the William Allen White Foundation for students who demonstrate academic excellence. The Foundation, created in 1945, supports journalism education and excellence in the profession. 

  • Wesley Cudney
  • Caroline Zimmerman

FRANCIS M. AND A. LAVERNE WINTERBERG FUND was created by the couple's children, who are KU alumni, to honor their parents. The scholarship is for a student studying advertising.

  • Faith Adcock
  • Emma Jenkins
  • Bella Koscal
  • Caleb Krakow
  • Megan Mihelich
  • Sarah Pickel

ROGER N. WOOLDRIDGE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS, provided by Mr. and Mrs. Norris Wooldridge of Hutchinson, Kansas, have helped journalism students since 1974. The scholarships honor the couple’s son, Roger, who was a student in the School.

  • Katherine Alvidrez
  • Brooke Audano
  • Anna Avery
  • Mara Baine
  • Sophia Belshe
  • Emily Binkley
  • Janada Birdling
  • Caylie Bontz
  • Flynt Brading
  • Hanna Brown
  • Kaitlin Burgess
  • Sydney Burns
  • Kaitlin Clark
  • Isabella Doyle
  • Madeline Elliott
  • Payton Enzbrenner
  • Allie Evans
  • Olivia Favreau
  • Emma Frieze
  • Chloe Fuleihan
  • Victoria Garcia Unzueta
  • Alicia Getty
  • Tatum Goetting
  • Lacey Gregory
  • Mena Haas
  • Lily Havranek
  • Ashley Hays
  • Kayla Hernandez
  • Caleb Hogan
  • Alieu Jagne
  • Elizabeth Kim
  • Trinity Krouse
  • Emily Kruse
  • Heidi March
  • Johan Marin
  • Mazzy Martinez
  • Abby McCoy
  • Daniel McMillin
  • Hannah Mcphail
  • Johnny Meehan
  • Ariana Moore
  • Gavin Nelson
  • Lauren Nelson
  • Andrew Novak
  • Hannah Nystrom
  • Grace Padon
  • Wonbin Park
  • Luke Ratzlaff
  • Emily Raye
  • Mason Rettele
  • Atlas Ruiz
  • Cassie Schmidt
  • Karlie Sheets
  • Abby Shepherd
  • Crystal Sivilayvong
  • Nathan Swaffar
  • Sarah Teeter
  • Carly Tribble
  • Caty Wellborn
  • Kahler Wiebe
  • Caroline Zimmerman

CHRISTIAN YEGEN SCHOLARSHIP was established by his family in memory of the Atchison businessman. Two of his granddaughters are graduates of the School.

  • Noah Ginsberg

LEE YOUNG SCHOLARSHIP was created by Professor Young for juniors or seniors interested in magazine journalism. A member of the faculty from 1964 to 1989, Young developed classes that became the School’s magazine journalism sequence. The gift is an expression of gratitude to students and colleagues with whom he worked for 25 years.

  • Sophia Misle

JOEL ZEFF CHICKEN PICCATA SCHOLARSHIP was established by this 1990 graduate who worked on The University Daily Kansan. He worked as a reporter and advertising writer for the Dallas Times Herald and with public relations firms before starting a consulting business, Joel Zeff Creative. He is an award-winning comedian, speaker, actor and writer. The scholarship’s name came from the meal Zeff was eating while discussing the fund with a KU Endowment staff member.

  • Tatum Goetting

Awards

MEL ADAMS AWARD honors Professor Adams, who retired in 1989 after nearly 30 years of teaching, advising and helping students find jobs. The award goes to a student leader in strategic communication.

  • Emily Doll

DREW ANDERSON INSPIRATION AWARD honors a 2011 graduate and University Daily Kansan copy chief who inspired others with his determination, humor and spirit. The award goes to an outstanding senior who demonstrates passion for journalism and inspires fellow students.

  • Genna Foster

CHRISTINA MERRILL BRADFORD AWARD honors the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who taught at the School of Journalism from 1999 to 2008. Bradford spent more than 35 years in the newspaper industry, from reporter to managing editor of The Detroit News. The award is for a multicultural student studying news media.

  • Chris Fortune
  • Ladazhia Taylor

JOHN BREMNER AWARD honors the internationally known guardian of the English language and author of “Words on Words: A Dictionary for Writers and Others Who Care About Words.” The award goes to students demonstrating excellence in copy editing.

  • Carly Johnson
  • Brianna Wessling

ANN M. BRILL AND LARRY J. SCHMITZ AWARD honors Larry Schmitz, the husband of Dean Ann Brill, who helped others through his work as a drug and alcohol counselor. The award is for a student demonstrating excellent journalism in service to the community.

  • Nicole Asbury
  • Alexa Cash

DEAN’S AWARD winner is selected from all those nominated by journalism faculty and who exemplifies the high quality of students in the School of Journalism. The recipient also will serve as the banner carrier for the School of Journalism in KU’s Commencement ceremony.

  • John Watson

WALTER EWERT AWARD honors Professor Ewert, who died in a car accident in 1950. Kansan students raised money for the education of his surviving son and the rest became the base for this award. The award goes to a student demonstrating outstanding reporting on The University Daily Kansan.

  • Abby Shepherd

GERALD FUNK AWARD honors an alumnus who worked for the McGraw-Hill Magazine Division in New York. The fund was given by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hays of Wellsville, Kansas. The award goes to students demonstrating outstanding news or magazine writing.

  • Miranda Horn
  • Lucie Krisman
  • Katie Rhodes

MARK JOHNSON FIRST AMENDMENT AWARD honors Professor Johnson, who teaches First Amendment and Media Law. The recipient is a student who excels in the study of the First Amendment and the protection of free speech.

  • Brynna Darley

JOHN KATICH AWARD honors Professor Katich, who led the broadcast sequence from 1990 to 1997, taught media sales and media management, and was instrumental in creating KUJH-TV. He was on the faculty from 1986 until his death in October 2001. The award goes to an outstanding student in broadcast journalism.

  • Tristan Allen
  • Carly Johnson

DIANE LAZZARINO AWARD honors the first director of the Bremner Editing Center and writing teacher who retired in 2006 after 37 years. Her writing classes were known for projects the benefited community agencies. She was the adviser to the KU Ad Club for 20 years. The award is for an outstanding student in strategic communication.

  • Rachel Bundstein

DANA LEIBENGOOD AWARD honors the director of student services and former associate dean who retired in 1998 after 29 years of service to the School of Journalism. The award goes to an outstanding senior in strategic communication.

  • Grace Sullivan

CALDER PICKETT AWARD honors the noted journalism historian who retired from the school in 1988. In December 2005, his award-winning radio program, “The American Past,” was broadcast for the last time, ending 32 years on Kansas Public Radio. The recipient is an outstanding graduate student.

  • Annalise Baines

DON PIERCE AWARD honors a 1940 graduate who was an all-conference football center and KU sports information director. The award goes to a student demonstrating outstanding sports writing on The University Daily Kansan.

  • Sam Lance
  • Jacob Polacheck

MARK PITTMAN AWARD honors a 1981 alumnus who wrote a series in 2007 predicting the collapse of the banking system. The award goes to students who excels in investigative journalism.

  • Lucy Peterson

ANGELO C. SCOTT MEMORIAL AWARD honors the former editor and publisher of The Iola Register, who excelled as an editorial writer. The award is for a student demonstrating outstanding work on The University Daily Kansan.

  • Stef Manchen

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION FACULTY AWARD is funded by the strategic communication faculty for an outstanding student in the track.

  • Hayden Barnes
  • Olivia Noel

UNIVERSITY DAILY KANSAN ADDIE AWARD honors excellence in advertising or marketing onThe University Daily Kansan or Kansan.com. The award goes to a Kansan advertising staff member.

  • Grace Sullivan

JESSIE-LEA MESSICK WILLIAMS AWARD honors this 1918 graduate who was active with honorary journalism society Theta Sigma Phi her entire life and in 1967 received the National Distinguished Service Award. The award goes to a student demonstrating leadership and commitment to community service.

  • Mazzy Martinez

ART WOLF LEGACY INTERNSHIP AWARD honors the founder of Centron, a Lawrence-based production studio of educational and industrial films beginning in 1947. Wolf taught a corporate video class in 1990, and he profoundly influenced this fund’s donor, Craig Campbell, a 1990 graduate of the school.

  • Emily Johnson
  • Anessa Saladino
  • Grace Sullivan

LEE YOUNG AWARD honors the founder of the School of Journalism’s magazine sequence and former acting dean who retired in 1989. The award goes to an outstanding student in magazine

  • Taylor Worden

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