Foundation announces winners of Top Ten scholarships

Wed, June 30, 1999 by Vickie Martin

CINCINNATI – The Scripps Howard Foundation today awarded $100,000 in the inaugural round of the foundation’s new “Top Ten” scholarship program for college journalists.Ten journalism students from across the United States each will receive $10,000 scholarships this fall. The scholarships are one-time awards, covering a full academic year.“These 10 exceptional scholars carry with them the promise of a bright future for American journalism,” said Judith G. Clabes, president and CEO of the foundation. “Their academic excellence, dedication and hard work makes them deserving recipients of these scholarships. The Scripps Howard Foundation takes great pride in being able to help them advance their careers.” This year’s winners were selected from among 31 nominees, based on academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in a career in journalism. They also were required to submit a personal essay emphasizing long-term goals. A special scholarship committee of the foundation, made up of industry professionals and foundation trustees, selected the winners.The “Top Ten” scholarships will be offered annually to full-time students entering their junior or senior year. To qualify, students must be enrolled for the full academic year in any journalism discipline. The foundation invited 49 universities to participate in the nomination process this year.Here are this year’s “Top Ten” winners:--Scott Aldis-Wilson, Kansas State University. Aldis-Wilson, a senior from Manhattan, Kan., is president of the Kansas State Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and reports for the university newspaper, the Kansas State Collegian. He is interning this summer as a reporter for the Salina (Kan.) Journal.--Ryan T. Alessi, Ohio University. Alessi, a senior from Baltimore, is a reporter for The Post, the independent daily newspaper at Ohio University. He headed a new “In-Depth” reporting team at the newspaper during the past academic year and served as president of the Ohio University Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists. --John R. Ingold, University of Colorado. Ingold, a senior from Colorado Springs, Colo., has worked as a reporter, sports editor and editor-in-chief for the Colorado University Campus Press. He also has served internships at the Denver Rocky Mountain News, the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Rocky Ford (Colo.) Gazette.--Dory R. Knight, Florida A&M University. Knight, a junior from Detroit, is interning at The Boston Globe this summer. She also has interned at The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Fernandina Beach (Fla.) News-Leader, and served an apprenticeship at the Detroit News. She also has worked as a reporter and editor for the university newspaper, The Fauman.--Rachel Elizabeth LaCour, University of Missouri-Columbia. LaCour, a senior from Atlanta, is studying to become a photojournalist. She has worked as an editor and staff photographer for Stir Magazine, a creative arts publication, and worked as a scout and researcher for The New York Times Magazine. She is a staff photographer for the university newspaper, The Columbia Missourian.--Katherine Tang Newberger, Northwestern University. Newberger, a senior from Evanston, Ill., has interned in the Washington D.C. bureau of The Chicago Tribune, at The Oregonian in Portland, and in the Chicago bureau of U.S. News and World Report. She also has worked as a reporter, assistant city editor and city editor for the campus newspaper, The Daily Northwestern.--Jennifer Seelhorst, Northeastern University. Seelhorst, a senior from Clayton, N.J., is a staff writer for the Northeastern News campus newspaper. She also has worked as a reporter and photographer for The Daily Journal covering Bridgeton, N.J. She is majoring in print journalism with a minor in photography.--Leif B. Strickland, University of Southern California. Strickland, a junior from Arlington, Texas, is interning this summer at the Dallas Morning News. He previously has interned in the features department of the San Diego Union-Tribune and was a metro intern for the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram.--Nahal Halley Toosi, University of North Carolina. Toosi, a senior from McKinney, Texas, is interning this summer at The Philadelphia Inquirer. During the past academic year she was editorial page editor for the campus newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel. --Nellann Young, University of Tennessee. Young, a senior from Athens, Tenn., just completed work as a reporter for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire – Semester in Washington program. She also has interned as a reporter for The Daily Post-Athenian in Athens and is on staff at the campus newspaper, The Daily Beacon.Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy, minority recruitment/development and First Amendment causes.