Foundation names Top 10 scholarship winners

Thu, August 17, 2000 by Vickie Martin

CINCINNATI – The Scripps Howard Foundation today awarded $100,000 in scholarships to 10 college journalism students from across the U.S. who were nominated to participate in the foundation’s Top Ten Scholarship program.Each of the students will receive $10,000 scholarships this fall. The scholarships are one-time awards, covering a full academic year. “The foundation’s Top Ten Scholarship program was created to identify and reward the brightest college journalism students in the country and the 10 outstanding scholars selected this year certainly fit that bill,” said Judith G. Clabes, president and CEO of the foundation. This year’s winners were selected from among 44 nominees, based on academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in a career in journalism. They also were required to submit a personal essay emphasizing their 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 are 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. Students are nominated by the colleges and universities they attend. Here are this year’s “Top Ten” winners:--Shashank Bengali, University of Southern California. Bengali, a senior from Cerritos, Calif., is a contributing writer for Indiainfo.com and USC’s Annenberg TV News. He worked as a reporting intern at the San Jose Mercury News during the summer of 1999.--Iliana Rene Limon, University of New Mexico. Limon, a junior from El Paso, Texas, has worked as a reporter, photographer and editor for the university’s student newspaper, the New Mexico Daily Lobo. She also is president of the Journalism Students Association.--DeMarco DeJuan Morgan, Jackson State University. Morgan, a junior from Tulsa, Okla., is a reporter and news anchor for Jackson State’s campus television station, W23BC. He also is an associate producer for WJTV, News Channel 12, the CBS affiliate in Jackson, Miss.--Jason Begay, University of Montana. Begay, a junior from Gallup, N.M., is a reporter for the University of Montana’s student newspaper, The Montana Kaimin. He interned as a general assignment reporter for three months in 1999 at The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune, and this summer is working as an intern at The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle.--Alissa R. Swango, University of Iowa. Swango, a senior from Bloomington, Ill., served as news director of KRUI radio, the university’s student-operated radio station during the spring semester. She also has worked as a reporter and news anchor for the station. She is president of the University of Iowa chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.--Stacey Pamela Patton, New York University. Patton, a senior from New York City, is interning this summer as a reporter for The Washington Post. This is her second internship at the newspaper. In 1999 she received the William Randolph Hearst Award for feature writing and the New York Association of Black Journalists Award for Excellence in Student Journalism.--Lacy J. Papai, Ohio University. Papai, a senior from Carrollton, Ohio, worked this spring for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, part of the foundation’s Semester in Washington program. She also has worked as a writer for the university’s student newspaper, The Post.--Daniel P. Keegan, Northeastern University. Keegan, a junior from Chelmsford, Mass., is a reporter for the university’s student newspaper, The Northeastern News. He also is a reporter for the Federal Computer Weekly and worked as a student co-op reporter for The Eagle-Tribune in Lawrence, Mass., in 1999.--Justin Juozapavicius, Oklahoma State University. Juozapavicius, a senior from Stillwater, Okla., will serve as editor in chief this fall of the university’s student newspaper, The Daily O’Collegian. He will complete an internship this summer at the Tulsa World. --Chris Frates, University of Maryland. Frates, a junior from Sewell, N.J., is working as a reporting intern this summer for The Tampa Tribune. During the spring semester, he worked as a state house reporter for the Capital News Service, a wire service operated by the University of Maryland. 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.