Scripps Howard Foundation Awards $312,000 in scholarships

Tue, August 26, 1997 by Sue Porter

The Scripps Howard Foundation has awarded journalism scholarships totaling $312,000.  Albert J. Schottelkotte, Foundation president, said the awards are for 131 students for the 1996-97 school year.  The winner of the Foundation's Lighthouse Scholarship of $15,000 is Carla Bass.  Ms. Bass will be a junior at the University of Texas at Austin, and enters classes this fall with a 4.0 GPA.  This summer she is serving as a full-time intern at the Tyler Morning Telegraph and Tyler Courier-Times-Telegraph, where she earned the T. B. Butler News Writing Award for prolific reporting.  Bass is on the National Dean’s List and was selected as one of 20 members on the First Team of the All-USA Community and Junior College Academic Team.    Dave Berry, managing editor of the Tyler Morning Telegraph, wrote:  "In 25 years in the business, I can count on one hand the young college journalists who have so impressed me."  The Lighthouse Scholarship annually recognizes an outstanding junior-year journalism student.  The goal is to inspire and encourage talented journalism students.    "The Foundation and its trustees believe our best investment is scholarships for journalism students," said Schottelkotte.  "In this way we can help provide the industry with well trained future employees who are eager to be a part of this profession."   Recipients of this year's foundation scholarships will study at 90 campuses. The University of Missouri, with nine Scripps Howard Foundation scholarship students, has the most recipients.  Ohio University and Syracuse University, with four scholarship students each, have the second most recipients. Other schools with multiple recipients are: Northwestern University, Indiana University and the University of Arizona.  Women received 59 percent of the scholarships; minorities received 34 percent.  The Foundation annually awards scholarships to encourage full-time undergraduate students to prepare for careers in print and broadcast journalism. Recipients were chosen from 700 applicants by a panel of eight college professors.  In addition to maintaining a good scholastic average, successful applicants must demonstrate career interest through work on high school and college newspapers, magazines, radio, television, cable stations, or in private industry.  Regular individual scholarships range from $1,000 for freshman and sophomore students to $3,000 for juniors and  seniors.   Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education and scholarships, literacy, minority recruitment and development, and First Amendment causes.