The Guild has been awarding this scholarship since 1996, and to date has presented $46,000 to students preparing for careers in print journalism and related fields. We’ve been told that students use this cash award to supplement stipends for summer internships, travel, tuition, books and electronic devices.
In addition to being a cash award to be used at the discretion of the student, what makes this scholarship unique is that it is limited to students who live or attend college in the coverage area of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Valley Independent (I’m never really sure what the name of that paper is). It is our way of helping to support the readers who support local journalism, while helping future practitioners of a vital profession and true public service.
This year, we are pleased to present a scholarship to our first photo journalist — Connor Mulvaney.
Connor is a graduate of Moon Area High school, where he was recognized as a scholar athlete.
Most recently, he had a photography internship at the Post-Gazette. But it wasn’t his first internship. He also served an internship with the Pittsburgh Pirates and worked as a staff photographer for Point Park University’s marketing department.
He received a First Place Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Region 4 in 2012 for
breaking news photography, general news reporting and as a photo editor at Point Park’s The Globe when the student newspaper when it was recognized as Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper — 2012.
He expects to graduate next spring.
Nicholas Buzzelli is a graduate of Upper St. Clair High School and is sports editor at Robert Morris University Sentry Media. He is resposible for generating story ideas, writing, editing and posting articles.
He formerly worked in the Post-Gazette Sports Department in the hectic and highly vital role of high school sports clerk and is president of the Society for Collegiate Journalists at RMU.
He has been a journalism student since 10th grade and currently carries a 3.9 GPA in his major.