The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh received this letter today from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Since 1996, the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh has awarded almost $60,000 to students preparing for careers in journalism through two scholarships, in the memory of our late vice president, columnist Sally Kalson, now valued at $2,500 each to undergraduates who plan careers in print journalism as reporters, copy editors, photographers, paginators or graphics designers.
The winners are chosen by a volunteer committee of Guild members who score entries based on academic achievement, quality of journalism in the writing samples submitted, letters of recommendation, a personal essay.
In 2016, our winners are:
Delaney Hassell of Erie is a sophomore at Robert Morris University and news editor of RMU Sentry Media.
In that capacity, she is a writer, editor and manager of the news section.
In continuing coverage, she followed the selection process of college president Christopher B. Howard and was able to get interviews with key members of the selection committees.
As a sophomore, her short, busy career has continues to prepare her for a future in evolving journalism, with exposure in all areas of the field.
She is both an anchor and producer for the television production RMU-Live, and has reported for RMU-Radio in pre- and post-game sports coverage and has provided intermission reports for hockey Three Rivers Classic at the CONSOL Center
In 2014 she received the RMU Academic Media Center’s Newcomer Award and placed second for a multimedia story submitted to the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
Delaney is a member of the Western Pennsylvania Press Club and the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh. She’s joined here today by her parents Bill and Eileen Hassell.
Today we are also happy to recognize Kimberly Baston, a junior from Waynesburg University and executive editor of the Waynesburg Yellow Jacket.
In addition to reporting and writing for each edition, she manages a staff of 23
Kimberly is a student writer for the office of University Relations at Waynesburg and has worked as a stringer for the Greene County Messenger.
She is a three-time winner of the Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Region 4, and has also been honored by the American Scholastic Press Association.
She has placed first for ongoing news coverage in competition for the Keystone Press Awards.
Kimberly is a graduate of Norwin High School and is here today with her parents Barb and Ray Baston.
The Sally Kalson
From The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh
The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh Local 38061 is offering two $2,500 scholarships in memory of our late vice president, columnist Sally Kalson, to undergraduates who plan careers in print journalism as reporters, copy editors, photographers, paginators or graphics designers.
- One-page, typed, personal statement outlining background and professional goals in journalism.
- 2 published, single byline examples of your work, including newspapers, online stories, clippings, photographs, paginaton/layout, graphics or artwork.
- For convenience in judging, online work must be provided in a printout of the web page, complete with web address and date of publication.
- Most recent college transcript
- Letter of recommendation from journalism or graphics arts professor
You must have completed at least three semesters and have at least one full semester to complete.
You must be from Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington or Westmoreland counties or attend a college or university in those counties.
Download an application from: pghguild.com
Hurry! Applications must be received by March 4, 2016
Download the scholarship application form (right-click “Save as”).
Past scholarship winners
1996 Kathleen Scanlon and Beth Trapani
1997 Alex Lewin and Connie Mabin
1998 Rebecca Riddle and Stephanie Huszar
1999 Susan Seibel
2000 Jonathan Evans and Matthew Monaghan
2001 Elizabeth Bowen and April Johnston
2002 Jasmine Gehris and Alison Kepner
2003 Leslie Hoffman and Erin Pearson
2004 Amy Difiore and Megan Duncan
2005 Lauren L. Hough and Emily E. Leone
2006 Christina Marie Praskovich and Sarah Vaccarelli
2007 Brittany McCandless and Sarah Kaufman
2008 Rebecca Mack and Margaret J. Krauss
2009 Elyssa Goodman and Rossilynne Skena
2010 Jennifer Rizzi and Estelle S. Tran
2011 Dante Fuoco and Faith Cotter
2012 Carrie Blazina and Richelle Szypulski
2013 Jessica Tully and Josh Axelrod
2014 Nicholas Buzzelli and Connor Mulvaney
2015 — Kathleen Fennell and Leah Fleischel