Scholarships and Awards

It’s time to apply for Department Awards. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 10 at 5pm.

To apply for Department Scholarships/Awards, complete this form. One application per person.

To apply for Excellence in Students Journalism Awards for Published/Aired Work, complete this form. Students may apply multiple times. One application per journalistic work.

In 2013, the Department of Journalism gave out more than $43,000 in scholarships and awards to more than 60 students. The awards ceremony was held in Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The ceremony featured alumna Jigsha Desai, digital director at the Naples Daily News, as the Dorothy Kirsch Lecturer. The 2013 awards and the winning students are listed below.

THE PETER J. SHELLEM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

New this year, the scholarship provides assistance for Temple Journalism students who transferred here from a community college. It honors the late Pete Shellem, a 1983 Temple graduate who was himself a transfer student from Delaware County Community College. He was an investigative reporter with the Harrisburg Patriot-News for 23 years, during which time he wrote stories that results in the release of five wrongfully convicted individuals who were all serving life sentences. 2013 Winner: Elizabeth Sim

BROADCAST JOURNALISM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

These awards recognize students who have shown professional promise for a future in broadcasting through their performance in the Journalism program. 2013 Winners: Christine Mattson, Dwayne Brown, Alexandra Bristow

CAROL SIMON AWARD

Presented to a female student leader who has made an outstanding contribution to Temple University through her extracurricular and career-related activities. The award honors Carol R. Simon, a 1935 graduate of Temple who was president of the Philadelphia chapter of Women in Communications, Inc. 2013 Winners: Tasia Morgan, Haniyyah Sharpe

CLARENCE WILLIAMS AWARD

An award for outstanding photographic achievement in honor of photographer Clarence Williams, a Temple graduate and winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize. 2013 Winners: Hua Zong, Charlotte Jacobson

DAVID L. WOMACK MEMORIAL AWARD

Presented to students who exemplify the qualities Dr. Womack instilled in his students and prized in their performance: academic achievement, writing proficiency, and professional promise as a 21st century journalist. Dr. Womack was a former JPRA chair and assistant dean of SCT. 2013 Winners: Cary Carr, Kate McCann, William Yang, Julie Gargotta

DAVID E. BRACE SCHOLARSHIP IN COMMUNITY SERVICE

This award is given by Ottaway Newspapers, Inc., the community newspaper subsidiary of Dow Jones & Co., to a full-time Temple student whose interest is reporting and editing at a local newspaper. The scholarship honors the many contributions of David E. Brace, whose career was guided by the belief that fully informed readers make better citizens. 2013 Winner: Ali Watkins

EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT JOURNALISM AWARDS

Awarded to Journalism students whose works were published, produced or aired since May 1, 2012. It recognizes the accomplishments of our many students who are already practicing journalism beyond the classroom. 2013 Winners: Cary Carr (arts & culture writing), Samantha Byles (news writing), Joey Cranney (sports writing), T.J. Creedon (opinion writing), Sofiya Ballin (profile writing), Brandon Baker (feature writing), Kate McCann (feature photo), Kate McCann (news photo), Megan McNerney (tv/video feature), Megan Park (tv/video news), Max Pulcini (tv/video sports), Max Pulcini (web site)

EDWARD FLAGG & MIRIAM CORNELIUS TRAYES PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

An award presented for photographic excellence in memory of the parents of Edward J. Trayes, who’s in his 47th year of teaching at Temple. 2013 Winners: Courtney Marabella, Patrick McPeak

HEAD OF THE CLASS

Each year the department recognizes the students who have risen to the top of their class. The recipients are the top freshman, sophomore and junior, based on grade point average and total accumulated credit hours at Temple University. 2013 Winners: Freshman: Jack C. Tomczuk and Erin J. Edinger-Turoff; Sophomore: Courtney B. Rowe; Junior: Zoe S. Dean

JACK AND FLORENCE STECK SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship goes to outstanding journalism students from Delaware County. The award was established by the Delaware County Press Club in memory of the late Jack Steck, a broadcast pioneer from Delaware County who played a major role in the development of television programming in the United States. 2013 Winner: Joanne Caruso

JESSICA SAVITCH SCHOLARSHIP

Jessica Savitch was an award-winning broadcaster who pioneered the entry of women in her field. She worked in Philadelphia on KYW-TV before rising to the post of weekend anchor on the NBC Nightly News. In 1983 she died in a car accident at age 36. Shortly thereafter, an endowment was given to Temple to fund this award. 2013 Winners: Alexandra Keller, Samantha Kordelski, Nicole Bernier

JIM GARDNER BROADCAST JOURNALISM AWARD

This award is presented to seniors in the broadcast sequence who have excelled in the academic program. The gifts are funded by WPVI-TV anchor Jim Gardner. 2013 Winners: Elizabeth Sim, Megan Park

J. DOUGLAS PERRY ALUMNI EXCEPTIONAL PROMISE AWARD

This award is given to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the highest academic and professional promise. Doug Perry was a former chair of this department and the first dean of the School of Communications and Theater. 2013 Winner: Haley Kmetz

KAY KRIEGHBAUM PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Two awards presented to students who have shown promise in photography. The award is in memory of a young professional photojournalist and daughter of former Temple professor Hillier Krieghbaum. 2013 Winners: Kate McCann, Marissa Pina, Megan Pogue, Kelsey Dubinksy

KAPPA TAU ALPHA INITIATES

Kappa Tau Alpha is the national journalism society, founded at the University of Missouri in 1910. For journalism students it is the equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa. Among this year’s inductees are juniors, seniors and graduate students who have achieved the highest level of academic excellence. 2013 Inductees: Bri Bosak, Joanne A. Caruso, Emily DiCicco, Julie M. Gargotta, Victoria Marchiony, Kathryn McBride, Jennifer Anne Nguyen, Gregory Pinto, Shannon McLaughlin Rooney, Sean M. Smith, Colin Edward Tansits, Kenneth Thapoung, Steven Thornton and Ali Watkins

LORI SCHIPPER GRADUATE AWARD

The Truth, Health and Environment Fund gives this award to two graduate students who have an interest in health or  environmental issues. The late Lori Schipper was an agribusiness journalist and a 1996 graduate of the MJ program. She and her husband Paul established this award. 2013 Winner: Zenovia Campbell, Steven Bole Yuan, Shannon McLaughlin Rooney

THE LEGACY AWARD

The Legacy Award is given to a full-time Temple student who has produced journalism work that deals with race-relations and race-related issues. The work can be news articles, editorials, broadcast stories, public affairs programs, and/or student activities advancing the ongoing, very important conversations about race and race-related issues. Professor Karen M. Turner established this annual award in 2008 to recognize and inspire this kind of activity. 2013 Winner: Taisje B. Claiborne

“PHILADELPHIA NEIGHBORHOODS” AWARD

Presented to a student who has excelled in our pioneering project for seniors, the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab. The gift is made possible by department funds. 2013 Winners: Shane Hoffman, Kathryn McBride

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE EDITING

Both of these awards are given in recognition of outstanding student effort and achievement in Journalism 5003: News Editing. They honor two men who have long associations with Temple journalism, especially the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund-sponsored Editing Residency, now in its 47th year at Temple. The program, which draws students from across the nation, has been directed since its inception by Professor Ed Trayes. The William Connolly Editing Award is given in honor of Bill Connolly, a retired senior editor of the New York Times and 1998 Kirsch Lecturer. 2013 Winner: Milady Nazir. The Jerry Schwartz Editing Award is given in honor of long-time Associated Press writer and editor Jerry Schwartz. 2013 Winner: Urszula Pruchniewska

“FOURTEENTH STREET” AWARD

This honors the overall contribution and commitment of a staff member of Fourteenth Street. 2013 Winner: Rosella Eleanor LaFevre

RICHIE ASHBURN SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was created by the Ashburn family and is co-sponsored by CoreStates Bank to honor the memory of Richie Ashburn, a Hall of Fame baseball player and longtime Phillies broadcaster. Awarded by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. 2013 Winner: Dwayne Brown

SAM SINGER REVIEWING AWARD

Given to an outstanding student for critical reviewing. Sam Singer was a 1934 graduate of Temple and a reviewer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. 2013 Winner: Kristin Gillette

THE HERMAN ELLIS AWARDS

This scholarship is awarded to a print or broadcast journalism sophomore in the department who has demonstrated excellence in journalistic writing. 2013 Winners: Lauren Hertzler, Kathryn McBride, Michelle Zei

THE PAUL GOTTLIEB AWARD

This award goes to a graduating senior who has shown leadership, scholarship, and professional promise. 2013 Winner: Kenny Thapoung

THE TED VON ZIEKURSCH SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is one of the oldest awards in the department and is presented to five outstanding journalism majors with professional capability. Ted Von Ziekursch was a former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News. 2013 Winners: Raymond Boyd, Carlos Chan, Michael Green, Sean Smith, Joseph Van Dusen

THE ARLENE MORGAN JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is awarded to students who are Philadelphia residents and who intend to enter print, Web or broadcast journalism. The award is given by Temple graduate Arlene Morgan, a reporter and editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 31 years. She’s now an associate dean at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. 2013 Winners: Imani Abdus-Saboor, Robert Stewart

THE RALPH VIGODA MEMORIAL AWARD

The Vigoda Award was established in 2004 in memory of a beloved adjunct professor and Philadelphia Inquirer reporter. It is given to an undergraduate or graduate student who is interested in a career in print journalism. 2013 Winner: Angelo Fichera

THE DEANN WHITE SCHOLARSHIP

Awarded by the DeeAnn White Foundation, this scholarship honors the memory of DeAnn White, a 1996 graduate who, along with two co-workers, was killed in the May 2000 collapse of Pier 34. 2013 Winner: Brandon Baker

INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM AWARD

This new award is presented to a student who intends to travel to further their education, thereby developing a broader understanding of the world. The award was established by Assistant Professor George W. Miller III. 2013 Winner: Nichole Baldino

THE PETER MOONSAMMY AWARD

This award is presented to a full-time Temple journalism graduate or undergraduate student who has produced, or is working on stories that focus on under-covered or marginalized communities in the greater Philadelphia area. This award is open to any student who holds a non-resident alien visa. The award was established to honor the memory and work of South African anti-Apartheid and community activist Peter Moonsammy. 2013 Winner: Wafai Dias

THE DAN WASELCHUK AWARD

This award is presented to a full-time Temple journalism student who has produced stories about immigrant communities in the greater-Philadelphia area. The award was established in memory of Daniel Waselchuk, a long-time supporter of the Hmong community in Appleton, WI. 2013 Winner: Steven Bole Yuan

THE JOHN AND PEGGY DOTSON AWARD

This award, new this year, is given to an academically talented junior or senior with financial need, preferably a graduate of a Philadelphia high school, who is pursing a career in print or online journalism. It was established by John Dotson, a Pulitzer-prize-winning newspaper publisher who graduated from Temple in 1958. 2013 Winner: Wafai Dais

THE JAY A STRASSBERG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Jay A. Strassberg Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually by the Camden County Bar Foundation to a Temple University undergraduate journalism major who demonstrates both financial need and academic achievement. The scholarship honors Jay A. Strassberg, a 1961 Communications graduate of Temple University, who served as the Executive Director of the Camden County Bar Association from 1974 to 1998. In addition to his successful career with the Camden County Bar, Mr. Strassberg also worked for Temple University in its public relations department, as an editor and news reporter for KYW Radio, and as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Association. 2013 Winners: Sean Carlin and Megan Park

FREE-SPEECH ADVOCACY AWARD

This honors a journalism student who has demonstrated civic engagement through a project or initiative that has contributed to better understanding of the First Amendment. It was established in 2013 by a former professor who taught our Journalism and the Law class for 30 years, Tom Eveslage. 2013 Winner: Ian Van Kuyk

THE A. JACQUELINE STECK AWARD

This award goes to journalism students with financial need and academic merit who are actively involved with The Temple News. The daughter of broadcast pioneer Jack Steck, Jackie Steck came to Temple as a freshman in 1940 and stayed as a professor until her retirement in 1989. 2013 Winner: Hannah Eshleman

TOP SCHOLAR PLAQUE: GRADUATING SENIOR

2013 Winner: Haley Kmetz

TOP SCHOLAR PLAQUE: MASTER OF JOURNALISM

2013 Winners: Julie Gargotta and Shannon McLaughlin Rooney