Journalism Scholarships and Awards 2016

It’s time to apply for Department Awards. The deadline for applications is Friday, February 12, 2016 at 5:00PM.

Complete this form to apply for Department Scholarships and Awards. One application per person.

In 2015, the Department of Journalism gave out nearly $60,000 in scholarships and awards to more than 70 students. The awards ceremony was held in Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The ceremony featured alumna Kristen Graham, a Pulitzer-winning Inquirer reporter, as the Dorothy Kirsch Lecturer. The 2015 awards are listed below.

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.

ARLENE MORGAN JOURNALISM AWARDS

These awards are given to students who are Philadelphia residents and who intend to enter print, Web or broadcast journalism. The award is funded by Temple alumna Arlene Morgan, a reporter and editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 31 years and former associate dean at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

BROADCAST JOURNALISM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

These awards recognize students who have shown professional promise in broadcasting through their performance in the program.

CAROL R. SIMON AWARD

Presented to a 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.

CLARENCE WILLIAMS AWARD

Awarded for outstanding photographic achievement in honor of former Los Angeles Times photographer Clarence Williams, a Temple graduate and winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1988.

DAVID E. BRACE SCHOLARSHIP IN COMMUNITY JOURNALISM

This scholarship 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.

DAVID L. WOMACK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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 SMC.

DEANN WHITE SCHOLARSHIP

Awarded by the DeAnn 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.

E. STEVEN COLLINS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is given in memory of longtime radio legend and civic leader, E. Steven Collins, who was inducted into the School of Media and Communication Hall of Fame in 2013. In addition to his extensive work in the Philadelphia community, E hosted an influential weekly radio show, Philly Speaks, and served as Director of Urban Marketing and External Relations at Radio One.

EDWARD FLAGG & MIRIAM CORNELIUS TRAYES PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

Presented for photographic excellence in memory of the parents of Professor Edward J. Trayes, who is in his 48th year of teaching at Temple.

“FOURTEENTH STREET” AWARD

This award honors the overall contribution and commitment to the department’s student magazine, produced by its seniors since 1984.

 FREE-SPEECH ADVOCACY AWARD

This honors a junior, senior, or graduate student whose project or initiative has contributed to a better understanding of the First Amendment. It was established in 2013 by a former professor who taught Journalism and the Law, Tom Eveslage.

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 averages and total accumulated credits at Temple University.

HERMAN ELLIS AWARD

This award is given to a print or broadcast journalism student in the department who has demonstrated excellence in journalistic writing.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM AWARD

This award is presented to a student who intends to travel to further his or her education, thereby developing a broader understanding of the world.

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.

JACK AND FLORENCE STECK SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship goes to an outstanding journalism student from Delaware County. The scholarship 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.

JAY A. STRASSBERG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship honors the late Jay Strassberg, a 1961 Temple graduate who served as executive director of the Camden County Bar Association from 1974 to 1998. Strassberg also worked for Temple in its RR department, and as an editor and news reporter for KYW NewsRadio.

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.

JIM GARDNER BROADCAST JOURNALISM AWARD

This award is presented to a senior in the broadcast sequence who has excelled in the academic program and intends to go on to graduate work. This award was funded by WPVI-TV anchor Jim Gardner.

JOHN AND PEGGY DOTSON AWARD

This award is given to an academically talented junior or senior with financial need, preferably a graduate of a Philadelphia high school, who is pursuing 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.

 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.

KAY KRIEGHBAUM PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

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 Prof. Hillier Krieghbaum.

LEGACY AWARD

Given to a full-time Temple student who has produced a body of work that deals with race relations and race-related issues. The work can be news articles, broadcast stories, public affairs programs, and/or student activities advancing the ongoing, very important conversations about race-related issues. Professor Karen M. Turner established this award in 2008 to recognize and inspire this kind of activity.

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE EDITING

Both of these awards are given in recognition of outstanding student effort and achievement in our graduate course Journalism 5003: Editing the News 1. They honor two men who have long associations with Temple, especially the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund-sponsored Editing Residency.

William Connolly Editing Award is given in honor of Bill Connolly, a retired senior editor of the New York Times and a 1998 Kirsch Lecturer.

Jerry Schwartz Editing Award is given in honor of long-tie Associated Press writer and editor Jerry Schwartz.

PAUL GOTTLIEB AWARD

This award goes to a graduating senior who has shown leadership, scholarship, and professional promise. 

PETER J. SHELLEM MEMORIAL JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP

This 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 resulted in the release of five wrongfully convicted individuals who were all serving life sentences.

“PHILADELPHIA NEIGHBORHOODS” AWARD

Presented to students who have excelled in our award-winning capstone class for seniors.

RALPH VIGODA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Vigoda Scholarship 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 and is dedicated to the craft of reporting.

RICHIE ASHBURN AWARD

This award was created by the Ashburn family to honor the memory of Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame baseball player and longtime Phillies broadcaster. It’s awarded by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association at their dinner every February.

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.

TED VON ZIEKURSCH SCHOLARSHIP

This is one of the oldest scholarships in the department and is presented to an outstanding journalism major with professional capability. Ted Von Ziekursch was a former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News.

TRUTH, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT SCHOLARSHIP

The Truth, Health and Environment Fund provides scholarships to 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 scholarship.