Among the recipients were three Webster University School of Communications students:
• Brittany Ruess of Webster Groves, a journalism major, won the $1,000 South County Times/Webster University St. Louis Journalism Foundation Scholarship.
• Carlos Restrepo of St. Louis, a journalism major, won the $1,000 Webster-Kirkwood Times/Webster University St. Louis Journalism Foundation Scholarship.
• Catherine Hendel of Affton, a media communications major, won the $1,000 Press Club Scholarship
for an Internship at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Don Corrigan, professor of journalism in the School of Communications and editor/co-publisher of the Webster-Kirkwood Times, South County Times and West End Word newspapers, made the scholarship award presentations to Ruess and Restrepo. Webster photojournalist Claudia Burris, vice president of scholarships for the Press Club, also presented several scholarships.
“Carlos Restrepo’s reputation precedes him, as he was selected as the Missouri College Media Association’s State Journalist of the Year when he was a student at Meramec Community College,” said Corrigan. “He has gone on to do great things at Webster University in journalism.”
Corrigan noted that Ruess, winner of the South County Times/Webster University St. Louis Journalism Foundation Scholarship, will be editor-in-chief of the campus weekly, The Journal, this academic year. He promised she will have a busy year.
Both Ruess and Restrepo have been active in the new Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) student journalism chapter on campus. Restrepo also has been active in the global journalism studies area and is completing an emphasis in global journalism along with his major.
St. Louis political reporter for the St. Louis Beacon, Jo Mannies, spoke on the changing journalism situation in St. Louis at the Press Club awards luncheon. She has been covering politics and government at the state and local levels for four decades. Her insights and anecdotes on the current election cycle were an encouragement for the next generation of political reporters.
Additional scholarships presented at the luncheon include: $3,000 from the Baseball Writers Association, St. Louis Chapter; $1,000 from the Missouri Professional Communicators; and the $5,000 David Lipman scholarship from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Press Club.
[Pictured above, from left: Wendy Flanagan, Fleishman-Hillard; Mary Schoelch, University of Missouri, Brittany Ruess, Webster University, Don Corrigan, Webster University professor & editor, Times newspapers; Sydney Miller, University of Missouri; Catherine Hendel, Webster University; Carlos Restropa, Webster University; Claudia Burris, photojournalist, Webster University.]