Kimberly Baston, from North Huntington, Pennsylvania, received $2,500 for each scholarship. She will be recognized by the Press Club at their Golden Quill Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 12, and will be honored by the Guild at a special luncheon on Tuesday, April 19. Both events will be held in Pittsburgh.
“I am honored and beyond excited to have been chosen for both of these awards,” said Baston. “The two organizations and the causes they stand for are so reputable, especially in the Pittsburgh region, and I couldn’t ask to be affiliated with two better groups of professionals.”
The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania offers the Press Club Scholarship to students who are residents of western Pennsylvania, studying journalism or similar major and plan to pursue a career in print journalism or another journalism field.
The Sally Kalson Memorial Scholarship is presented by the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh in memory of the Guild’s late Vice President Sally Kalson. It is awarded to two students who are residents of western Pennsylvania or attend a college or university in western Pennsylvania and planning on a career in print journalism or a newspaper-related profession.
Baston was required to submit a one-page essay for each scholarship that outlined her goals in journalism, one sample of a published work, a resume and a letter of recommendation.
“The Press Club specifically told me they were extremely impressed by the work sample I submitted, which was a story published in the Yellow Jacket this semester,” said Baston. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be recognized for some of the hard work that I do in the field of journalism.”
Baston credits her professor, Waynesburg University instructor of journalism and co-advisor for the Yellow Jacket, Brandon Szuminsky, for having the opportunity and skills to earn these scholarships.
“He has been indispensable during my three years at Waynesburg,” said Baston. “Nearly everything I know about journalism, I have learned from him and the hands-on experience he provides me.”
Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.
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