Communications Students Win Record Number of Press Club Scholarships

Jul. 10, 2015

Scholarship winners and presenters who attended the St. Louis Press Club June 23 Scholarship Luncheon at the Norman Probstein Golf Clubhouse in Forest Park from left, standing: Press Club president, Tom Eschen, Elin Nozewski of Fleishman Hillard, Mackenzie Korris of St. Louis University, Jack Suntrup of University of Missouri-Columbia, Kristina DeYoung of Truman State University, Brian Ruth of Webster University, Don Corrigan of  Webster-Kirkwood Times and West End Word Newspapers and Webster University, Rick Rockwell of Webster University, and sitting from left: Patricia Treacy from Missouri Professional Communicators (MPC), Kat Riddler of University of Missouri-St. Louis, Olivia Heibeck of Webster University.

Webster University students won an unprecedented number of awards on June 23 from the Press Club of St. Louis annual Summer Scholarship Luncheon at the Norman Probstein Clubhouse in Forest Park, including a prestigious $2,500 Neiman Marcus Media Scholarship.

Among the scholarship winners:

  • Alison Stabenow of Webster University won the $1,000 Press Club Martin Quigley Media Scholarship.
  • Erin Meyer of Webster University won the $1,000 Press Club Internship Scholarship. Meyer interned in media relations with the City of Chesterfield this summer.
  • Olivia Heibeck of Webster University won a $1,000 Press Club Internship Scholarship. Heibeck interned in media production with Live Nation this summer.
  • Christina Cody of Webster University won a $500 Press Club Internship Scholarship. Cody interned this summer with the Press Club.
  • Brian Ruth, a recent St. Louis Community College graduate who and is going to Webster University this fall, won the Press Club’s $2,500 Neiman Marcus Media Scholarship.

Don Corrigan, a Webster University professor of Journalism in the School of Communications and co-publisher of Times Newspapers and West End Word, and Rick Rockwell, associate dean of the School of Communications at Webster University, were at the luncheon to award the following scholarships for student winners:

  • Sierra Hancock of Webster University won the West End Word and Webster University $1,000 Journalism Foundation Scholarship.
  • Rachael Mencel of Webster University won The Webster-Kirkwood Times and Webster University $1,000 Journalism Foundation Scholarship.

Students at the luncheon heard from veteran television broadcaster Jennifer Blome, who was the keynote speaker. She told students that half the battle to success in the media field is persistence and “just showing up” when no one else is there to cover an important, newsworthy event.

Pictured above, from left, standing: Press Club president, Tom Eschen, Elin Nozewski of Fleishman Hillard, Mackenzie Korris of St. Louis University, Jack Suntrup of University of Missouri-Columbia, Kristina DeYoung of Truman State University, Brian Ruth of Webster University, Don Corrigan of  Webster-Kirkwood Times and West End Word Newspapers and Webster University, Rick Rockwell of Webster University, and sitting from left: Patricia Treacy from Missouri Professional Communicators (MPC), Kat Riddler of University of Missouri-St. Louis, Olivia Heibeck of Webster University.

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