MISSOULA, Mont. - The Outdoor Writers Association of America awarded six scholarships for the 2012-13 school year to undergraduate and graduate students studying journalism.
Successful graduate applicants include Katelyn Jerman, University of Colorado-Denver ($3,000); Sarah Gillespie, Southern Illinois University ($3,000); and Benjamin Goldfarb, Yale University ($2,400).
Undergraduate students receiving scholarships include Emma Murray, University of South Dakota ($3,000); Savannah Hoover, Sierra Nevada College ($2,800); and Steven Maichak, Oklahoma State University ($2,500).
OWAA's Education Committee, chaired by Jason Jenkins, reviewed scholarship applications, scored them based upon pre-determined criteria and selected the winners. Headquarters staff solicited applications through letters and emails sent to deans and department chairs of journalism and English and other relevant college departments. Eleven undergraduate and six graduate applications were received. Thanks to the following people for judging this year's applications: Tim McKillop, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, Randy Zellers and Jason Jenkins.
Recipients are paid at the commencement of the fall semester, and also receive a one-year student membership in Outdoor Writers Association of America. OWAA's trustees are required by the assocation's bylaws to distribute a calculated portion of the Bodie McDowell Fund to college scholarship recipients each year. For more information about the McDowell Scholarship program, visit http://owaa.org/programs/scholarships-fellowships/bodie-mcdowell-scholarship
OWAA is The Voice of the Outdoors®. The Outdoor Writers Association of America is the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. It was organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America and includes professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. OWAA's professionals include writers, photographers, outdoors radio- and television-show hosts, book authors, videographers, lecturers and artists. The association is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. For more information, contact Robin Giner, executive director, Outdoor Writers Association of America, 615 Oak St., Ste. 201, Missoula, Mont. 59801; 406-728-7434,email@example.com