Celebrating Excellence at the 2016-2017 Scholarships and Awards Ceremony

In two end-of-the-academic-year award ceremonies, the UW Department of Communication honored students with certificates worth more than $100,000 in total. These students have proven to be exceptional in the areas of journalism, research, communication, and ethics. Each award given at the Scholarship Ceremony and the Excellence Awards has a story behind it – whether created by friends of the Department to honor a prestigious professor, recognize a prized alum, or remember a fallen journalist who left behind a legacy. Read about each award and recipient below:

Jody Deering Nyquist Public Speaking Contest

Jody Deering Nyquist is Associate Dean Emerita of the UW Graduate School and an emerita member of the graduate faculty of the UW Department of Communication. Nyquist and the University of Washington Department of Speech Communication (now part of the Department of Communication) established this set of annual awards for undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in the study of communication, public speaking, and original research.

  • First Place: Yaling Vu | “Ceremonial speech praising Memorial Day”
  • First Place: Elizabeth Woolf | “Advocacy speech urging support for ROOTS Young Adult Shelter”
  • Second Place: Lindsey Bullock | “Impromptu Speech Arguing Against Quarterly Advising Meetings”
  • Finalists:
    • Matthew Lincoln | “Advocacy speech urging support for org to fight climate change”
    • Louis Tigh | “Impromptu speech arguing for mandatory 10-minute lecture breaks”
    • Li-Kai Wu | “Ceremonial speech praising Steven Spielberg”

Pioneer News Group Awards

Pioneer News Group is a family-owned, multimedia company committed to advancing and empowering the communities it serves by providing essential information and services as a trusted and indispensable public resource. In partnership with Pioneer News Group, the Department gives annual awards in the following categories:

Radio Journalism

Jeanie Lindsay discovered her love of broadcast journalism this year. During her legislative reporting internship, she worked with incredible journalists at the Northwest News Network, and now works as a production assistant for All Things Considered at KNKX Seattle. She is looking forward to continuing in radio journalism, learning as much as she can. She would like to thank her instructors and peers for their never-ending inspiration and support.

Community Journalism

Katie Anastas is a senior pursuing a major in journalism and a minor in Spanish. She is currently a features intern at The Seattle Times and was an editorial intern at Crosscut during winter quarter. This summer, she will study abroad with the UW Interdisciplinary Honors Program in Berlin, where she will learn how nonprofit organizations work with local immigrant and refugee communities. In the future, she hopes to continue writing about gender equality, labor, the LGBTQ+ community, and education.

Jack Russillo is an aspiring travel and outdoor writer in his third year at the University of Washington. He has written for The Seattle Times, Seattle Met, the Daily of the UW, and The Seattle Globalist, amongst others, while also helping student-run publications like Voyage get started. A native of Orcas Island in the San Juan’s, he studies journalism and international studies while making sure he stays in good shape with yoga, rock-climbing, hiking, soccer, and a variety of other activities.

Visual Journalism

Julia-Grace Sanders is a storyteller passionate about human rights and committed to justice. Throughout her time as a journalism and human rights student at the University of Washington, she has reported on marginalized communities and the policies that affect them. Her writing connects social and global issues to foster informed and involved citizens. She strives to demonstrate how law and policy affect everyday people through writing, photography, and the occasional video.

Global Journalism

Mohammed Kloub is finishing both his senior year and his job as Editor-In-Chief of The Daily for 2016-17, and will find a job in journalism after graduating. He has always tried to balance his love for reporting news with his passion for writing about music, which recently allowed him to start freelancing for The Stranger in Seattle. Aside from writing, his favorite things include hip-hop, Twitter, and LeBron James.

Opinion Journalism

Agatha Pacheco was born in Mexico and immigrated to Seattle in 1999. She is majoring in journalism and political science and enjoys writing poetry and reading. She previously reported on immigration for The Seattle Globalist at the height of President Trump’s executive order controversy. Currently, she is the Arts & Culture intern for Seattle Weekly.  She hopes to continue writing about immigration throughout her career and develop her passion and appreciation for long-form and investigative journalism.

Legislative Journalism

Grace Swanson graduated with honors from the University of Washington with a journalism degree. This winter, she covered the Washington State Legislature for the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. The Atlantic, in The Seattle Times, and publications across the state have featured her work. Currently, she is a storyteller for Langley Main Street Association and plans to start her own storytelling company. She has also interned for Utrip, the South Whidbey Record, and Rick Steves’ Europe.

Enterprise Journalism

Enrique Peréz de la Rosa is a journalism and creative writing student who plans to work abroad in South America for English- and Spanish-language publications worldwide, reporting on social issues like immigration and mass poverty. Earlier this year, Enrique participated in the Olympia Legislative Reporting Internship Program and the UW named him one of its Husky 100 students.

General Excellence

Starla Sampaco enjoys telling stories that amplify the voices of immigrants and underrepresented groups as a video journalist. She is currently a production intern for KING 5’s “Evening Magazine.” Prior to this, Starla worked in Olympia as the on-air host and producer of “Capitol Headlines,” a televised weekday program on TVW (Washington’s version of C-SPAN) during the legislative session. Last week, UW President Ana Mari Cauce presented Starla with the President’s Achievement Award.

News Reporting

Tim Gruver was born in South Korea, and has been a native of the Pacific Northwest for the past eight years and freelances for the Northwest Asian Weekly. His work has appeared in The Seattle Globalist, the Woodinville Weekly, and the Daily of the University of Washington. A student of history, politics, and culture, he will be writing for Politico as an intern in Washington, D.C. later this summer.

Tim Kenney is a storyteller and freelance reporter interested merging data-driven research with human stories to communicate the role science plays in our lives. With double degrees in Biology and Journalism, he plans to help bridge the gap between the scientific community and the public by making complex topics like climate change and immigration policy more accessible. He has written for The Daily, GeekWire, The Seattle Globalist, and will be working as a reporter for a newspaper in Sierra Leone this summer through the UW Foreign Intrigue program.

Deborah Kaplan Awards for Narrative Journalism

The Department created the Deborah Kaplan Awards to honor the work and legacy of Communication professor Deborah Kaplan, who died unexpectedly in 2006. Deborah was an innovative journalist and educator who had a long history of writing about social issues. In both of her careers, as a journalist and as a university professor, she used in-depth interviews, immersion reporting, and field work to document and detail the human condition. The Department gives the Deborah Kaplan Awards annually to support outstanding undergraduate work in narrative journalism.

Recipients:

In the category of A Story about People on the Margins

Heather Ellis for “Original Sin and Life in the Greyscale”

Heather Ellis is a graduating senior in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Her focus area has been human rights and issues surrounding migration and land rights. She hopes to continue exploring narrative non-fiction as a way of helping readers connect more intimately to the lives she encounters moving forward.

Linh Hoang My Bui for “A Woman, a Muslim, a Dissident”

Linh Hoang My Bui is a graduating senior double majoring in journalism and international studies.

Jacqueline Lourdes Blas Gamero for “The Courage to Live an Ordinary Life”

Jacqueline Blas Gamero is a highly competent professional in communications and has an international background in business and finances. During last quarter, she discovered that storytelling was medicine for her soul. She has since learned that writing a compelling message is the best way to inspire and motivate others. She also considers herself a very curious person and loves to travel and spend time with people from different cultures.

In the category of A Story with a Strong Writing Style

Kathleen Hawes for “Lefty”

Even though Kathleen Hawes is a terrible speller, and even worse with punctuation, she still enjoys writing stories.  She will be attending Smith College in the fall for creative writing, and currently lives in Brattleboro Vermont with her seven-year-old son Rowan.

Shannon Poehlman for “This Uniform Comes with a Mask”

Shannon Poehlman is pursuing a degree in communication and is in her final quarter at the University of Washington. When she is not frantically studying for an exam, Shannon enjoys learning about interpersonal communication, mindfulness, and forgiveness in communication.

In the category of A Story Proving There is a Story in Everybody’s Life

Troy Atkinson for “La Bruja del Barrio”

Troy Atkinson was born in Brownsville, Texas. His journey to the UW included flunking out of college on the first attempt and a six-year stint in the US NAVY. There he reconnected with his love for reading, rekindling his dream of a writing career. He hopes to merge life experience and his passion for storytelling, as a student of Journalism. Troy aims to continue writing and submitting short stories for various publications while establishing a career as a journalist.

Emma Bueren for “Clusterf–k

Emma Bueren is a senior who majored in English and microbiology, but fell in love with journalism. For the past year, she has worked as the Science Editor at The Daily. When she is not telling stories, she is gushing about the latest scientific study. This summer, she will be interning at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute as a science writer.

In the category of A Story that Demonstrates a Powerful Epiphany (or Deeper Story)

Shelby Mang for “Surrounded”

Shelby Mang is excited to graduate from the Journalism program this quarter. For her last quarter at the UW, she has been in Spain with The Seattle Globalist studying travel writing and visual communications. Her writing and reporting in Spain has focused on diversity issues, a theme that has become a passion of hers through her time in the Department of Communication.

Catherine MacLeod for “Are You Supposed to Wear Black?”

Catherine MacLeod finished her degree at UW Winter of 2017 with a communication major and diversity minor. Although she did not have much journalistic experience prior to taking Narrative Journalism, the class sparked her interest in writing, which she hopes to continue to explore in her professional career.

In the category of A Story about an Important Public Issue

Haylee Millikan for “Why I Can’t go to Suicide Prevention Walks”

Haylee Millikan is currently living in Brooklyn, NY and working towards a Masters in Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism at The New School. Her academic and professional focus is digital media that drives social change, specifically gender and women’s issues. She paints, designs websites, makes digital collages and illustrations, and is currently working on a book of essays. CNBC, Public Seminar, and The Inlander, have published her work, as well as a number of literary magazines.

Varisha Khan for “How My Muslim Trump-supporter Uncle Helped Me Seal Fate”

Varisha Khan is a graduating senior double majoring in Journalism and Political Science. Motivated by her Islamic teachings and experience growing up in a national climate that became increasingly hostile towards American Muslims, Varisha has made it her life mission to give back to society. During her time in the program, Varisha developed a journalistic beat on, has spoken publicly about, and conducted research on issues pertaining to race, immigrants, and American Muslims in the Seattle area.

Sophie Hayes for “Silenced”

Sophie Hayes is a graduating senior studying journalism and dance. She has spent the past two years developing beats in homelessness and local business communities. Her work has appeared in Seattle Weekly, South Seattle Emerald, The Seattle Globalist, and The Seattle Lesbian.

Jody Deering Nyquist Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Jody Deering Nyquist is Associate Dean Emerita of the UW Graduate School and an emerita member of the graduate faculty of the UW Department of Communication. In the Department of Communication, Nyquist taught undergraduate and graduate courses in interpersonal and instructional communication, interviewing, small group facilitation, public speaking, and media.  Nyquist has received numerous awards for her work in her discipline and in higher education from the UW and from national and international organizations.

Recipients:

Amanda Easter is a graduating senior majoring in communication with a minor in English, and is part of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program. During her time at the UW, she has enjoyed studying rhetoric and the persuasive power of language, and participated in a research and community outreach fellowship through the UW Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity. After graduation, she plans to intern with a digital strategy company in Seattle on an account that supports homeless outreach services.

Alice Lau is a junior at the University of Washington, double majoring in communication and Education. She is passionate about race relations and equity and has interests in pursuing teaching or research for policy reform.

Carlos Vargas is a graduating senior this year at the University of Washington. Carlos is double majoring in communication and American ethnic studies, and minoring in Spanish and diversity. He is very proud to say that he is a first-generation student in his family from the Yakima Valley. His academic focus at the UW has always revolved around aspects of diversity and inclusion. With his academic success, he plans to work within the realms of careers relating to social justice and community based-outreach.

Fred Baker Ethics Awards

The Department established the Fred Baker Ethics Award to enhance professional education in advertising and public relations at the University of Washington. Frederick E. Baker was a successful advertising and public relations practitioner in Seattle and beyond, influencing political and civic affairs in the state and in the nation’s capital.

Recipients:

Taylor Beardall is a communication and political science major, with a minor in human rights. Throughout college, she has performed research on sex workers’ rights in America, worked with a woman’s rights NGO in India, and is currently in NYC participating in a human rights program at the UN and Skadden Law. After graduation, she will be moving to Memphis to work as an elementary school teacher with Teach for America, and then hopes to attend law school to focus on international human rights law.

Briana Caffee is a senior majoring in communication and minoring in global health. During her collegiate career, she has had diverse experiences including: three internships at Boeing, an internship at Richmond Public Relations, and was a Student Ambassador for the UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity. She enjoys giving back, and wants to use communications and marketing for social good; she is passionate about health and equity and wants to pursue a career in health communications.

Marvin Marshall is a Seattle native and first-generation college student and proud husky. He enjoys helping others and loves networking. He is interested in topics such as race, equity and difference and soon plans to apply for graduate school. The skills he has acquired during his time at the UW will last a lifetime. The encouragement and support he received, has made him believe in himself even more.

Taejonae (Tae) McKenzie is a junior at the University of Washington, pursing a double major in communication and education (education, community and organizations). She currently serves as the ASUW Director of Diversity Efforts and serves as an intern for the Center for Communication, Difference and Equity.

Jack Russillo is an aspiring travel and outdoor writer in his third year at the University of Washington. He has written for The Seattle Times, Seattle Met, the Daily of the UW, and The Seattle Globalist, amongst others, while also helping student-run publications like Voyage get started. A native of Orcas Island in the San Juan’s, he studies journalism and international studies while making sure he stays in good shape with yoga, rock-climbing, hiking, soccer, and a variety of other activities.

Faculty Awards for Outstanding Completed Research

Alumnus Peter Clarke is a world-renowned professor and researcher in the area of health communication who has invested in our graduate and undergraduate students in all kinds of ways. Clarke and the Department created the Faculty Awards for Outstanding Completed Research to provide support for students who have completed research projects. The set of awards include four categories: an undergraduate honors thesis, an M.A. thesis, an M.C. project, and a Ph.D. dissertation.

New this year for 2017, is the Barbara Warnick Outstanding Paper in Rhetoric. This award honors the research, mentoring, and service of Barbara Warnick, whose leadership in communication studies broadly, and in rhetorical scholarship especially, produced knowledge about public argument that has inspired many colleagues and students.

Recipients:

Best PhD Dissertation

Elizabeth S. Parks | “Hope for Sustainable Hospitality: Learning to Listen Ethically through Discourses of Difference and Dialogic Philosophy”

Elizabeth Parks’ research explores themes related to language and identity, diversity and difference, philosophical ethics, and listening. She often pursues an interdisciplinary approach of discursive and ethnographic methods to explore the ways that people dialogue through text, signs, and speech. This fall, she will be teaching and researching rhetorical and historical methods, listening, and communication ethics as an assistant professor of communication at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Best MC Project

Jeana M. Ridley | “Talking About Our Bodies: Complementary and Necessary Communication Elements Used in Talk about the Physical Self in Athletes”

Jeana Ridley will graduate this spring from the Communication Leadership program with a Master of Communication in Digital Media. Her academic interests include interaction and UX design in novel digital contexts. She currently works as a designer at Facebook, where her role involves user research on conceptual frameworks and their implications for digital terminology and product naming.

Best Honors Thesis

Ashley Walls | “The NFL and the ‘NO MORE Domestic Violence’ Campaign: A Public Service Announcement Study”

Ashley Walls graduated in June of 2016 with a major in Journalism with Honors, and a minor in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. While at the UW, she worked for The Seattle Times, interned with Crosscut, KING 5 News and several public relations agencies. Immediately after graduation, she interned at Nordstrom’s corporate headquarters on the corporate affairs team. She is now a full time writer at Microsoft.

Barbara Warnick Outstanding Paper in Rhetoric

Anjuli Brekke | “Remembering Yellow Rain: The Conflict between Science and Lived Experience in the Construction of Public Memory”

Anjuli Brekke’s research on digital storytelling explores the impacts of a changing technological landscape on modes of self-representation. It deals with the political potential and limitations of digital storytelling to provide a platform for marginalized communities to have a voice.  She is particularly interested in podcasts and other forms of oral digital storytelling.

Journalism Foreign Intrigue Endowed Scholarship

Established by a UW Journalism alum, this endowment provides financial support for journalism students to work as intern reporters at a foreign news organization and to travel after the internship. The donor’s goal is to give journalism students an exposure to another culture outside of North America, and a more thorough understanding of journalism.

Recipients:

Keiko DeLuca is a journalism student and JSIS student. When she was younger, she would spend hours globetrotting on Google Maps, dreaming of one day traveling the world. Inspired by her multicultural and bilingual upbringing, she has a love for the arts and cultures of the world. Through her writing, she hopes to take part in peace journalism to shine a light on the people paving the way for a positive future. This summer, she will be going to Jakarta on her first internship abroad.

Bernard Ellouk is a post-baccalaureate student majoring in journalism. He has reported for The Seattle Times, The Jerusalem Post, InvestigateWest and Seattle Met. His investigative story on malpractices of the Israeli Postal Service appeared on the front page of The Jerusalem Post. While at The Seattle Times, his story about Washington legislators surreptitiously trying to establish a $3 million tax credit to lure the film production of Boys in the Boat to the area was featured on the front page.

Tim Kenney is a storyteller and freelance reporter interested merging data-driven research with human stories to communicate the role science plays in our lives. With double degrees in Biology & Journalism, he plans to help bridge the gap between the scientific community and the public by making complex topics like climate change and immigration policy more accessible. He has written for The Daily, GeekWire, The Seattle Globalist, and will be working as a reporter for a newspaper in Sierra Leone this summer through the UW Foreign Intrigue program.

Julia-Grace Sanders is a storyteller passionate about human rights and committed to justice. Throughout her time as a journalism and human rights student at the University of Washington, she has reported on marginalized communities and the policies that affect them. Her writing connects social and global issues to foster informed and involved citizens. She strives to demonstrate how law and policy affect everyday people through writing, photography, and the occasional video.

Kennedy Wirth is a graduating senior pursuing a double major in Journalism and English. She plans to pursue a career in writing and editing. This summer she will be working as a journalist in Bangalore, India thanks to the UW Foreign Intrigue Scholarship.

Journalism North American Scholarship

Inspired by the Journalism Foreign Intrigue Endowed Scholarship, another donor created the Journalism North American Scholarship. This endowment provides financial support for a journalism student to work as an intern reporter at a foreign location in North America. Through this experience, the student will gain a better understanding of journalism and culture.

Recipient:

Elizabeth Alvarado is a Latina in journalism who is passionate about exploring social issues within her community. As a journalism student at the University of Washington, she has had many opportunities to write about the growing Latino community in the Seattle area. Through her writing, she aspires to give a voice to those who feel they have none.

Excellence in Journalism Scholarship

Established by a UW Journalism alum, this endowment provides financial support for journalism students who have expressed an interest in a career in journalism, and in maintaining the highest standards. Then endowment encourages excellence in thought and expression, the exercise of the First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and the press, and to the advancement of the people’s right to know.

Recipients:

Lyndsey Brollini is a Haida who grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. She decided to become a journalist because she thought there were not enough Native writers; she wanted to give a voice to Native people. Her ultimate goal is to help her Native community in any way she can, inspired by the support she has received from them throughout her life.

Enrique Peréz de la Rosa is a journalism and creative writing student who plans to work abroad in South America for English- and Spanish-language publications worldwide, reporting on social issues like immigration and mass poverty. Earlier this year, Enrique participated in the Olympia Legislative Reporting Internship Program and the UW named him one of its Husky 100 students.

Marjorie Kaczor Alhadeff Endowed Scholarship in Journalism

Marjorie Kaczor Alhadeff, a 1971 graduate from the University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts with a double major in sociology and communication (Editorial Journalism), established this award in support of future responsible and ethical reporters.

Recipient:

Prab Doowa is a junior pursuing journalism, nutritional sciences, and writing at the UW. From Bangkok, Thailand, she is currently a news, wellness, and sports writer at The Daily and interns with Crosscut, focusing on investigative reporting.

Harold E. Carr Scholarship in Communication

Established by Harold E. and Joyce C. Carr, this scholarship supports upper level undergraduate students in the Department of Communication who study in the fields of journalism, public relations, global communication, and political communication. Harold Carr is retired from The Boeing Company after 20 years as a director and then a vice president of public relations and advertising. He was also in charge of Boeing’s historical archive and the company-wide weekly newspaper, Boeing News. He is the recipient of many awards, including the 2004 Jay Rockey Lifetime Achievement Award from the Puget Sound Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Recipient:

Haley Johnson is a junior communication major with a Sales Certificate from the Foster School of Business. Coming from the small town of Enumclaw, Washington, Haley never imagined herself thriving in a fast-paced city such as Seattle. As a freshman, Haley single-handedly raised over $11,500 for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, while maintaining Dean’s List standards in all of her classes. During her time at college, Haley has served on the executive board of her sorority, taught a First-Year Interest Group, held four internships, and is on-track to graduate early. Her goal is to enter the field of Public Relations after college.

John H. & Harriet Reid Memorial Scholarship

After one year of High School in Fargo, ND, John Reid decided that what he really wanted to be was a newspaperman. In his early 20’s, John moved down the tracks to Hawley, MN where he started his own newspaper. He met the love of his life, Harriet, and they married in 1902.

In 1906, the Reid family moved to Seattle. John worked for The Seattle Times then bought the Vashon Island News and the family moved to Vashon Island. In 1913, he bought a print shop in the University District and in 1917 published the first issue of the University District Herald. After his father’s death in 1960, Wally Reid decided to honor his parents by establishing the John and Harriet Reid Memorial Scholarship in 1961.

Recipients:

Tsz Ying Lam decided to move to Seattle from Hong Kong to start a new chapter of life in 2012. For the past five years, Tsz has managed to balance work and education. Tsz is now an editor of the Seattle Chinese Times and will graduate as a Journalism major in 2018.

Aremi MacDonald is an undergraduate student at the UW. She formerly lived overseas, where she gained a love for culture and diversity.  She plans to utilize her multilingualism and journalism degree to continue her passion in international reporting.

Cassie Lawrence Bryant Endowed Scholarship

Many donors fund this scholarship in honor of Ms. Bryant. She was the first treasurer of Theta Sigma Phi, which is now the Association for Women in Communications, founded on campus in 1909. Early in Cassie Bryant’s professional life, she saw the importance of strong local and national organizations committed to the development of women journalists.

Recipient:

Vriti Wadhwa is a junior majoring in Journalism and International Studies. As an international student from Indonesia, Vriti enjoys writing about diversity and social issues. Currently interning at the World Affairs Council, Vriti ultimately wants to work with a company that focuses on international engagement and global understanding.

Northwest Asian Weekly Scholarship

Assunta Ng, the President and Publisher of Northwest Asian Weekly and the Seattle Chinese Post established the Northwest Asian Weekly Scholarship. At 18, she decided she wanted to go to college in the United States.  She spent her first year in America at Portland’s Marylhurst University, and then transferred to the University of Washington. She came back to the UW for a master’s degree in speech communication, which she received in 1979.

Assunta has been honored many times for her work in the Asian community and beyond, including her 2004 inclusion in the UW Department of Communication Hall of Fame. In 2011, she received the Charles E. Odegaard Award, which honors individuals whose leadership in the community exemplifies the former UW president’s work on behalf of diversity.

Recipient:

Ching Sum Chan is an international student, who has overcome many challenges throughout her college life.  The first thing she learned is how to get along with people from difference backgrounds. Since English is not her first language, communication can be challenging.  Nevertheless, she realizes that the more she is willing to talk, the better communicator she will become. She has always wanted to be a great future journalist.

Northwest Automotive Press Association Scholarship

Established in 2003, the Northwest Automotive Press Association Scholarship supports journalism students at the UW. The Northwest Automotive Press Association is a nonprofit group of 40 northwest print, radio, television, and Internet journalists. The group sponsors an annual event called Mudfest, where all new SUVs and CUVs are tested and rated. Both domestic and import auto manufacturers support this event, and the proceeds support this scholarship fund.

Kristen Gibson is from Lake Chelan, Washington and loves the Seattle Seahawks and Real Madrid.  She combined her passion for sports and speaking to pursue a career as a sports broadcaster.  She studied abroad in Spain Spring quarter of 2017 and cannot wait to spend her last year back home in Seattle, cheering on Husky sports.

Seattle Times/Blethen Family Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1990, the scholarship began with an initial commitment from the Blethen family (who owns the Seattle Times) of $200,000, split equally between UW and WSU. The scholarship supports minority students in journalism by improving their educational opportunities.  The scholarship also serves to introduce new ideas and customs into university study programs by increasing the number of minority men and women in journalism.

Recipients:

Jack Russillo is an aspiring travel and outdoor writer in his third year at the University of Washington. He has written for The Seattle Times, Seattle Met, the Daily of the UW, and The Seattle Globalist, amongst others, while also helping student-run publications like Voyage get started. A native of Orcas Island in the San Juan’s, he studies journalism and international studies while making sure he stays in good shape with yoga, rock-climbing, hiking, soccer, and a variety of other activities.

Amy Wong is a junior, double majoring in journalism and environmental science. She is currently a reporter and photographer for The Daily, intern at The Seattle Globalist, and DJ with Rainy Dawg Radio. Amy hopes to continue with a career in journalism, focusing on stories covering race and ethnicity.

Marty Wilson Endowed Scholarship

Marty Wilson’s professional career began in 1957, with the development of a television program about education from the point of view of a parent. She produced numerous programs for KOMO-TV and served as a visiting lecturer in the School of Communications. In 1984, she was National Presswoman of the Year. Memorial gifts received from her family, friends and admirers established the scholarship in 1996.

Recipient:

Sarah Corn is a transfer junior in the journalism program and a contributing writer for The Daily. She is pursuing a focus on mental health, data, and culture reporting through radio and podcast broadcasting. After graduation, she plans to go into local reporting and work to expand community access to podcasting equipment and training.

Robert F. Philip Scholarship

Created by Robert F. Philip, this scholarship provides provide financial assistance to students of merit, with preference to those studying in the field of communication. Robert Philip has been an active participant in, and observer of, University affairs for over six decades: as a University of Washington student in the 30s, as president of the Tri-City Herald, as a member of the Medical School’s visiting committee, as district governor of the UW Alumni Association and, for 18 years, as a member of the Board of Regents. Mr. Philip established this scholarship to ensure academic and professional excellence at the University.

Recipients:

Kaitlin Arnold is originally from Auburn, Washington, but had the opportunity to live abroad in Paris, France during her high school years. She struggled to adjust to the college lifestyle at the beginning of her first year, but has since adjusted. She is currently interning at the communication department for UW Medicine. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue a MBA at Gonzaga University.

Margaret Clarke is a second year student double majoring in communication and law, societies, and justice.  She owes her incredible Husky experience to the great opportunities and people she has found as a University of Washington student: the UW Cheer and Dance Team have given her a lot of school pride; the Dream Project has allowed her to serve her local community and peers; Hawaii Club has allowed her to learn about and engage with the culture; and Choose Love UW has introduced her to kind people striving to make campus a more positive place. UW is her life. GO DAWGS!

Caleb Huffman is interested in political rhetoric and aspires to study international affairs. He has studied abroad in Rome, Amsterdam, and next week he will be in Beijing, as a fellow on the U.S.-China Initiative with Georgetown University. He is the former Public Relations Director for the Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council, a Gilman Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa member, and both an interdisciplinary and communication honors student. Caleb strongly believes that political rhetoric is a potent tool for influencing the political atmosphere of entire communities, having witnessed the power of rhetoric — for better and worse — while growing up in the seemingly separate worlds of urban South Seattle and rural Lewis County.

Niki Samandari is a current junior at the University of Washington. During her time as a student, Niki has been involved with the Student Philanthropy Education Program. As a member of this organization, Niki actively volunteers in the UW community and educates students about giving back to UW. In addition to being involved with SPEP, she is currently a HR intern at ChemPoint, a chemical distributor.

Christina Tran is a junior in the communication department at the UW and is a candidate for the Sales Program. She is a hardworking, energetic, and enthusiastic student. She is a Seattle Native with an immense amount of volunteer service hours over the span of seven years and continuing. She is an aspiring international PR specialist.

Jane Yang, born in Taiwan and raised in Shanghai, is a junior who is double majoring in communication and English, with a Spanish minor. Grateful for her time at the UW, she has been finding ways to give back to it, from being a tutor at the Odegaard Research and Writing Center to serving as the translator for the UW men’s basketball team. In addition, she currently works in the UW Alumni Relations office. Upon graduation, Jane hopes to keep giving back to the UW and to the world; she hopes to stay boundless.

Bob Doble Memorial Scholarship

Established in the 1930s by Jim and Peg Marshall to honor their son, Bob, contributions in various amounts by a large number of supporters over the years continue to fund this memorial scholarship.

Recipient:

Sarah Strathy is a junior who is originally from Bellevue, Washington. She is graduating from the UW with a degree in communication and the Sales Certification from the Foster School of Business in the spring of 2018. Sarah hopes to pursue a career in broadcast journalism, advertising, or sales.

Max and Monica Holsinger Scholarship

Max Holsinger, a 1938 graduate, was a lifelong supporter of the UW. After graduation, he sold advertising for Mining World in Eastern and Western Europe and Africa. He also had a long and successful career in the publishing industry. The Holsingers established a scholarship in 2006 to support UW journalism students.

Recipient:

Kevin Teeter is a writer and journalist. He works for The Daily producing videos on a variety of relevant topics, from the Red Square shooting to President Ana Mari Cauce. He hopes to work for a major newspaper like The New York Times or the Washington Post in the future.

Kevin Ellis Endowed Scholarship

Founded in 1985 by the parents of Mr. Ellis, the Kevin Ellis Endowed Scholarship recognizes their son’s interest in the field of international communication. Kevin graduated from the University in 1981. Rebel dissidents in Zimbabwe kidnapped him, along with five traveling companions, in 1982, while on a tour of Africa. Sources confirmed his death in 1985. The Westin Hotels and family members and friends have contributed to this fund.

Recipients:

Nichollette Bain is a first generation University student. Her greatest challenge throughout her college career was deciding what she wanted to study and what she would do upon graduation. After five years in community college and changing her major three times, Nichollette found her way to communication. Her greatest scholastic accomplishment was entering the University of Washington. This last year has been the most mentally and academically challenging time of her life thus far, but she believes no one has come to anything great by taking the easy road.

Siritorn Thongroong is currently a junior at the University of Washington, pursuing a degree in communication. Siritorn is an international student from Bangkok, Thailand. Interested in the media since she was young, she hopes to work in the industry after she graduates. She hopes to change and improve the media for everyone.

Jane and Reid Roller Scholarship in Communication

Reid Roller was a professor in communication at UW in the 1980s. He came here after a long and successful career at J. Walter Thompson — at that time, the world’s largest advertising agency. His wife, Jane, established the scholarship in his memory.

Recipient:

Jessica Ong is a sophomore from Bellevue Washington, originally from Vancouver Canada. She is pursuing a degree in communication and a minor in Chinese. She hopes to use communication to build bridges between East Asian countries and America. She has aspirations of working in marketing, advertising, Human Resources, and as a recruiter. She is currently involved in AIESEC and is the secretary of the Taiwanese Student Association at the UW. She works with these organizations to create cross-cultural exchanges through sending international volunteers to companies in Seattle, as well as spreading awareness of Taiwanese culture to the greater Seattle area.

Dan Warner / Bob Wiley Memorial Scholarship

The Puget Sound Advertising Federation made initial contributions to this fund in 1978 to honor Robert Wiley, a 1953 graduate of the former School of Communications, who received national recognition for his expertise in radio advertising. The Puget Sound Advertising Foundation likewise honored Dan Warner for his significant contributions to the field.

Recipients:

Clarisse Furtado is a junior studying communication and psychology. She is a Mary Gates Scholar, and part of the Global Changemaker network. She is passionate about community engagement and encouraging student leadership.

Bryan Nakata is a second year student who enjoys sharing stories through photography and videography. He works for multiple local media outlets and hopes to continue his path to a career in media.

Ruddick C. & Cherry Lawrence Endowed Scholarship

The Ruddick C. and Cherry Lawrence Endowed Scholarship was founded in 1996 to enhance and strengthen the Department of Communication. Ruddick Lawrence began his professional life as the Director of Publicity for the Detroit Institute of the Arts, and then went on to serve as manager at American Boy magazine and Fortune magazine. He was Vice President of the New York Stock Exchange from 1953 to 1968 and founded his own consulting firm, Lawrence Associates, in 1977. Throughout his career, he was committed to community service and education. In addition to this generous support for undergraduate students, Lawrence established the Ruddick C. Lawrence Endowed Professorship in Communications, currently filled by Professor Lance Bennett, who founded and is the Director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement.

Recipients:

Lindsey Crocker is a junior double majoring in communication and drama. She is currently the Executive Director of the Undergraduate Theater Society and hopes to continue to combine her passion for communications and drama in the field of arts administration. Lindsey loves to travel and will be studying abroad in London next fall.

Jillian Kaufman is a junior at the UW. Her passions include golf, hiking, and exploring Seattle with her friends.

Robert L. Patterson Scholarship

Robert Patterson was professor emeritus at Castleton University in Vermont. In 1991, after the death of his wife, Marilyn Mathis Patterson, UW Class of 1948, he arranged for an endowment for her alma mater.  Marilyn was an avid journalism alumna.  She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Delta Pi, and recipient of the UW Faculty Medal.

Recipient:

Daisha Campbell is a sophomore from Lake Tapps, Washington. She is pursuing a Communication degree as well as a Professional Sales Certificate. She has always had a passion for the medical field and hopes to become a Medical Sales Representative.

John Impola Endowment for Journalism Education

Marion Impola established the John Impola Endowment for Journalism education in memory of her husband. John Impola was born in Cathlamet, WA. He was the first member of his family to earn a college degree, graduating from the UW with a 1928 B.A. in Journalism. His entire career was devoted to the practice of journalism in the Northwest. The Daily Journal of Commerce employed him for 25 years, where he served as its managing editor for many years before retiring.

Recipient:

Suchunya Kiatipoj is a junior majoring in communication and minoring in nutritional science. She has a strong passion for new technologies and global media, studying how to connect diverse populations through powerful messages that can positively affect lives. Her goal after college is not only just to work in advertising, but also to connect the subject matter with nutrition. She has worked for two communication companies and two food service businesses. She has also started her own community-based service-teaching program for children in her home nation, Thailand.

David Horsey Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students in the UW Department of Communication. David Horsey graduated from the University of Washington in 1975 with a degree in communication and many memorable experiences in journalism as editorial cartoonist for – and later editor of – The Daily. He has been the nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist and columnist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer since 1979, and he has received many awards for his work, including two Pulitzer Prizes.

Nole Ann Ulery-Horsey also graduated from the University of Washington in 1975, with a degree in occupational therapy. She is currently a continuing education specialist for the UW School of Nursing. Their daughter Darielle is a 2006 graduate of the University. Their son Daniel spent his first year at the University of Washington, and then chose an alternative path for his higher education.

Recipients:

Ashley Brooke is currently a junior in the Department of Communication and is going to pursue a sales certificate through the Foster School of Business. Her ultimate goal after college is to work in the public relations or marketing field. When she is not working or going to school, she loves to travel, hike, listen to music, and spend time with her family and friends. She is looking forward to being the first person in her family to graduate next spring.

Catherine McCool is a junior from Kirkland, WA, double majoring in communication and musical theatre. On campus, she is active member of the PRSSA club, and will serve as Vice President of Communications next year. Off campus, she volunteers for Sweet Alchemy Ice Cream as Marketing and Social Media Coordinator. This summer she will be working for UW Marketing and Communications as the Social Media Content and Strategy Intern, and for Fat Cork Champagne as the Marketing and Communications Intern.

Richard Wiegand Earl Memorial Scholarship

Deborah Wiegand created this endowment in memory of her husband, Richard Earl Wiegand, who worked for The Boeing Company and retired shortly before his passing in April 2006. Deborah Wiegand, who has demonstrated her dedication to students and to public service during more than twenty years at the University of Washington, created this endowment to support journalism students with their education.

Recipient:

Anran Lin was raised in Greece, while receiving an American education as a Chinese student. Her passion for broadcast journalism was realized when she noticed her talent in language and her curiosity in addressing “thousands of whys”. She is also a travel enthusiast who runs her own travel blog. After graduating from the UW, she hopes to spend a few months traveling Europe and Australia and land a job as a travel show host.

Don Pember Journalism Endowed Scholarship

Communication alumnae Maggie Walker and Micki Flowers established the fund in honor of Professor Don Pember. Many other donors, both alumni of the Department and former students and colleagues of Pember, also contributed to the establishment of the scholarship. Don Pember joined the University of Washington faculty in 1969 and served as a mentor to many undergraduate and graduate students. He received the UW’s prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award in 1973 and two years later, the Carnegie Foundation recognized him for excellence in teaching. He retired in 2002. He is the author of two immensely influential textbooks, Mass Media and America and Mass Media Law.

Recipient:

Alec Dietz is a first-year student at the University of Washington with sophomore class standing. Alec entered the Journalism program during winter quarter 2017, and made the Dean’s list for both autumn quarter, and winter quarter this academic year. He also writes for The Daily of the UW, and works as a beat reporter for track and field, and men’s and women’s crew.

Flip Wilson Scholarship

The Flip Wilson Scholarship is an annual gift from the estate of the late comedian. The gift supports one undergraduate for a full year of college, including tuition, books, room and board and transportation. Flip Wilson was a pioneer in the entertainment industry, paving the way for many successful comedians. His Emmy award-winning show broke through racial and economic barriers in the 1970s, and he was a strong supporter of education.

Recipient:

Marvin Marshall is a Seattle native and first-generation college student and proud husky. He enjoys helping others and loves networking. He is interested in topics such as race, equity and difference and soon plans to apply for graduate school. The skills he has acquired during his time at the UW will last a lifetime. The encouragement and support he received, has made him believe in himself even more.