Celebrating Excellence at the 2017-2018 Scholarships and Awards Ceremony

In two end-of-the-academic-year award ceremonies, the UW Department of Communication honored students with scholarships and excellence awards worth nearly $160,000 in total. These students have proven to be exceptional in the areas of journalism, research, communication, and ethics.

Department of Communication students have the opportunity to receive awards because of generous gifts from our alumni and friends. 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:

Deborah Kaplan Awards for Narrative Journalism

The Deborah Kaplan Awards for Narrative Journalism were created to honor the work and legacy of Communication professor Deborah Kaplan, who passed unexpectedly in 2006. Kaplan was an innovative journalist and educator who had a long history of writing about social issues. The Deborah Kaplan Awards are given annually to support outstanding undergraduate work in narrative journalism.


A Story with a Strong Writing Style || Joy Geerkens || “The Trolley Problem” || Joy is a junior studying Anthropology and Journalism, with a minor in English. She writes for the UW Daily, as well as freelancing for numerous other publications. Having grown up in a handful of different countries and cultures, Joy has a strong desire to learn about the world and those within it, and to document their experiences for future generations.

A Story with a Strong Personality Profile || Gabriela Capestany || “The Darkroom” || Gabriela Capestany is a junior at the University of Washington pursuing a triple major in communication, cinema & media studies, and Danish. She has worked at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, KCTS 9, and most recently, The City of Seattle’s Seattle Channel. She is a copy editor for UW’s “Voyage” travel magazine. Gabriela has a passion for Scandinavian film and is involved with Seattle’s Danish community. Photo Credit: Julian O’Leary

A Story about People on the Margins || Alysha Fund Koehler || “Everything is Fine”

A Story about People on the Margins || Yemas Ly || “Our Odd Fetish for Pain” || Yemas Ly is studying Journalism and Atmospheric Sciences: Meteorology, so, “WEATHER”. She stumbled into journalism through the UW Daily and has interned at the Seattle Globalist and Real Change News since. She is also an editor for Xin Chao Magazine, a Vietnamese lifestyle magazine. After graduating next year, she wants to be a print reporter for a few years before becoming a broadcast reporter and meteorologist, sharing the daily news and forecasts every morning and evening.

A Story that Demonstrates a Powerful Epiphany || Diodato Boucsieguez|| “Jimi and Me”

A Story about an Important Public Issue || Janae Janik || “Between Suicide and Self-Compassion” || Janae Janik is a senior, majoring in Journalism and minoring in Business Entrepreneurship. She is passionate about narrative storytelling, and loves the opportunity to dig beyond stereotypes and labels to see people for who they really are.  Currently, she is an intern at KNKX Public Radio, where she helps as a production assistant on their weekly show, Sound Effect.

A Story about an Important Public Issue || Jane Hsin-Yu Yang || “On Chihuahuas, Pain, and Healing” || Born in Taiwan and raised in Shanghai, Jane is finishing her senior year, double majoring in English and Communication. Growing up, she has always enjoyed writing, specifically short stories. At the UW, she has developed an interest in writing creative nonfiction and memoirs. Upon graduation, she wants to pursue a career in editing, PR, or teaching. Jane also hopes to continue writing in her own time, and strives to be vulnerable in her writing to help those who have been through hardships.

Pioneer News Group Awards

Pioneer News Group is a 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 and as a result of their generous support of Journalism studies at the UW, the Department faculty gives annual awards in multiple journalism categories.


Diversity Journalism || Brollini || From Anchorage, Alaska, Lyndsey is Haida, an Alaska Native tribe from Southeast Alaska. Her journalism work focuses on diverse communities, especially the Native community.

Community Journalism || Sarah Corn || Sarah Corn’s reporting explores national health and education issues through their impacts on local communities. Her senior year efforts earned publication in the Seattle Globalist, the Bellevue Reporter, the South Seattle Emerald, and the Daily. She was honored to be named an SPJ Region 10 Mark of Excellence finalist earlier this spring for an investigative column on generic medications. After graduation, Sarah hopes to continue reporting in the Seattle-area communities she calls home.

Radio Journalism || Aliah Elaoud || When Aliah was a kid, she used to walk around with a Talkboy tape recorder (like the one from the movie, Home Alone) and record her own radio shows, complete with samplings of 90s power ballads. She is still interested in radio, and finished an internship at a public radio station in March. While she hopes to find a job in radio someday, she is currently focused on improving her storytelling skills through writing.

Visual Journalism || Vriti Wadhwa || Vriti Wadhwa is a senior at the University of Washington, double majoring in international studies, with a focus on international communication and journalism. She is interested in the overlap between media, technology, and societies from an international perspective. She is currently enrolled in a language program at UW Madison this summer, and then hopes to work in the nonprofit communication and media fields in the future.

Visual Journalism || Amy Wong || Amy is a senior, double majoring in journalism and environmental science. She is currently a copy-editing intern at The Seattle Times, and has previously worked with The Seattle Globalist, Real Change News, and The Daily. In the future, she hopes to elevate stories about the Asian American community and facilitate more conversations about diversity in the newsroom.

Legislative Journalism || Josh Kelety || Raised in Port Townsend Washington, Josh developed his passion for journalism while writing for student-run media at Seattle Central College. He went on to cover city news and politics through internships and freelancing, and eventually reported on the state legislature while completing his degrees in political science and journalism at the University of Washington. Currently, Josh works as a reporter for Sound Publishing.

Legislative Journalism || Alex Visser || Alex came to the University of Washington with an interest in social and political reporting. He started by joining the Society of Professional Journalists’ UW student chapter, and soon after, began writing for The Daily. In the winter, Alex served in the department’s Olympia Legislative Reporting internship program, where he worked for the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. This summer, he will report for Citizen Matters in Bangalore, India, in the department’s Foreign Intrigue program.

Writing with Voice || Dagmawit Kemal || Dagmawit Kemal is a junior at the University of Washington pursuing a Journalism degree with a minor in Diversity. She found her love of storytelling at a young age when she would write fictional stories for fun. Currently, Dagmawit is a freelance journalist with pieces published in The Seattle Globalist, Capitol Hill Seattle, and the Daily. She is passionate about video production and human rights issues and hopes to merge these two in her career.

Local-Global Journalism || Yemas Ly

Video Journalism || Taylor McAvoy || Taylor is a senior in the Journalism program and is minoring in Law, Societies, and Justice. She entered the Journalism program with a passion for exploring the world and a dedication to learning about new issues. Her experience ranges from reporting on the Washington State legislature, to producing photography and videography. Journalists are both educators and facilitators of conversation and change. She hopes to fulfil those roles as a visual storyteller.

News Reporting || Agatha Pacheco-Flores || Agatha has been reporting since the age of 17, but she was a writer long before then. As a journalist, she has consistently seen herself improve and is proud to say that she has written for some of the city’s “household-name publications,” such as the Seattle Weekly and The Seattle Times. She enjoys writing long-form pieces and news features that shine the light on marginalized communities.

Data Journalism || Max Wasserman || Max is a junior studying journalism, who hopes to pursue work in the field after graduation. Since joining the program last spring, he’s gone on to write for The Daily and to cover the state Legislature for the Tacoma News Tribune. He currently interns with KNKX radio, where he helps with daily news production. Max hopes to one day work in radio, but would be happy reporting anywhere that values good storytelling. Aside from journalism, he enjoys hiking, biking and cooking.

General Excellence || Enrique Pérez de la Rosa || Enrique Pérez de la Rosa is a journalism student determined to pursue a career in public media. He is currently an intern at KCTS9 and has worked for public radio outlets, KNKX and the Northwest News Network. He reported on the legislature for the Network and for the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association in 2017 and 2018. This summer, he will intern with CIMAC Noticias in Mexico City, an online news outlet that focuses on women’s rights issues in Latin America.

Enterprise Journalism || Brittany Were || Brittany Werre is a junior at the UW, majoring in Journalism and minoring in Political Science. Brittany is also a student-athlete, playing for the UW softball team. Brittany’s passion for sports has led her to pursue a career in college athletics, specifically in sports marketing and management. She plans to attend graduate school and will pursue a Master’s in sports administration.

Jody Deering Nyquist Award 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. Having received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the UW, Nyquist has been a faculty member since 1969. In 2005, Nyquist was inducted into the inaugural class of the Department of Communication’s Alumni Hall of Fame, and in 2014 was selected the Department’s Distinguished Alumna. Nyquist and the University of Washington Department of Speech Communication, established this annual award for undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in the study of communication and original research.


Maren Anderson || “The President Stole Your Land: Patagonia’s Infamous Indictment of Donald J. Trump” || Maren is a second-year student studying Environmental Science and Communication and is in the Interdisciplinary Honors program. During her time at the UW, she has discovered an immense fascination for the power of language through her work with TEDxUofW and the College of the Environment. In her career, she hopes to wield science communication as a tool to inform, empower, and inspire people to understand how science impacts their lives and to create equitable access to science.


Fred Baker Ethics Awards

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.  The Fred Baker Ethics Award was established in recognition of his accomplishment and quality of caring, and is awarded to students who embody this long-time Seattle advertising executive’s commitment to ethical practice, leadership, and civic engagement.


Joel Allen

Kolawole Akinlosotu || Wole was born and raised in Federal Way Washington. His parents are Nigerian immigrants and entrepreneurs. Observing his parent’s work ethic and determination, inspired Wole to work hard in school and take advantage of the opportunities afforded him. During his time at the UW, Wole has become the president of the Hip Hop Student Association, a content developer at Human Condition Magazine, secretary for the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and the Program Director for the Africa Now Conference.

Agatha Pacheco-Flores

Davon White

Lien Pham || Lien Pham is originally from Vietnam. She grew up in Sai Gon where the most valuable thing in her house was her dad’s scooter; a scooter that was a symbol of hope and dreams of better things to come for a young man who never went to school.  She is the first person in her entire extended family to attend college. She majors in Communication and is also minoring in Global Health. She hopes one day to open her own nonprofit organization to support the education and career aspirations of disadvantaged children around the world. She is also currently working for a nonprofit, which is focused on human trafficking and homelessness, public safety, and sanitation. Moreover, she is also a global fellow leader with the former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton.

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 of Communication created the Faculty Awards for Outstanding Completed Research to provide support and honor 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.

Added in 2017, The Outstanding Paper in Rhetoric 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. New this year for 2018, we have also added the Janice L. Ames & William E. Ames Diversity Research Award. This award goes to an outstanding completed research paper by a graduate student with a focus on communication and difference.


Best PhD Dissertation || Carolyn Nielsen || “Moment or Movement? U.S. News Coverage of Racial Issues in a Digital Era” || Carolyn is a first-generation college student who earned a bachelor’s degree at Cal Poly and a master’s degree at Northwestern then worked as a journalist before becoming a journalism professor at Western Washington University. Her passion for research led her to pursue a PhD, commuting to the UW as a part-time student while teaching full-time at WWU and raising two kids by herself. She is grateful to have learned from brilliant professors; in particular, Dr. Domke, whose influence will continue to guide her work.

Best MA Thesis || Devon Geary || “Whiteness in America: White Liberals, Communication, and Race in the Era of Donald Trump”

Best MC Project ||  Yolanda Barton || “Virtual Tour of Central District Music History” || Born and raised in Seattle Washington, Yolanda graduated from a charter high school program on the UW campus known as the Ida B Wells School for Justice. She then received her BA in Law Societies and Justice at the UW. Her work in Digital Media has taught her that technology is an amazing tool that can enhance human experience and bring together communities globally. She believes that communities are powerful entities and that technology can aid and promote positive social change.

Best Honors Thesis || David Alvarez || “Engaging Transfer Voices: An Analysis of Communication and Information Exchange between Transfer Students and University Programs” || David is interested in pursuing a career in higher education administration and hopes that this thesis will serve as a launching point for this profession. He has already accepted a NASPA (National Undergraduate Fellowship Program) Internship at the University of Missouri, starting this summer, and is looking forward to being the Unite UW Early Fall Start Program Leader. He appreciates all the departmental honors students, the CCDE, Dr. Carmen Gonzalez, and all the mentors and experiences he has had throughout his UW career.

Barbara Warnick for Outstanding Paper in Rhetoric || Carolina Nieto-Ruiz || “Material Rhetoric of Public Art: Promenade at a Train Station” |Carolina is an international student from Mexico and a PhD student in the Department of Communication. With an academic background in Art History and Philosophy, she has worked as an art critic, curator and educator in Mexico. Currently, within the field of Rhetoric, she is interested in understanding how public art can shape the public’s relationship with urban environments.



Janice L. Ames & William E. Ames Diversity Research Award

The Department awards the Janice L. Ames & William E. Ames Communication and Difference Research Award to an outstanding completed research paper by a UW graduate student with a focus on communication and difference, in which they are either sole author or first author in collaboration with other students, whether at the UW or elsewhere (please note publication of the paper is NOT required to be eligible).


Jennifer McClearen || “’We Are All Fighters’: The Transmedia Marketing of Difference in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)”

Meshell Sturgis || “The AmBIGuous Penny Rolle in Bitch Planet”

Bob Doble Memorial Scholarship

The Bob Doble Memorial Scholarship was established in the 1930s by Jim and Peg Marshall to honor her son, Bob, who was a community leader in Ellensburg, WA. The Bob Doble Memorial Scholarship has been funded over the years by contributions in various amounts by a large number of supporters.


Hailey Robinson || Hailey Robinson is the Managing Editor of The Daily of the University of Washington. As a sports beat writer for the paper, she has a goal of working in sports media after graduation.

Samantha Bushman || Samantha Bushman is a current sophomore studying journalism. She is a science and news writer for The Daily, and believes that student newspapers are a vital part of college and local communities. Like many students, going into college she had little idea what she wanted to do academically, but has since found a passion for storytelling, media and the UW journalism program.


Bob Willey / Dan Warner Memorial Scholarship

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


Jack Boardman || Jack Boardman is pursuing a double major in communication and political science, as well as a sales certificate from the Foster School of Business. After graduation, he plans to start a career in sales and advertising.

Francesca Petrizzo || Francesca is studying Communication with aspirations to work in the healthcare field someday doing public relations and advertising. She was born and raised on the east coast, in McLean, Virginia. As a child, she was a patient at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC and this summer she will be a research intern in the public relations and marketing department at the hospital.

Heather Zender || Heather Zender loves the art of speech, performance and presentation. She values transparency, positivity, philanthropy and traveling. She is the Philanthropy Chair, and a proud sister of, Alpha Delta Pi. Heather is a first generation college student, and says she is very grateful for all the support from her family to pursue her dreams.



Cassie Lawrence Bryant Endowed Scholarship

The Cassie Lawrence Bryant Scholarship was established in honor of Ms. Bryant and her service to the Association for Women in Communications. She was elected as the first treasurer of Theta Sigma Phi, the original name of the organization, which was founded on this campus. Early in her professional life, she saw the importance of strong local and national organizations committed to the development of women journalists.


Tanya Isarankura || Tanya Isarankura strives to one-day work in the media and entertainment industry. By utilizing today’s wide social connectivity and modern technology, she aspires to bring and spread happiness to the world, particularly in the elevation of minority representation in the media.



David Horsey Scholarship

David Horsey is a 1976 graduate of the Communication department here at the UW. At UW he took on the job of political cartoonist for the UW Daily and became the first cartoonist to become editor in chief. In 1979, he was hired by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and over the next 32 years, he won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work. He worked for the Los Angeles Times, and in 2014, he received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his cartoons related to social justice issues. He recently returned to Seattle to work at the Seattle Times. He and his wife, Nole-Ann Usery-Horsey, created the David Horsey Endowed Scholarship to support outstanding students in journalism.  


Megan Main || Megan has spent the last eight years working as a wedding and event coordinator in the Seattle area. Her passion for working with people, and desire to have a greater positive impact on the community, led her to the UW. After graduation, Megan plans to pursue a career in the field of fundraising and development.

Shaarika Kaul || Shaarika Kaul has been involved in research on campus, is a Teaching Assistant with the Foster School of Business, co-founded the fusion-music group Unplugged, and is student assistant at CoMotion Labs. This summer, she will be interning as a Digital Marketing & Social Media intern at Visa.



Don Pember Journalism Endowed Scholarship

The Don Pember Journalism Endowed Fund was established in honor of Professor Don Pember, who cared greatly about providing education opportunities to all students. 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 was recognized two years later for excellence in teaching by the Carnegie Foundation. He retired in the early 2000s.


Josh Kirshenbaum || Originally from Mountain View, California, Josh is in his second year at the UW. He has spent the past year as the Sports Editor at the UW Daily, primarily covering softball and football. His favorite experience as a journalist thus far has been going to Phoenix to cover the Washington Huskies football team at the Fiesta Bowl, last December.

The Pam Edstrom, WE Communication Student Support Fund

Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, Inc. established this award to honor Pam Edstrom, a public relations industry pioneer. This fund celebrates and cements Edstrom’s legacy in our community, and will carry on her work and aid those with the passion to grow and find their own place. This scholarship is being awarded this year for the first time, and will go annually to undergraduate Communication majors.


Hannah Gavin || Hannah Gavin is currently a junior, pursuing a double degree in Communication and Informatics. She has a particular interest in investigating the relationship between communication and technology. She is dedicated to academia, maintaining a GPA of 3.65 while at the UW. After graduating, Hannah hopes to work in the tech-industry in a managerial role.

Marleny Monterrozo || Marleny Monterrozo is a transfer student from Bellevue College. Her motivation and resilience, she says, come from being a single parent /role model to her young son Miguel. Besides academics, she also has worked with nonprofit organizations and is currently an intern for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. Upon graduation, she plans on working with firms that have a focus on helping marginalized communities.


Excellence in Journalism Scholarship

This endowment was established by UW Journalism alumni, and provides financial support for journalism students who have expressed an interest in a career in journalism, and to encourage the highest standards of journalism: to encourage excellence in thought and expression, to encourage the exercise of the First Amendment’s right to freedom of speech and the press, and to advance the people’s right to know in a responsible manner.


Samantha Bushman

Julia Dallas || Julia writes for the Daily, where she is the administration beat reporter, along with writing for wellness and arts and leisure. She hopes to one-day work for a major news organization, doing investigative work and helping people.

Sandra Maszak || Sandra Maszak transferred to the UW from Clark College last autumn, where she worked as the student newspaper’s managing editor. After graduation, she plans to pursue teaching as a career and use her journalism experience to help improve the experience of students, parents, and teachers.

Blake Peterson || Blake Peterson has written for publications like The Daily, the Seattle Globalist, Real Change, the Bothell-Kenmore and Kirkland Reporters, and others. Although he says that his utmost ambition is to become an entertainment reporter after graduating, Blake has found that almost any topic is worth writing about.


Harold E. Carr Scholarship in Communication

The Harold E. Carr Scholarship in Communication was established by Harold E. and Joyce C. Carr to support upper level undergraduate students in the Department of Communication who study in the fields of journalism, public relations, global communication, and political communication.


Devin Shinn || Devin Shinn is a double major in French and Communication. Shea works two part time jobs, she has achieved the Dean’s list status for seven consecutive quarters. She also volunteers weekly with the UW Unified Special Olympics.



J. Reid and Jane M. Roller Endowed Scholarship in Communication

Jane Roller established the Jane and Reid Roller Scholarship in Communication in memory of her husband, J. Reid Roller, to support Department of Communication undergraduate students. J. Reid Roller was an Associate Professor in the School of Communications in the 1980s. He came to the department after a long career at J. Walter Thompson, a renowned advertising agency (known as JWT since 2005).


Kaitlin Arnold || Kaitlin Arnold is majoring in Communication with a sales certificate from the Foster School of Business. She is actively involved in a nonprofit organization called Treehouse and is interning at PepsiCo. After graduating from the UW in autumn 2018, Kaitlin hopes to pursue a career in marketing, advertising, or sales.

John H. & Harriet Reid Memorial Scholarship

John and Harriet Reid raised nine children, all of whom earned their degrees from the University of Washington. In 1941, Wally Reid, their youngest son, graduated from the University of Washington in Journalism.  After their father’s death in 1960, the family established the John H. & Harriet Reid Memorial Scholarship to honor their parents.


Julia Dallas  

Emma Scher || Emma Scher is a sophomore at the University of Washington, double-majoring in sociology and journalism. She has been a beat reporter and staff writer for the Daily UW, a sociology research intern, and a 2018 Seattle Times Student Voices contributor. She dreams of being a writer for a major publication.

Emily Gilbert || Emily Gilbert has served on the officer team for the UW chapter of the Association for Women in Communication and has written for The Daily and The Seattle Globalist. She will be going to study abroad in Leon Spain this autumn and expect to graduate next spring.

Journalism Foreign Intrigue Scholarship

This endowment was established by a UW Journalism alumna, and 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 and culture.


Taylor McAvoy

Hannah Myrick

Hannah Coffaro

Jack Russillo

Alex Visser

Journalism North American Scholarship

The Journalism North American Scholarship was created through another donor of the Department who was inspired by the Journalism Foreign Intrigue Endowed 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.


Enrique Pérez de la Rosa

Kevin Ellis Endowed Scholarship

The Kevin Ellis Endowed Scholarship was founded in 1985 by the parents of Mr. Ellis who graduated from the UW in 1981. In 1982, he was kidnapped by rebel dissidents in Zimbabwe while on a tour of Africa to learn more about the country and its people. His death was confirmed in 1985. The Westin Hotels and family members and friends have contributed to this fund as well. The scholarship is awarded to students who, like Mr. Ellis, have an interest in international communication.


Adrianne Stowe || Adrianne is a junior majoring in both Communication and International Studies. As a financially independent student, she has been able to make the most out of her time at the UW by working and receiving generous financial aid. Her immediate career plans include interning for the US Embassy in Albania this upcoming summer.

Busra Cigner || Busra Cigner is double majoring in communication and political science with a concentration in international security.  Busra has a passion for writing, Middle Eastern politics, and finance and is the treasurer for the Association for Women in Communication UW chapter.

Marjorie Kaczor Alhadeff Endowed Scholarship in Journalism

The Marjorie Kaczor Alhadeff Endowed Scholarship in Journalism was established by Marjorie Kaczor Alhadeff who graduated from the University of Washington in 1971, with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Sociology and Communications (Editorial Journalism).  An ardent advocate of responsibility and ethical reporting, she offers this scholarship in support of future responsible and ethical reporters.


Ester Kim || As a multimedia journalist, Ester Kim is finishing her last year at the University of Washington. After switching gears from biochemistry to journalism – spending a few months in India in between – Ester came back to school to finish her degree as a first-generation student. She has since been a Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Scholar, interned with The Seattle Globalist and published work all around Seattle.

Abigail Taylor || Abigail Taylor has been a Dean’s List student for the entirety of her time at the University of Washington. She has been accepted to study abroad with the Communications Department in León, Spain next fall. She says she is passionate about the ethics of journalism and telling the stories of unheard voices.

Marty Wilson Endowed Scholarship

The Marty Wilson Scholarship was established in 1996 with memorial gifts received from Marty Wilson’s family, friends, and admirers. Her professional career began in 1957 with the development of a 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 UW School of Communications. Her many achievements and awards throughout her creative and courageous career offer an example of what a new generation of journalists can accomplish.


Alec Dietz || Alec is an aspiring sports journalist at the UW, with over 100 sports clips published at The Daily. Also appearing in the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog and South Seattle Emerald, Alec has covered various political events while in the journalism program. This summer, Alec will be working more with the South Seattle Emerald, as their Seattle Storm reporter.

Blake Peterson

Max and Monica Holsinger Scholarship

The Max & Monica Holsinger Scholarship was established in 2006. 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 to not only support UW journalism students, but also the communities in which the students will ultimately pursue their careers.


Jacob Goldstein-Street || Jake Goldstein-Street is originally from Shoreline, Washington and says that his love of “All the President’s Men” has made him want to become a political reporter who holds those in power accountable. He was placed on the Dean’s List for academic excellence for each of his first two quarters at the UW.

Zachary Jablonski || Zachary transferred to the University of Washington during fall 2017, after earning his Associate’s Degree at Olympic College in Bremerton. Throughout this year, he has been a member of the Husky Drumline as a cymbal player. After graduation next year, he plans to be a reporter.



Northwest Asian Weekly Scholarship

Assunta Ng, the President and Publisher of Northwest Asian Weekly and the Chinese Post, established the Northwest Asian Weekly Scholarship. She received her bachelor’s degree from the UW in 1974, her teaching certificate in 1976, and a master’s degree in Speech Communication in 1979. In 1982 and 1983, she founded the Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly, respectively, with a goal to connect an Asian community that was greatly ignored by other newspapers in Seattle. Assunta has been honored many times for her work in the Asian community and beyond.


Nicole Pasia || Nicole Pasia is a first-year student at the University of Washington, who hopes to travel the world as a journalist for National Geographic. This year, she was placed on the Dean’s List for autumn and winter quarter. Outside of the classroom, Nicole enjoys photography, dance classes, and playing alto saxophone in the Husky Marching band.



Northwest Automotive Press Association Scholarship

The Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) is a professional organization of automotive journalists and media members from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Southwest Canada. Founded in 1991, NWAPA includes 53 voting members representing more than 100 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, media groups and the Internet. Non-voting members include representatives from automotive manufacturers and related industry professionals. NWAPA and its members are dedicated to supporting future journalists (automotive or otherwise) and are proud to offer this scholarship to journalism students.


Hayden Hallman || Hayden Hallman says he first found his interest in communications and journalism while taking a public speaking course at Bellevue College. Immediately after graduating, Hayden plans to attend Navy OCS and earn his title of Sailor before entering the civilian workforce.



Richard Earl Wiegand 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 2006. Richard Weigand was born in Illinois and attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a degree in communications. Richard would go on to be elected President and recognized as a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. Deborah Wiegand has been a longtime faculty member in Chemistry here at the UW and is beloved by students. She is deeply committed to community partnerships, and in 2000, she received the Sterling Munro Public Service Faculty Award.


Abigail Taylor

Robert F. Philip Scholarship

Robert F. Philip graduated from the UW in 1940 and was an active participant in, and observer of, University affairs for over 6 decades — as a University of Washington student in the 1930s, as president of the Tri-City Herald newspaper, as a member of the Medical School’s visiting committee, as district governor of the Alumni Association and, for 18 years, as a member of the University of Washington Board of Regents. Mr. Philip established this scholarship to ensure academic and professional excellence at the University, in particular in the field of Communication.


Elaine Chen || Elaine Chen is pursuing a double degree in Communication and Computer Science. She is a globally-focused team player with a diverse educational background, and a knack for technology, and interpersonal communication.

Brian Lee || Brian Lee has eclectic passions and ambitions. Interested in helping others, he wants to leverage the media and business world to better the workplace and equalize the representation of people. He also has a passion of fashion, which he hopes will one day lead him to meet great designers such as his role model, Jerry Lorenzo.

Amanda Lin || Amanda Lin’s decision to pursue a Communication major stemmed from her interest in various methods of communication and its significance as a bridge between different groups. She aspires to be a dedicated citizen one day who can use communication pathways to assist others in finding a better life.

Brooke Manning || Brooke Manning is originally from Oklahoma, but left in order to pursue a better education in Seattle. She is currently an exchange student at King’s College in London, and a writer for The UW Daily, The Tab King’s, the Study House Blog, and an intern for the Hungarian Book Publishing Company.

Paige Neether || Paige Neether is a transfer student from Bellevue College – where she finished her AA degree after doing Running Start as a senior in high school. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, graduated with high distinction from Bellevue College, and has been on the Dean’s List here at the UW since she transferred. Paige says that being accepted to the UW, and getting into this major, have been her biggest successes this year. She is excited to graduate and enter the work force with her background in Communication.

Torey Robinson || Torey Robinson is a transfer junior majoring in Communication and minoring in earth and space science. Torey hopes to pursue a career in public relations or event planning.

Chiantee Rosete || Chiantee has consistently been placed on the Dean’s List, both at previous colleges, as well as at the University of Washington. She has maintained a high academic standing throughout her college career, while working full time and simultaneously maintaining her grades.

Shelby Schumacher || Shelby Schumacher is a double major in creative writing and Communication and has been on the Dean’s List almost every quarter here at the UW.

Julia Stark || Julia Stark says she is inspired and motivated by art and creation. She is a student of life, and loves to feed her insatiable curiosity with thousands of Google searches and even more questions. Life presents itself with just as many obstacles as advantages, but in a certain light these obstacles can be seen as opportunities for growth, so Julia welcomes them.

Audrey Weiss || Audrey Weiss was born in Portland, Oregon, and moved to Seattle to attend the UW. She is a Communication and Political Science double major. Audrey has had both a job and an internship at the same time every quarter since starting at the UW, while maintaining placement on the annual Dean’s List. Additionally, she is an active member in the UW community, writing for the University of Washington Daily, as a sorority member of UW Pi Beta Phi, and as a member of Undergraduate Women in business. She is a hard worker and passionate about the world of communication.

Shuyi Xu || Shuyi believes that the most notable academic challenge she has had to overcome is the language barrier. As a non-native speaker of English, there are times when the readings and presentations that she has needed to complete for class have been difficult. However, by spending more time on the class content, and asking for help from the faculty, she has triumphed and flourished during her time within the department.

Angela Sui Yan Wong || Angela Wong is an international student from Hong Kong. She says it was difficult at first for her to adjust to life at the UW after transferring from a community college, and it was also hard returning to school after starting her own business, four years prior. She says that although it feels like everything is challenging to her because of her age and background, she vows to never give up, because she believes one’s effort will pay off.

Robert L. Patterson Scholarship

Robert Patterson was professor emeritus at Castleton State College in Vermont. After the passing of his wife in 1991, Marilyn Mathis Patterson, UW Class of 1948, he arranged for an endowment for her alma mater.  Marilyn was an avid journalism alumna, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Delta Pi, and recipient of the UW Faculty Medal while she was a student here. 


Ryann Funk || Ryann is an active member of the Chi Omega sorority at the UW, where she has served two years as the Alumni Relations Chair and Foundation Ambassador. This summer she will be interning with the Lynwood-based clothing store, Zumiez, in Store Operations at their headquarters.

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Jeffrey Wu || Born in Portland, OR, Jeffrey says his transition to Seattle was difficult as he struggled to find a new sense of belonging. However, luckily for him, he has found a new community of very close friends within the Department of Communication. With his Communication major, he plans to act within the film industry and break through the many stereotypes that plague Hollywood actors.

Ruddick C. & Cherry Lawrence Endowed Scholarship

The Ruddick C. and Cherry Lawrence Endowed Scholarship was founded in 1996. 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 The 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.


Amber Caudle || Amber is a Communication and environmental science student at the UW. She says she is very passionate about the world around her and believes she can make a difference. During her time at the UW, she has had great experiences and adventures. The most recent rewarding has been her time abroad studying communication and culture in Rome, Italy.

Daisha Campbell || Daisha Campbell is a junior from Lake Tapps, Washington. She is studying Communication and pursing a Professional Sales Certificate from the Foster School of Business. She is interested primarily in medical device sales, and hopes to make this her future career. 

Rebekah Fonden || Rebekah Fonden is a single mother who has gone to school while working to make a better future for herself and daughter. She completed her business transfer degree while working full-time. Rebekah then transferred to the UW, maintaining a full time class load, being placed on the Dean’s List and working a part time job.



Seattle Times/Blethen Family Memorial Scholarship

The Seattle Times / Blethen Family Memorial Scholarship was established in 1990 with a goal to introduce new ideas and customs into university study programs; and to spread ideas, understanding and information to the general public by increasing the number of underrepresented men and women in journalism.


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