Webster Students Win Press Club Scholarships

ST. LOUIS (JULY 13, 2015) – Webster University School of Communications students earned several scholarships at the annual Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis Summer Scholarship Luncheon. The luncheon was held at the Norman Probstein Clubhouse in Forest Park on June 23.

School of Communications scholarship recipients include: 

Christina Cody$500 Press Club Internship Scholarship

Sierra Hancock$1,000 West End Word and Webster University Journalism Foundation Scholarship

Olivia Heibeck$1,000 Press Club Internship Scholarship

Rachael Mencel$1,000 Webster-Kirkwood Times and Webster University Journalism Foundation Scholarship

Alison Stabenow$1,000 Press Club Martin P. Quigley Media Scholarship

Brian Ruth, the recipient of the $2,500 Press Club Neiman Marcus Media Scholarship, recently graduated from St. Louis Community College. He plans to study journalism at Webster University beginning in August.   

St Louis Journalism Scholarship Luncheon Don Corrigan, a Webster University professor of journalism in the School of Communications and co-publisher of Times Newspapers and West End Word, and Rick Rockwell, associate dean of the School of Communications at Webster University, presented the scholarships co-sponsored by the university to Hancock and Heibeck.

Jennifer Blome is a former longtime anchor at KSDK-TV and director of humane education for the Animal Protective Association of Missouri. As the 2015 Press Club’s 2015 Media Person of the Year, she spoke as a featured guest at the luncheon. She told students that half the battle to success in the media field is persistence and “just showing up” when no one else is there to cover an important, newsworthy event.

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