2019 Scholarship Award Recipients

The Society of Professional Journalists Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter is proud to award a total of $8,000 in scholarships to five students pursuing a career in journalism.

“It is our chapter’s honor to give a well-deserved boost to these hard-working students. They represent all that is good and noble in journalism. They give us hope for the future,” said Stephanie Bluestein, SPJ/LA chapter president.

And the 2019 SPJ/LA scholarship winners are…

Richard D. Hendrickson Memorial Scholarship
Text/print journalism – Stephanie Lai – UCLA

Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship
Ethnic diversity – Kate Sequeira – USC

Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Broadcast journalism – Blake Atwell – Santa Monica College

Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship
Investigative or political reporting – Kaidi (Ruby) Yuan – USC

Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship
College journalism majors or high school students who will be majoring in journalism – Julie Madsen – UC Berkeley

Below is the brief history of the five scholarships:

Richard Hendrickson Memorial Scholarship–This scholarship is awarded to college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in text/print journalism. Hendrickson, a longtime newspaper reporter and editor before becoming a college professor, was serving as SPJ/LA’s treasurer when he died unexpectedly in July 2018. ($2,000)

Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship–This scholarship is awarded to a college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International News Service and was covering the Korean War when he was killed aboard an Army aircraft. ($1,500)

Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship–This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing broadcast journalism. Johnson was a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate producer of “Meet the Press.” ($1,500)

Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship–This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by President Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,500)

Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship–This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism. Farr, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson murder trial. ($1,500)

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