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Amezcua Scholarship

$8,000 in honor of Hector Amezcua, a bilingual photojournalist who worked for almost 30 years for McClatchy, including two decades for The Sacramento Bee. His keen eyes capture the humanity of his subjects. Always looking to improve his considerable skills, Hector mastered video early and earned an FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems license in 2017. He now is a multimedia specialist for UC Davis and a Sacramento-based visual journalist freelancer.


General Scholarship Fund
General Scholarship fund
Ruyak Scholarship
$4,000 in honor of Beth Ruyak, the host for Capital Public Radio’s Insight program, whose mission is to cover “breaking news and ideas, music, arts & culture with responsible journalism, civil discussion, and diverse voices,” according to capradio.org.  Ruyak is a thoughtful, deeply informed and gracious interviewer. Her wide and varied journalism career spans almost 40 years, including hosting daytime television, newsmagazine shows, special events and reporting from five Olympic Games, Super Bowl XXV and -- in a first for a female television journalist -- covering the Tour de France.
Kasler Scholarship
$6,000 in honor of Dale Kasler, one of California’s top water and environment reporters, who has worked for The Sacramento Bee for more than two decades. He briefly became part of the story in 2019 when police detained Kasler and other journalists covering a protest over the shooting death of Stephon Clark. Kasler, a model for any aspiring journalist, is versatile, hard-working and has the ability to make the complex understandable, and do it on deadline. He has reported on a variety of topics, including business, and earlier in his career was a reporter for the Des Moines Register for 10 years.
Wong Scholarship
$4,000 in honor of Lonnie Wong, a fixture of the Sacramento media through his longtime tenure at FOX40: He’s worked at the station since before the FOX TV Network was born. He joined the station in 1980 and recently celebrated 40 years as an anchor and reporter for the station. Wong has been on the scene of local news stories big and small, from crime to government, including covering the first Sacramento Kings game in this city in 1985. He is known for his work mentoring students and helping nonprofits, and helped found the Sacramento chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, which honored him in 2015 for his journalism and his 30 years as a board member.
Gillam Scholarship
$4,000 in honor of the late Jerry Gillam, a 35-year veteran of the Capitol press corps. He is remembered for his knowledgeable political reporting in the Los Angeles Times’ Sacramento bureau, his friendly mentoring of new Capitol reporters and his larger-than-life sense of humor.
Skelton Scholarship
$4,000 in honor of the late Nereida Skelton. Nereida was a beloved journalism teacher for more than four decades. he was the advisor to the McClatchy High School student newspaper, where she often worked long hours and served as a mentor to outstanding students.
Walters Scholarship
$4,000 in honor of Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee who has worked as a journalist for more than a half-century. His column appears in more than 50 California newspapers.
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