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General Scholarship Fund
General Scholarship fund
$8,000 in honor of the late Earl “Squire” Behrens, a former political editor of the San Francisco Chronicle who covered the state Capitol for a half-century. His “Political Notes” column was considered groundbreaking.
$6,000 in honor of the late Jean Stephens, the long-time Secretary-Treasurer of the Sacramento Press Club and a retired Sacramento City College journalism instructor who helped thousands of journalism students become professional journalists over a 30-year career.
$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.
$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.
$4,000 in honor of the late Julie Soderlund. Known to the Capitol press corps as “Thumbs” for her speedy typing during media scrums outside Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office, Julie Soderlund was respected by reporters and colleagues alike for her professionalism, her work ethic and her talent.
$4000 in honor of Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, currently international correspondent covering Central Europe for NPR and previously board member for the Sacramento Press Club when she was based in Sacramento. She has covered the Arab World for NPR from the Middle East to North Africa. In 2006, she opened the NPR Kabul Bureau and won a Peabody Award, Overseas Press Club Award and the Gracie for coverage of Afghanistan over the next four years.
$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.